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A third win in three preseason games as Barça beat Joventut de Badalona (68-75) this Sunday in a match played at the Olímpic de Badalona. In the first half, Sarunas Jasikevicius' side were outscored in the rebound and lost the ball, but a reaction in the third period helped the Catalans to prevail.
The game began with Joventut de Badalona taking advantage of the first possessions (8-0), though Barça's 0-7 reaction brought them right back into it. However, the hosts quickly reopened a gap and, with a basket from Dawson on the horn, ended the period 20-13.
In the second period, Barça saw their opponents go 10 points ahead (31-21, min 14). A good few minutes and a successful Orihuela saw the Catalans briefly back in contention (31-28), but once again, a greater success at the basket saw Joventut surge ahead by halftime (40-32).
Barça increase the pace
In the second half, Barça were able to find the rhythm of the game much more, and by 28 minutes had their noses in front (46-47). A fourth period which saw them stay ahead meant a third win on the trot. The next challenge will be on Friday 4 September, in the semifinals of the Catalan League against Manresa.
Joventut de Badalona, 68
Joventut de Badalona: Ribas (8), Zagars (3), López-Arostegui (5), Morgan (4) and Tomic (8) –starters-, Bassas (5), Parra (5), Dimitrjevic (8), Dawson (8), Brodziansky (12), Birgander (2) and Ventura (-).
Barça: Bolmaro (9), Brancou (5), Hanga (7), Mirotic (14) and Pustovyi (6) –starters-, Badji (1), Calathes (7), Smits (3), Claver (2), Davies (7), Oriola (7), Heurtel (5) and Martínez (2).
Periods: 20-13 / 40-32 / 50-60 / 68-75
Officials: De Dios Oyon, Padrós Feliu and Baena Arroyo.
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