FC Barcelona Lassa 73-86 Saski Baskonia: Collapse in final period
A disastrous start to the last ten minutes sentences an otherwise tight but ultimately meaningless Euroleague game for the blaugrana
Barça Lassa are already out of the Euroleague and are just seeing out their fixtures, while Baskonia are locked in a battle with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the remaining berth in the playoffs, and it was the Basques who came off the better with a crushing final period to win 73-86 at the Palau.
A 0-14 streak towards the end tipped the balance of what had been a tightly contested affair until then. Voigtmann (17) and Poirier (15) were outstanding for the visiting side, but Barça Lassa’s Koponen (21 points, 5/5 for 3-pointers) and Oriola (15) were both on song too.
Tight as the game was, it was not until the 23rd minute that the Catalans had any kind of lead (47-43), but Baskonia soon cancelled that out and the final quarter started 58-63.
It was then the visiting surge as good as sentenced the game at 58-77, with Barça taking five minutes to find any kind of score, and ending up playing a game of catch-up against the clock that they never seriously looked like winning.