FC Barcelona Lassa 89-67 Maccabi Tel Aviv: Big win on historic night
Barça go 4-5 in the Euroleague regular season as they defeat the Israelis and also celebrate two decades of Juan Carlos Navarro at the Palau Blaugrana
Barça Lassa fought hard and got the reward with a huge 89-67 win against Maccabi in the Euroleague on Thursday night, a game that will also be remembered for honouring the amazing 20th anniversary of Juan Carlos Navarro’s first team debut.
The game itself got off to a slow start, with neither side getting into their scoring rhythm, but a 12-4 streak in the second period saw Barça fly into a lead that was as high as 34-15 by the quarter hour.
The Israelis had a mountain to climb and the Catalans were adamant that they weren’t even going to make an assault on the foothills. By the break, they still led by twenty at 44-24.
There was more intensity from the visitors when the play resumed, but Barça were outstanding on defence and a slam-dunk from Seraphin followed by a three from Sanders made it 51-26. No chance of a comeback from there.
Maccabi kept pressing, but for the home side it was just a case of holding onto their massive lead. With Sanders setting a personal best with six 3-pointers they did a fine job of that and the biggest cheers of all were reserved for the 35th minute when Navarro took to the court to a standing ovation.
The man of the moment lived up to the occasion with a trademark ‘bomb’ in the final seconds, by which time the Israelis had managed to save some face but never came close to threatening a comfortable home win.
It leaves Barça 4-5 and mid table in regular Euroleague season play.