Barça Lassa took a big win over Armani Exchange Olimpia Milano on Matchday 9 of the Euroleague season, besting the Italian outfit 90-80 at the Palau Blaugrana. An impressive second quarter showing allowed the team to defeat one of the most in-form teams in the competition in the Friday night showdown.
The match began with both teams shooting well in the opening five minutes, and the visitors held a slight lead (11-13). A three-pointer on the buzzer at the end of the first quarter from Jaka Blazic made it 24-25.
In the second quarter, Barça Lassa let loose. A 12-0 partial provided an impressive 33-15 lead, setting the home side up for the victory. Although their Italian opposition would cut the gap slightly by the end of the first half, consecutive triples from Singleton and a great solo move by Pangos meant that the home side were still comfortable heading into the second (53-42).
The gap between the two sides was extended at the start of the second half, when a three-pointer made it 65-49 on 25 minutes. Defensive work and high intensity kept Barça Lassa in front, and they would pull 20 points ahead on the half-hour (74-54).
The final period saw the Blaugrana continue in control, and they never allowed their opponents back into the game.
A 90-80 victory sets them up perfectly for the week ahead, which culminates with El Clásico against Real Madrid.
Barça Lassa, 90
Olimpia Milano, 80
Barça Lassa: Pangos (7), Kuric (15) (4), Hanga, Singleton (8), Tomic (12) –starting five- Séraphin (6), Ribas (-), Blazic (8), Heurtel (20), Oriola (8), Claver (2).
Olimpia Milano: James (19), Micov (6), Cinciarini (5), Brooks (17), Tarczewski (-) –starting five- Gudaitis (13), Fontecchio (-), Bertans (-), Kuzminskas (10), Jerrells (10).
Partials: 24-25, 53-42, 74-54, 90-80
Referees: Christos Christodoulou, Tomislav Hordov, Amit Balak.