Kirolbet Baskonia 70-77 Barça Lassa: Great cup win in Vitoria
Svetislav Pesic’s team grabbed an important victory in a match that was equal throughout, and in which Kevin Pangos was outstanding
Barça Lassa earned their seventh win of the Euroleague in Vitoria, against a Kirolbet Baskonia side who were their equal throughout. The match was decided in the last period thanks to an inspired Kevin Pangos, the top scorer with 16 points.
A quick fire start from both sides saw some early scores (6-6, min 2), with Pau Ribas in particular helping Barça Lassa to stay ahead by the end of the period (16-19). An increase in the hosts’ success rate ensured that the Blaugranes were never out of sight, and by the end of the second period, thanks to a basket by Singleton on the horn, the visitors were still only slightly in front (39-42).
In the third period, Barça were able to maintain their lead until shortly after the halfway point, when Baskonia managed to block their offensive fluidity. A low-scoring period ended 55-49, but in the final quarter, the Blaugranes upped the intensity and regained their dominance on the scoreboard (57-59, min 34). An inspired Kevin Pangos led the team to victory (70-77), giving Svetislav Pesic’s side a balance of seven wins and seven defeats in the Euroleague.
Kirolbet Baskonia, 70 Barça Lassa, 77
Kirolbet Baskonia: Luca Vildoza (12), Matt Janning (19), Vincent Poirier (6), Hilliard (4) and Tornike Shengelia (8) - starters - Johannes Voigtmann (2), Marcelino Huertas (4), Ilimane Diop (2), Jayson Granger (2) and Shavon Shields (11).
Barça Lassa: Pau Ribas (3), Thomas Heurtel (11), Chris Singleton (10), Victor Claver (3) and Kevin Séraphin (14) - starters - Kevin Pangos (16), Adam Hanga (2), Ante Tomic (-), Artem Pustovyi (9), Kyle Kuric (3) and Pierre Oriola (6).
Breakdown: 16-19 / 39-42 / 55-49 / 70-77
Officials: Christos Christodoulou, Petri Mantyla and Milan Nedovic.