Juan Carlos Navarro got his 900th ACB three-pointer / PHOTO: Álex Caparrós - FCB

The atmosphere at the Palau Blaugrana was festive as Barça Regal thumped Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (86-59). With this win, Barça’s 18th this season in the Liga Endesa, Xavi Pascual’s men maintain their advantage at the top of the table over Real Madrid.

Barça Regal’s initial 9-0 run showed that the Catalans went out onto the court with intensity from the start. The Madrid side, despite their attempts to shore up their defence, were overrun by Barça’s incisive runs and passes. Barça’s best player in the first quarter was Boniface Ndong. The Barça supporters thoroughly enjoyed the Senegalese’s performance as he netted 11 points and secured 2 rebounds. A three-pointer from Ingles at the end of the first quarter closed out the scoring (26-23).

Maximum demand

Fuenlabrada was feeling a bit more comfortable on offence in the second quarter. Seeing how his team conceded a 0-6 run, Pascual called a timeout to jolt his men back to action. It worked. Little by little, Barça Regal picked up the slack in the final minutes of the quarter, especially from the three-point line. At the end of the first half the scoreboard read 45-31.

At the start of the second half, Barça recuperated their intensity from the first quarter. The Azulgranas were sinking three-pointers and laying off passes that set up easy baskets. The Madrid side, while being overrun, never gave up, and tried to mount a comeback. With just two minutes left in the third quarter, Ndong, left the court with a cut just above his eyebrow. Lorbek, from the three-point line, made it 69-43 at the end of the quarter, sealing Barça’s dominance on the court.

Navarro keeps on making history

In the final quarter the tone of the game didn’t change. Barça was dominating and the Catalans extended their lead to 27 points. It was a special quarter for Juan Carlos Navarro, who, with three minutes left, sunk his 900th three-pointer of his career. Xavi Pascual sent in the young Josep Pérez, who played the final 7 minutes of the match (86-59).

MATCH STATS

FCB REGAL, 86
MAD-CROC FUENLABRADA, 59

FCB Regal (26+19+24+17): Huertas (5), Navarro (13), Ndong (13), Lorbek (19), Mickeal (7) –starting five-, Sada (5), Perovic (10), Vázquez, Wallace (3), Ingles (8), Rabaseda (3), Pérez.

Mad-Croc Fuenlabrada (13+18+12+16): Mainoldi (6), Laviña (4), Colom (2), Blanco (2), Laso –starting five-, Hall (6), Sánchez (7), Penney (12), Vega (6), Diouf (10), Cortaberría, Muñoz (4).

Referees: Juan Carlos Arteaga, Carlos Cortés i Rial.