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Xavi Pascual happy with the victory / PHOTO: Àlex Caparrós - FCB

After an intense and hard-fought match, Barça Regal beat Caja Laboral by 66-57. Xavi Pascual highlighted the difficulty of the match in the post-game press conference: “it was a very intense, pretty match with a lot of back-and-forths.”

Furthermore, the Barça manager said the key to victory over the Basque side was “the final quarter, we gave showed our best version; we defended really well and controlled the rebounds.”

Pascual also had words of praise for Erazem Lorbek, who had an excellent game and scored 26 points. “Erazem played a very complete match, but all the players did a great job for the team,” he said.

Along these lines, he also talked about Juan Carlos Navarro: “he wasn’t very accurate in his shooting, but he helped us in play creation. It’s a team victory.”

Finally, the manger readied his team for the final of the King’s Cup. “We have to prepare for the final. We only have 24 hours before the game and we have to recuperate. It will be a very different game and we’ll see if we can come back and play a great final,” said the manager.

Here are the statements made by the Barça Regal players after the match:

Erazem Lorbek:

“Caja Laboral played a great game, but we were better in the final minutes.

“The fans were incredible today.

“Caja Laboral is a great team and we had to play a good game to win.

“We’re happy about how we all played. It was a very difficult match and I hope that on Sunday we can keep it going.”

Boniface Ndong:

“They played excellently on defense and we couldn’t find open shots. In the end, the group fought to earn the win.

“We pushed hard in the last minutes, it was one of the most difficult matches of the season.

“It’s time to sleep, eat well and rest to prepare the final.”

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