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Dorsey scoring against Bilbao

Dorsey was key to the win / PHOTO: ACBPHOTO

FC Barcelona put in a brilliant performance at the Buesa Arena to ensure a place in the league playoff semi-finals, where they will play either València Bàsquet or Cajasol.

Focussed from the off

Barça were in charge from the start, looking focussed and determined as they raced to a seven point lead. The Basques hit back though and actually led 13-12, but a three pointer from Lampe and another score from Dorsey ensured the visitors went in 19-21 up at the end of the first quarter.

Piling on the points

The Dorsey-Lampe combination clicked in the second quarter too, as Barça took a 21-33 lead  helped as usual by some three pointers from Juan Carlos Navarro, who became the maximum scorer of three pointers in the competition with 232, as his team cruised to a 37-49 advantage at the break.

Next stop, the semifinals!

Barça continued to rack up the points in the third quarter and were also able to slow down the game as Laboral Kutxa tried to mount a comeback, stretching their lead to 20 points as the game entered the final 10 minutes and not letting up for a moment till the end, running out clear 71-95 winners to ensure a semi-final match up with the winner of the València Bàsquet and Cajasol quarter final.

STATS

Laboral Kutxa, 71
FC Barcelona, 95

Laboral Kutxa (19+18+12+22): Heurtel (12), Pleiss (7), Causeur (14), San Emeterio (11), Nocioni (14)–starting five- Hanga (2), Hamilton (8) and Renfroe (3).

FC Barcelona (21+28+20+26): Huertas (11), Papanikolaou (9), Oleson (9), Nachbar (6), Tomic (6) –starting five- Abrines (5), Navarro (13), Lorbek (2), Dorsey (8), Lampe (14), Sada and Pullen (12).

Quarter scores: 19-21 / 37-49 / 49-69 / 71-96

Referees:  Conde, Bultó and Martínez Díez.

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