Oleson

Oleson / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

Joey Dorsey

Joey Dorsey / PHOTO: GERMÁN PARGA - FCB

There will be another match at the Palau. It wasn’t what was hopped for, and perhaps it wasn’t what the fans were expecting, but Valencia Basket showed this Tuesday why they finished second in the regular season and why they won the EuroCup. A belief in being able to win, the men led by Perasovic rallied from behind to take a match that looked to be all but decided for the Blaugrana. In the final quarter, Valencia faced a Barça that was more nervous than normal, Dolleman and his teammates battled on to force a fourth match, which will be played on Thursday at 10:00 PM CET.

Good start for the Blaugrana

Even though Valencia hit first, Barça were the team to come out on top in the first quarter. Papanikolaou and Oleson led the team to a 10-point lead after the 8-minute mark. Valencia, on the other hand, bounced back to within five thanks to a rally from Doellman. The quarter came to an end with 25 to 20 on the scoreboard.

Dorsey ignites the Palau

After the opening 10 minutes, Barça got back to work and went on a 6-0 run, and took a lead of 14 point thanks to Dorsey. The American, who missed two of his first four free throws, got the fans off their seats with two spectacular dunks, and on to top it off, he scored his next two free throws (40 to 26, min 18). Perasovic’s men battled back to within 10 points, leaving it 42 to 32 at the half.

Valencia surge

In the second half the Catalans managed to jump to a 13-point lead, but Valencia quickly reacted thanks to Justin Doellman. The Valencia player scored from the exterior and interior, and a three pointer from Ribas pushed the visiting team’s run to 4 to 13 three minutes into the quarter. The third quarter came to an end with 59 to 53 on the scoreboard.

Visiting team take the lead

Valencia started the fourth quarter with two three pointers to tie the game at 59. With more to win than to lose, Perasovic’s men managed their fouls well and Barça attack. The Blaugrana were committing too many unforced errors and Valencia took advantage (68 to 70). In the final minute and a half, Barça were unable to score while Doellman forced fouls and converted the subsequent free throws. Barça had the chance to force overtime but Oleson missed his show. The next game is on Thursday.

MATCH FACTS

FCB, 70
Valencia, 74

FC BARCELONA: Huertas (5), Oleson (8), Papanikolaou (12), Nachbar (5), Tomic (6) --starting five--; Dorsey (20), Sada (-), Abrines (-), Navarro (4), Lorbek (4), Lampe (4), Pullen (2).

VALENCIA BASKET: Van Rossom (7), Lafayette (7), Ribas (11), Doellman (19), Lishchuk (16) --starting five--; Triguero (-), Lucic (11), Martínez (3)