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Tomic tries to get past Pleiss. PHOTO: EUROLEAGUE

Barça kept up their 100% record in the last 16 of the Euroleague with a convincing win over  Laboral Kutxa tonight, with  Tomic scoring 25 points and Lorbek also putting in a good performance in attack. Barça were particularly impressive in the first and third quarters,

Excellent start

After a sparkling first quarter that saw Tomic amd Huertas lead the team to a 27-17 lead, the hosts tightened up in the second quarter, drawing level at 29-29, before Barça managed to get ahead again, with the teams going in 31-33 at the interval.

Magnificent third quarter

Barça then showed plenty of character after the break to claim a 10 point lead going into the final quarter (49-59), again thanks to solid work from Tomic and Huertas. The fourth quarter belonged to Navarro, who made it 57-71 with five minutes to go and then turned on the points to help Pascual’s team to a comfortable 68-80 win that gives them an impeccable 7.0 record in the Top 16 so far.

STATS

Laboral Kutxa, 68
FCB, 80

Laboral: Heurtel (6), Causeur (2), San Emeterio (22), Nocioni (6) i Pleiss (15) –starting five-; Mainoldi (1), Hanga (9), Diop (4), Hodge (3), Jelinek (0).

FC Barcelona: Huertas (16), Navarro (15), Papanikolaou (2), Lorbek (12) i Tomic (24) –starting five-; Pullen (0), Dorsey (2), Sada (0), Abrines (2), Hezonja (0), Oleson (5), Nachbar (2).

Partial scores:27-27, 14-6, 18-26, 19-21.



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