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Dorsey during the game. PHOTO: VÍCTOR SALGADO - FCB

Barça chalked up an opening day win against Valencia after staging a great comeback in the second half. 22-36 down at the break, Barça clawed their way back into the game thanks to some excellent triples from Papanikolaou and Navarro to go into a heart stopping final quarter and take the win by a single point (76-75).

Close start

Lampe got Barça’s first points, but Valencia’s Lishchuk was ruling the roost aafter a tight first ten minutes, a three pointer from Hezonja gave Barça a narrow lead after ten minutes (18-15).

Sato-Dubljevic

Valencia came out fighting for the second quarter though and with Sato and Dubljevic proving lethal for the visitors. Doellman was also scoring freely and Valencia raced to a 24-41 lead on 39 minutes. Nachbar led the fight back for Barça and by the break reduced the difference to (34-45).

Three pointers bring Barça back

Papanikolaou stepped up in the third quarter and after two three pointers and another from   Abrines, Barça were just two points adrift (45-47). Dorsey then chipped in and the hosts now took the lead (50-47). With Abrines off injured, Navarro came on and joined Papanikolau in helping Barça take a (61-55) lead.

Heart stopping final quarter

A Navarro three pointer did indeed appear to have sealed the win  (68-61), but Barça seemed to lose focus and Valencia cut their lead to a single point and with Papanikolaou and Doellman interchanging points, it took a miss from the American to ensure Barça came away with a win from their first league game of the new season.

STATS

FC Barcelona, 76
València Basket, 75

FC Barcelona (18+16+29+13)
: Huertas (5), Abrines (6), Papanikolaou (14), Lampe (12), Tomic (4) -starting five- Dorsey (9), Sada (2), Navarro (9), Todorovic, Hezonja (3), Nachbar (12) and Pullen.

València Basket (15+30+14+16): Sato (6), Martínez (17), Aguilar (1), Lishchuk (9), Van Rossom (3) -starting five- Triguero (2), Doellman (25), Dubljevic (12) and Lafayette.

Parcial scores
: 18-15 / 34-45 / 63-59 / 76-75

Referees: García González, José Araña and Manuel.


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