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Justin Doellman wasn't the only one disappointed. PHOTO: V. SALGADO - FCB

Satoransky found it tough to penetrate Madrid's defence. PHOTO: V. SALGADO - FCB

FC Barcelona wasn't able to win its first title of the season as Real Madrid led from the first quarter, winning 99-78.  Barça tried everything but could not overcome the hot-shooting Madrid, despite Ante Tomic's 17 points.

Madrid found the rhythm

The first 10 minutes of the game were controlled by Sergi Llull. The guard scored 15 points in the first quarter, one more then the entire Barcelona team, who were cold out of the gate and paid for it dearly. Only Tomic held the ship afloat until Barça coach Xavi Pascual called a timeout with his team down 19-8 after seven minutes of play. Just three minutes later Madrid ran the score to 29-14.

Time to react

Barça tried to get back in the game. They tightened up on defence, became more aggressive and tried to spread the ball around on attack, but Tomic found himself alone in the paint with no support. DeShaun Thomas made a pair of threes and Lampe added a few baskets to close the gap to 32-24 in the beginning of the second quarter. Soon after, Barça got to within 40-36 with Oleson and Doellman in the game. But Madrid answered with a 7-0 run and led 49-39 at the half.

Still trailing

Barça kept trying but couldn't break through. After Llull and Rudy began the second half with baskets to put the score at 57-43, Navarro and Abrines drained a pair of threes to close to within ten at 59-49. But it was not enough. Key turnovers haunted Barça and at the end of three quarters the score was 71-59.

Last gasp

There remained hope that they could play a flawless fourth quarter and maybe pull it out. But it was not to be. Madrid kept their lead at 10 points or more with excellent three point shooting and led by a maximum of 21 points before the final horn blew.

LA FITXA DEL PARTIT

R. Madrid, 99
FCB, 78

RM: Llull (21), Rudy (17), Carroll (4), Ayón (8), Mejri (0) –starting fivel-; Rivers (11), Nocioni (7), Campazzo (3), Maciulis (0), Reyes (7), Rodriguez (6), Bourousis (17).

FCB: Satoransky (5), Abrines (8), Oleson (8), Doellman (4), Tomic (17) –starting five-; Huertas (8), Navarro (7), Pleiss (4), Thomas (9), Lampe (8), Nachbar (0).

By quarter: 29-14, 20-25, 22-20, 28-19

 

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