Hezonja played a key role in Thursday's victory / ACB

Barça are into the cup semi-finals after a tense win against Valencia with some fine 3-point throwing and a compact performance from the whole team. But it was by no means a game that they had all their own way.

The teams were still tied at 13-13 after 16 minutes, whereupon Doellman unleashed his full potential against his former club, Navarro (rested in the last game at Badalona) started to shine and Hezonja exploded. The period ended with Barça 25-21 up but looking ready to cause a lot more damage.

Sato, Dubljevic and Aguilar were scoring almost all the points for Valencia, but their situation worsened as they gathered a worrying number of fouls. Barça pushed on, and by the break were edging further ahead at 44-38.

The second half started at a frenetic pace. Barça took their lead into two figures at 57-47 before Valencia issued a reminder that they were still there by getting things back to 62-57. But back to back threes from Abrines hurt them badly, with an 8-0 streak leaving matters at 70-59 for the final period.

Satoransky took control as the Catalans played down the clock for the final ten  minutes. Valencia managed to claw back to 85-80, but by this stage there was little doubt that Barça would be the side progressing to the semi-finals.

Pascual impressed

Coach Xavi Pascual said after the game that "despite the injuries, we performed commendably and didn’t let them compete. We’re on good form at the moment … It was a good all-round display and a nice match for the spectators … But it was a tough game. It was not easy. We were up against a side that knows how to play this game.”

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FC Barcelona: Huertas (4), Oleson, Thomas, Doellman (16), Tomic –starting five-, Hezonja (13), Abrines (16), Navarro (4), Satoransky (3), Pleiss (4) & Nachbar.

València Basket: Nedovic (2), Martínez (8), Sato (10), Loncar (9), Aguilar (10)–starting five-, Ribas (4), Van Rossom (11), Lucic, Dubljevic (19), Vives & Harangody (7).

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