American Brad Oleson chipped in with six points as Barça beat Milan. PHOTO: EUROLEAGUE

FC Barcelona beat EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 78-63 in a game decided before halftime thanks to a 25-15 second quarter. The result was never really in doubt as Alex Abrines led the way with 21 points, 15 of which came from beyond the arc.

DeShaun Thomas had three three-pointers in the first quarter while Tomas Satoransky's debut gave the Club a new look. A 20-5 run in the beginning of the second quarter put the score at 40-22 as Barça showed no mercy in the face of a defensively weak Milan. Barça, on the other hand, was strong on defence. It looked the be their best quarter of basketball so far this season.

Just before the half Milan clawed back slightly but still found themselves down by 13 at 45-32. With any agressiveness sorely lacking for the home team, the fans became restless. A brief surge by Milan brrought them to within eight points at the 25 minute mark, but a cool and calm Barça went back out on the fast break and resumed their dominance. Milan were working harder but progress was impossible with the lights out shooting of Abrines.

The fourth quarter was uneventful with both sides struggling to find any rhythm. When Milan's Linas Kleiza finally started to heat up, Barça slammed the door shut with yet another opportune three ball.


Olimpia Milano, 63
FCB, 78

Milan: Hackett (15), Moss (4), Gentile (11), Samuels (11) and Melli (2) –starting five-; Ragland (0), Brooks (2), Cerella (0), Kleiza (10), James (8).

FC Barcelona: Huertas (3), Oleson (6), Thomas (12), Doellman (7) and Tomic (2) –starting five-; Hezonja (2), Abrines (21), Satoransky (5), Pleiss (16), Nachbar (4).

By quarter: 17-20, 15-25, 18-18, 13-15.

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