Marcelinho helped Barça to a road victory at Murcia / FCB ARCHIVE

UCAM: Neto (4), Wood (8), Kelati (2), Radovic (16) & Lima (7) –starting five- Bamforth (-), Antelo (10), Lee (4), Cabezas (13), Rojas (-).

FC Barcelona: Satoransky (4), Navarro (7), Abrines (10), Nachbar (3) & Tomic (6) –starting five- Lampe (13), Oleson (11), Huertas (5), Pleiss (6), Hezonja (3), Thomas (8).

Periods: 21-23 / 18-23 / 11-11 / 14-19.


 

FC Barcelona had little trouble overcoming 12th placed Murcia (64-76) to end a happy week that also saw them defeat Real Madrid in the Euroleague. Doellman was missing but that didn’t prevent the side from collecting a comfortable win that keeps them third (19-8) in the ACB League.

UCAM drew the first blood and led 13-7 following some clear dominance with the rebounds, but 5/7 in first period 3-point attempts soon got Barça back into the game, with an 0-8 charge seeing them fly into a lead that they had extended to ten points after 18 minutes. The half ended 39-46 with Oleson and Abrines exceling with their long-range shooting and Marcelinho providing four assists.

After the restart, Murcia fought back to within two (46-48), and other than a couple of points from free throws, Barça’s scoring went stale until Thomas finally broke the negative streak. The American came off the bench to take 8/11 points and a 0-7 run once again opened up a sizeable gap in favour of the visitors (50-57).

Murcia had battled well to this point, but all the fire went out of their game in the final period. Barça pounced on the opportunity to up their lead to +14 off a Navarro three, and from there on it was just a case of playing down the clock. It ended 64-76.