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Ante Tomic and Doellman fight for a rebound against Unicaja / ACB MEDIA - M.Pozo

Barça’s basketball team picked up a fine win at the Martín Carpena in Malaga and are provisionally second in the ACB table. They played a great all-round game in every aspect, with first half 3-pointers very much to thank for the result. Hezonja was a last minute absentee, and every player other than Jackson, who didn’t play, managed to contribute points. With one game left to play, Barça will be guaranteed second spot if they win at home to Morabanc Andorra next week.

Long shooting from Oleson, Doellman and Thomas was what set up the early lead (9-15), and home coach Joan Plaza’s timeout did nothing to solve his situation, with some great teamwork between Navarro and Pleiss meaning the Catalans were still six-up at the end of the first period.

Long and short

In the second period, Barça’s 3-point attempts were less successful, but instead they built up scores on the paint. Tomic made a huge difference after coming on and DeShaun Thomas, with 10 points at the break, also featured prominently. Another three from Doellman finally got the lead into double figures for the first time at 23-33, and Barça powered on from there to end the half on 27-40.

Two quick threes from Oleson and Abrines helped get Xavi Pascual’s side 20 ahead immediately after the restart (28-48), while the FCB defence did a fine job of neutralising Unicaja’s typically strong offence. Whenever they surged forward, Barça hit back, with Navarro very much leading the way.

The 20-point lead was carried into the final period, when the scoring slowed down as it became increasingly inevitable that this game was going end in a road win. And that’s a win that could prove very important in deciding home court advantage in the play-offs. Barça can guarantee second place with a win against Andorra at the Palau Blaugrana next week.


Basketball: Unicaja - FC Barcelona, 61-74 (ACB) por fcbarcelona

MATCH STATS

UNICAJA MÀLAGA, 61
FC BARCELONA, 74

Unicaja Màlaga (15+12+15+19): Markovic (3), Toolson (7), Kuzminskas (9), Green (9), Golubovic (6) –starting five–, Vasileiadis (-), Thomas (5), Suárez (3), Granger (4), Vázquez (11), Steffansson (4).

FC Barcelona (21+19+22+12): Doellman (9), Huertas (9), Abrines (8), Oleson (9), Tomic (6) –starting five–, Navarro (6), Satoransky (6), Pleiss (6), Thomas (12), Lampe (1), Nachbar (2).

Referees: Juan Carlos Arteaga, Carlos Peruga i Rial.

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