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Shane Lawal lays the ball in during FC Barcelona's 94–91 loss to Valencia on Sunday. / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

FC Barcelona succumbed to an agonising 94–91 overtime defeat to Valencia on Sunday at the Palau Blaugrana.

It was always going to be a close encounter between the home side, which had lost only one game all season prior to this one, and the visitors, who were undefeated.

As expected, the two sides were hard to separate in the opening exchanges. Justin Doellman, who was the star of the show in the recent win over Real Madrid, was in fine form, scoring eleven points in the opening half, while Diot also showed his worth with nine points of his own.

Even as Barça Lassa took a nine-point lead in the second quarter, and a three-pointer from Pau Ribas to end the first half with the score 43-35 in Barça’s favour, there was hardly a moment for either team to relax.

In the third quarter, Valencia quickly restored parity at 44-44. The visitors then broke away with a six-point advantage at the start of the fourth. The game looked done and dusted when San Emeterio’s basket made it 81-76 in Valencia’s favour with just 20 seconds left.

Three free throws by Álex Abrines brought FCB's deficit back down to two, and when Valencia’s Rafa Martínez missed one of his two throws at the other end, Barça maintained slim hope. With just seconds remaining, Satoransky nailed clutch three-pointer to take the game to overtime tied at 82–82.

Valencia clinical in overtime

Dubljevic and San Emeterio emerged strongly for Valencia to take a small lead. Doellman attempted to reverse proceedings but just when the Palau thought they had narrowed the game to one point, the American had just stepped over the line, and Dubljevic was able to race to the other end to seal the game for Valencia.

Barça were unable to come back for the second time in the game, but they wrap up the first half of the regular season games with 15 wins.


[HIGHLIGHTS] BASKET (ACB): FC Barcelona Lassa... by fcbarcelona

GAME STATISTICS

FCB Lassa 91 (21+22+13+26+9)

Valencia 94 (23+12+22+25+12)

Barça: Doellman 17, Satoransky 17, Oleson 2, Perperoglou 2, Tomic 8 –starting five–, Ribas 9, Lawal 12, Abrines 15, Vezenkov 3, Samuels 6.

Valencia: Lucic 2, Dubljevic 16, Vives 4, Martínez 11, San Emeterio 14 –starting five–, Stefansson, Diot 11, Shurna 12, Hamilton 15, Sikma 9.

Officials: Conde, Cortés, Rial.

Attendance: 6,545

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