Navarro, with 14 points, was one of the top performers /VÍCTOR SALGADO-FCB

FC Barcelona Lassa got off to a winning start at home in the Euroleague Top16 stage, seeing off the challenge of BC Khimki (87-70) at Palau Blaugrana.

Aware of the game’s importance, Xavi Pascual’s side began the game with a well-drilled backline and fine accuracy outside the area. Three consecutive three-pointers – one from Perperoglou and two from Navarro – set the tone of the match from early on. A basket from Shane Lawal saw the Catalans end the first quarter 23-16.

A treble midway through the second quarter put Barça up 34-20. The inspired form of Navarro, the presence of Tomic and a late basket from Satoransky gave the home side a healthy 20-point lead (49-29) going into half-time.

The visitors put in a better showing in the third quarter, but their poor accuracy from distance ultimately proved costly, with just one in 13 attempts successful. The Palau was treated to a fine show in the last quarter with a treble from Pau Ribas as well as dunks by Lawal, Samuels and Tomic to kill off the match.

After this victory, Barça Lassa will play four consecutive games away from home. The next European challenge for Xavi Pascual’s side will be against CSKA, on Thursday 14 January.

Match details

FCB Lassa, 87
Khimki, 70

Barça: Doellman (10), Navarro (14), Satoransky (13), Perperoglou (5), Tomic (12) -starting five-, Ribas (14), Lawal (10), Abrines , Vezenkov, Eriksson, Samuels (9) i Oleson.

BC Khimki:  Rice (14), Shved (13), Dragic (8), Sokolov (8) i Monya (4) -starting five- Augustine (11), Koponen (4), Ilnitskiy, Todorovic, Honeycutt (8) and Sheleketo.

Score by quarter: 23-16 / 26-13 / 18-22 / 20-19.

Officials: Jovcic, Pukl and Sahin.

Attendance: 5,731

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