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Ante Tomic slides over to impede a drive to the basket. / ACB

Wearing a black ribbon in memory of Manel Vich, FC Barcelona Lassa turned in a spectacular performance, scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 77–55 rout over Dominion Bilbao Basket on Sunday. Ante Tomic scored 16 points and snatched 12 boards to lead the Catalans to a good, old-fashioned thumping of the Basques that keeps them in first place in the ACB League standings.

Barça stormed out of the gate with a 7–0 run to open the game, led by a pair pf threes from their Greek small formward Stratos Perperoglou. Looking to continue their solid play after dispatching Laboral Kutxa at the Palau Blaugrana on Friday night, Barça were sharp from the get go, with Tomas Satoransky and Justin Doellman doing damage from the perimeter as Tomic dominated play underneath.
 
Nevertheless, the home team gradually warmed up and managed to slice into Barça's lead, which, despite their hot shooting, was just five points heading into halftime (32–27).

Barça continued to dominate in the third quarter but were unable to see their effort reflected on the scoreboard, as they took a five-point (48–43) lead into the fourth quarter.

The final frame, however, was a totally different story.

Led by Alex Abrines — who scored 15 points day — and Tomic, Barça scored at will. Shots rained down from all over the court, with red-hot three point shooting doing the bulk of the damage as Bilbao struggled to answer at the other end.

The win is Barça's second in three days. Their next league game comes on 8 May at second-place Valencia and will give Barça a chance to strike a definitive blow in the race for the title.


[HIGHLIGHTS] BASKET (ACB): Dominion Bilbao... por fcbarcelona

GAME STATISTICS

Bilbao Basket: Raul López, Ruoff (10), Alex Mumbrú (8), Hervelle (3) Bogris (2) –starting five– Bertans (5), Hannah (19), Todorovic (6), Begic (2), Suárez, Slezas, Borg.

FCB Lassa: Tomic (16), Navarro (6), Satoransky (10), Doellman (8)i Perperoglou (7) –starting five– Lawal, Samuels, Oleson (3), Arroyo (7), Abrines (15) Pau Ribas (5), Vezenkov.


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