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Ante Tomic during a stellar performance versus Laboral Kutxa / VICTOR SALGADO - FCB

[[DES_1]]Barça Lassa drew first blood in their Liga Endesa semi-final playoff with ba convincing 84-57 win against Laboral Kutxa, led by Tomic and Satoransky with 14 and 12 points each.

The Catalans were clear from the start about what they had to do in game one of the best-of-five series. Game two will also be at the Palau, where another win would ensure that even in the worst-case scenario, a decisive fifth game would also be played on Barça’s home court.

On Friday evening, they were on devastating form, leading from start to finish, with Satoransky performing as well as did against Fuenlabrada with a veritable repertory of magnificent plays that had the home fans on their feet. After the first ten minutes, Barça were already into a comfortable 16-9 lead.

Healthy lead at the break

The second period saw Barça just as fresh with their ideas, shooting brilliantly bothon and off the paint. Tomic was simply outstanding. The Basque response was mainly led by Hanga (15) but that was also the difference in points between the teams when the half-time buzzer sounded at 43-28.

Barça showed no signs of lightening up after the interval. Another 24 points in the third period as good as sewed things up, and some sharp defence made sure there were not going to be no nasty surprises.

Things were dead and dusted going into the final period and with Barça leading 67-43, yet Varça were still able to build on their lead, it all ending 84-57 and a result that sends out a clear message. Barça have taken a huge step in the direction of the Liga Endesa Final, and more of the same in round two on Sunday and Baskonia will be facing a very tough uphill struggle.


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

MATCH STATS

FCB Lassa: Doellman (6), Abrines (5), Navarro (7), Satoransky (12) & Tomic (14) –starting five– Ribas (9), Vezenkov (5), Samuels (8), Oleson (3), Arroyo (8) & Perperoglou (7)

Laboral Kutxa: Roll (3), Hanga (15), Diop, Tillie (5) & Adams (2) –starting five– James (8), Planinic (8), Shengeliat, Bourousis (11), Corbacho & Bertans (5)

Periods: 16-9/27-19/24-15/17-14

Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo, Benjamín Jiménez & Francisco José Araña

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