Joan Carles Navarro in action against Lokomotiv Kuban / EUROLEAGUE.NET

FC Barcelona Lassa were beaten 78-74 at Lokomotiv Kuban and therefore miss out on top spot to their Russian hosts in Euroleague Group C, although Top 16 qualification was already more than assured.

Both sides were clearly hungry to secure the bragging rights and a top seed berth in the next round, but things stayed tight for most of the first period until a Vezenkov three gave Barça the first meaningful lead (14-17). The Russians bounced straight back with a two from Drapper and the period ended 16-17.

The second period, rather like the first, was predominantly defensive and saw little in the way of shooting accuracy. An exception to the rule was Ribas, whose triple made it 18-22, but Barça failed to extend much on that lead.

Navarro steps up

The third period started with a 12-5 streak to get the home side back ahead, and at 43-40 it was time for Juan Carlos Navarro to start showing his best. The Barça captain contributed two threes to a 0-7 streak and Barça were suddenly nine up at 49-57, with Ante Tomic also doing his bit and some more on the paint.

It was looking very rosy for Barça in Krasnodar when Navarro’s fifth 3-pointer made it 54-63, but the Russians bit straight back with 6 in a row and in the flash of an eyelid were all square at 65-65. A stunned Barça were suddenly battling to get back in front, but anything they did in the final minutes, Lokomotiv managed to do that little bit better and the home fans were able to celebrate a 78-74 win.

Barça’s second place confirms that they’ll be in Group F in the second phase, an 8-team that group that will also include their biggest rivals, Real Madrid, and where the top seeded team is Olympiacos of Greece.

[HIGHLIGHTS] BASKET (Euroleague): Lokomotiv... by fcbarcelona


Lokomotiv Krasnodar: Delaney (19), Claver (8), Voronov (0), Fesenko (6), Broekhoff (8) –starting five–, Singleton (10), Randolph (16), Draper (7), Zubkov (4), Bykov, Kolyushkin, Balashov.

FC Barcelona: Doellman (4), Navarro (22), Satoransky (3), Perperoglou (2), Tomic (17) –starting five–, Ribas (6), Vezenkov (8), Samuels (6), Oleson (2), Arroyo (2), Lawal (2), Abrines. 

Periods: 18-17 / 11-18 / 25-25 / 24-14

Arena Basket Hall:  7,353 spectators

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