Satoransky on defensive duty in Krasnodar / euroleague.net

Barça Lassa are coming back from Russia 1-1 in their Euroleague quarter final series, and can now look forward to games three and four at the Palau Blaugrana (next Tuesday and Thursday at 8.45pm CET). They were outstanding at Lokomotiv Kuban on Friday after victory had slipped away in Wednesday’s series opener (66-61), with Navarro (18 points) posting an especially spectacular performance.

Good start and constant progression

The first period saw the Catalans get off to a strong start, swiftly moving to 10-18. But then Delaney scored ten in a row for Lokomotiv to completely turn things around at 19-18, with the period ending on 19-24.

Barça defended stupendously in the second period. A 0-15 streak involved fine contributions from Satoransky, Doellman and Navarro with the help of an inspired Perperoglou plus Tomic and Samuels looking good on the paint to reach the interval +17 (31-48).

An important lesson had been learnt on Wednesday, and the key now was to avoid letting another big lead slip away. This time Barça found the scores when they needed them most, and all of that brought visible joy to the injured Dorsey, who was forced to watch the developments from the sidelines.

Threes and more threes

A 3-pointer from Perperoglou got the second half going, and a block and five points from Doellman added to triples from Abrines and Navarro, the first player to make his 300th Euroleague appearance, soon widened the gap to 30 points (38-68).

The Russians had looked surprisingly unambitious for the first 30 minutes, and left their reaction far too late. They did well to pull back to 61-74, but five from Satoransky and a couple more threes from Navarro soon out paid to any remote chance of a comeback and it all ended 66-92. Now it’s over to the Palau Blaugrana for the next two instalments on the best-of-five series.

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


Lokomotiv Kuban (19+12+18+17): Delaney (19), Randolph (17), Claver (2), Bykov (12), Broekhoff (2) -starting five- Singleton (3), Draper (5), Janning (4), Kolyushkin, Balashov, Voronov & Zubkov (2).

FCB Lassa (24+24+23+21): Doellman (12), Navarro (18), Satoransky (13), Perperoglou (13) & Tomic (12) -starting five- Ribas (6), Abrines (8), Samuels (4), Oleson (4), Arroyo (2), Vezenkov & Diagné.

Basket Hall, Krasnodar: 7,457 spectators.

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