Vezenkov scored 15 points on a great night in Poland / EUROLEAGUE

FC Barcelona Lassa are through to the Top16. A big win over Stelmet Zielona Gora in Poland, the sixth in a row in the Euroleague, saw the Catalans achieve a tournament best of 17 three pointers and perform in way that bodes very well indeed for the next phase of the competition.

Not that the game got off to the most convincing of starts. Zielona Gora stood their ground firmly and prevented their guests from building any kind of meaningful lead early on. The game was pacey and both sides were hitting strong accuracy rates until three consecutive threes bounced Xavi Pascual’s side six-points ahead at 18-24. The Poles hit straight back with a 7-2 streak to get it to 25-26 after 13 minutes, but by half-time Barcelona had re-established and improved upon their earlier advantage, with Arroyo scoring ten second period points to make it 35-44.

Three cheers

Barça really started dominating in the third period. Satoransky burst into life and the threes started flying in, to the extent that in a 15-25 period, the only points that Barça didn’t get from outside the 3-point mark were a couple of twos from Tomic and a free and a two for Satoransky. Going into the final ten minutes, the game seemed already over at 48-69.

And that proved to be the case. As Vezenkov scored to take the difference to thirty (56-86), the final period was little more than a formality. With two minutes left, the same player scored his third 3-pointer of the game, and Barça’s 17th in 26 attempts, setting a new tournament record for the Catalans. It ended 64-93 and with four games still to play, FC Barcelona (5-1) are now safely through to the next phase.

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


Stelmet Zielona Gora, 64

FC Barcelona Lassa, 93

Zielona Gora: Moldoveanu, Mateusz Ponitka (5), Gruszecki (3), Borovnjak (10), Koszarek (9) -starting five- Bost (9), Zywert, Szewczyk (4), Marcel Ponitka, Hrycaniuk (10), Zamojski i Djurisic (8).

Barça: Doellman (9), Ribas (2), Satoranksy (10), Perperoglou (3), Tomic (12) –starting five- Abrines (16), Vezenkov (15), Eriksson, Diagne (2), Samuels (6), Oleson (3) i Arroyo (15).

Periods: 18-24 / 17-20 / 15-25 / 14-24

Referees: Jovcic, Anastopoulos i Sahin.

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