Renfroe was the most effective Barça player with 16 points to his name | VICTOR SALGADO-FCB

Barça Lassa brought the quarter-final series level on Thursday night with a 91-79 win over Valencia.

The match began with some fine offensive play from Barça as well as solidity in defence, allowing them to edge the opening quarter by one point (20-19).

Koponen kicked off the second with a treble to bring the Palau crowd of its feet, and it was to be a decisive quarter as Barça's lethal attacking display saw them go into the break 49-32 ahead.

Defensive solidity in the third

The break did not curtail Barça Lassa's dominance however, as their defensive solidity prevented any surprise comeback and by minute 28 it was 70-50.

Renfroe was the star of the show with 16 points to his name and it was just a matter of how many in the final quarter, with the game finally ending 91-79 in the home side's favour.

The decider will now take place on Saturday 27 May at Fonteta (6.00pm CET).

Match details

Valencia Basket, 91
FC Barcelona, 79

FCB Lassa: Rice (8), Oleson (9), Perperoglou (7), Claver (11) and Tomic (10) –starting five–, Vezenkov (13), Peno, Eriksson (12), Diagne (2), Koponen (3) and Renfroe (16).

Valencia Basket: San Emeterio (1), Rafa Martínez (15), Diot (3), Sikma (8) and Dubljevic (6) –starting five–, Thomas (5), Sato (3), Vives (14), Oriola (5), Sastre (17) and Kravtsov (2).

Score by period: 20-19 / 29-13 / 24-27 / 18-20.

Officials: D. Hierrezuelo, F. Araña, J. Martínez Fdez.

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