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Barça Lassa are already out of the Euroleague and are just seeing out their fixtures, while Baskonia are locked in a battle with Maccabi Tel Aviv for the remaining berth in the playoffs, and it was the Basques who came off the better with a crushing final period to win 73-86 at the Palau.

A 0-14 streak towards the end tipped the balance of what had been a tightly contested affair until then. Voigtmann (17) and Poirier (15) were outstanding for the visiting side, but Barça Lassa’s Koponen (21 points, 5/5 for 3-pointers) and Oriola (15) were both on song too.

Tight as the game was, it was not until the 23rd minute that the Catalans had any kind of lead (47-43), but Baskonia soon cancelled that out and the final quarter started 58-63.

It was then the visiting surge as good as sentenced the game at 58-77, with Barça taking five minutes to find any kind of score, and ending up playing a game of catch-up against the clock that they never seriously looked like winning.

MATCH STATS

Barça Lassa: Jackson, Heurtel (8), Oriola (15), Koponen (21), Claver (-), Ribas (6), Pressey (8), Navarro (2), Diagne (-) & Moerman (5).

Saski Baskonia: Vildoza (3), Voigtmann (17), Beaubois (11), Poirier, (15) Garino (8), Timma (10), Janning (4), Diop (2), Granger (4) & Shengelia (12).

Periods: 16-16 / 24-27 / 18-20 / 15-23

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