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FC Barcelona Lassa fell off towards the end of today’s game with Estudiantes, and as a result have suffered their first defeat of the league season. Heurtel and Oriola were outstanding but it wasn’t enough to stop a solid home defence from snatching victory in the final straight.

Neither side produced their A-game in the first period, with failed 3-pointers especially prevalent, but the Madrid based side took early command on the scoreboard (16-11).

Estudiantes were an even more miserable 1/12 in triples in the second period and a 0-10 streak from Barça helped establish a 9-point lead at the break (36-45).

But Barça slipped after the break, Landesberg scoring 15 in the third period  and the game tying on 49-49 before Barça picked up a few handy points towards the end (55-61).

The home side battled hard to keep in contention, and finally regained the lead when a Cvetkovic three was the peak of an 18-4 streak that suddenly saw a previously struggling Estudiantes eventually win the game by ten (80-70).

Barça will wonder how they managed to clutch defeat from the jaws of victory, but need to pick up the pieces going into a period of three games in just six days: Zalgiris (Tuesday), AX Milan (Thursday) and Múrcia (Sunday).

MATCH STATS

Estudiantes, 80
FC Barcelona Lassa, 70

Estudiantes: Cvetkovic (13), Cook (-), Landesberg (27), Alec Brown (10), Caner-Medley (-) –starting five–, Suton (4), Arteaga (10), Vicedo (7), Hakanson (3), Brizuela (6) and Savané (-).

FC Barcelona Lassa: Hanga (1), Moerman (7), Tomic (9), Koponen (4), Pressey (4) –starting five–,  Ribas (5), Heurtel (17), Oriola (10), Navarro (3), Vezenkov (8) and Serpahin (2).

Breakdown: 16-11/ 36-45 / 55-61 / 80-70

Officials: Hierrezuelo, Manuel, Montserrat. 

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