Euroleague Great Barça defense and Higgins, lethal in the first half
Lto party for the achievement of the Copa del Rey did not distract the Barcelona, which resumed the pulse at Euroleague with the same authority with which he conquered the cupbearer scepter and ruthlessly crushed the Zalgiris (86-62). Those of Jasikevicius They confirmed his leadership with an insulting display of power. Higgins, the Cup MVP, evidenced that he continues in a state of grace and activated the roller with 17 points in the first half.
The Zalgiris, orphan of his most productive player, Grigonis, who tiptoed through the Palau Blaugrana, barely endured Barça’s attacks during the first half thanks to his success from the triple, but was disintegrated after the break by the excellent Barcelona defense. The offensive imagination of the Lithuanians was reduced to nothing by the intensity of what, superlative in a third quarter to frame.
The Barcelona started the game with the effervescence with which the Cup ended, by the hand of a Higgins infallible, helped by Mirotic, soon put land in the middle (18-13, min 5). But Zalgiris did not wrinkle and in the absence of news from Grigonis it was Milaknis who threw his team on his back. The Lithuanians, with a triple shot (4/4) proved that they are the best team in the Euroleague from that distance (42,7%) and neutralized the advantage that (24-24, min 10).
It was in the second quarter, already with the substitutes on the court, when Barcelona began to make more differences due to its defensive intensity than for his voracious attack, that too. The Zalgiris had trouble seeing hoop and that resulted in a partial of 20-10 that shot the Catalans on the scoreboard (46-34, min 18). The fighter Oriola Y Higgins (17 points at the break) customized the local rental, made up at the last minute by a 2 + 1 from Jankunas (48-37, min 20).
Martin Schiller tried to stop the gale that was seen above him with a zone defense, but Mirotic I dismantled it in two minutes with a triple and an assist (53-37, min 22). The ZalgirisIn addition, he had another more serious problem if possible: he was unable to overcome the defense of the Catalans. They only scored four free throws in seven minutes and those of Jasikevicius they endorsed a partial of 17-4 with which they sentenced the victory (65-41, min 28). Since then there has been no match. Lithuanians they knelt down, gave minutes to their substitutes and the Bara did not want to make blood and let the time pass.
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