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31.01.2008 21:40

Final win of the regular season (65-69)

S˛nia de Alba


AXA Barša have ended their Euroleague group stage on a winning note. With 9 wins in 14 games, AXA Barša have finished third in Group C ahead of next Mondayĺs draw for the Top 16.


AXA Barša had to work hard to overcome Brose Baskets. The German team’s last game in front of their own fans was their chance to make up for the disaster of an 85-37 defeat in Belgrade the previous week.

The slow pace of the game spread from the home team but, except for the very first points, Barša controlled the scoreboard in the opening minutes.

Inconsistency

Barša took the first quarter 16-21 only to take a dip in the second of 15-13. The game flowed irregularly and both coaches were forced to call time-out. The score stood at 21-21.

Ersan Ilyasova made an impact with a three-pointer that gave Barša a seven point lead (23-30) three and a half minutes before the end of the second quarter.

However, the gap narrowed again to send the players back to the locker rooms with the scoreboard at 31-34.

Brose take the third quarter

The Germans made a bright start to the third quarter with two baskets from Suput and Hamann. Suput sank three consecutive three-pointers (a personal tally of 17 points) to give the home team a 51-46 advantage after three periods.

Barša take charge

Dusko Ivanovic continued to look for fluidity in the inside game and through Trias, Vßzquez and Moncasi –who played from the second quarter – Barša regained control of the game.

Jaka Lakovic opened with a triple and together with Grimau stimulated a timely reaction from the Barša squad. Dirk Bauermann called time-out with three minutes left on the clock and the scoreboard at 59-62.

Okulaja (formerly of Barša, Girona and Unicaja) reduced the gap to one point (61-62) but Lakovic hit back with a triple. Okulaja replied with a three-pointer and the bonus foul shot to make it 64-66. Ersan Ilyasova nailed another basket to turn the game definitively in Barša’s favour.

The Barša players kept their nerve as Trias notched up 20 rebounds only to miss his final two free throws, leaving his personal tally at 9 points.

Draw for Top 16 on Monday

The draw for the Top 16 will be held in the host city of Madrid on Monday 4th February. Barša will start from the third level as the worst third placed team in the three groups.
Final win of the regular season (65-69)
MATCH STATS
BROSE BASKETS, 65
AXA FC BARCELONA, 69


Brose Baskets
Hamann (8), Suput (17), Fenn (10), Okulaja (9), Demirel (7) – cinc inicial – Greene (-), Tadda (-), Pavic (-), Garrett (9), Ohlbrecht (5)

AXA FCB
Basile (5), Trias (9), Lakovic (15), Vßzquez (12), Acker (4) – cinc inicial – Sßnchez (-), Marconato (-), Ilyasova (12), Moncasi (5), Grimau (7)

Parcials: 16-21; 15-13; 20-12; 14-23

Referees: Jungebrand, Gontas and Herceg


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