Regal Barça lost at Madrid in overtime following a vibrant and intense match, but they still top the ACB League thanks to their better basket average.
REAL MADRID, 77
REGAL FC BARCELONA, 72
Real Madrid (22+12+16+14+13): Tomic (17), Prigioni (8), Suárez (19), Reyes (8),
Llull (12) – starting five - Mirotic (5), Velickovic (3), Begic (-), Vidal (-), Fischer (1),
Regal FC Barcelona (19+10+14+21+8): Rubio (-), Perovic (6), Ingles (14), Lorbek
(11), Anderson (11) – starting five - Sada (5), Lakovic (7), Vázquez (4), Morris (2), Grimau
Referees: Pérez Pizarro, García González and Martínez Díez
The League’s big two came together in a real clash of titans this evening in a game that saw
plenty of excitement and great basketball, as well as errors from both sides. Unfortunately, Regal
Barça were unable to get the final scores to take the game, but they fought all the way, right down
to the overtime period.
The defeat leaves Madrid level on points with Regal, but Barça’s 20 point win at the
Palau(95-75) earlier in the season means that they hold onto top spot with a superior basket
With Madrid desperate to show their recent improvements were based on a solid
foundation and with Barça keen to put an end to their recent bad run of results, it was a nervous
first half from both teams.
Madrid took the first lead, but after Carlos Suárez and Alan Anderson clashed following a
three pointer from the Madrid man on four minutes, Pascual made a triple change and brought on
Lakovic, Grimau and Vázquez for Ingles, Anderson and Perovic and the game turned Barça’s way
as they chalked up 11 points without reply to draw level at 15-15 following a great three pointer
from an especially inspired Grimau.
However, Barça’s fightback was stalled by a couple of mistakes in attack and Madrid
finished the first quarter 22-19 ahead.
Tomic, Mirotic and Velickovic helped Madrid to a seven point score without any Barça reply
before Lakovic helped the visitors get five points back without reply and the teams went in 34-29
at the break.
Ingles steps up
Captain Roger Grimau led the team’s more active start to the second half, but Madrid
held onto their lead and managed to open up a more important seven point gap(46-39) after a series
of free throws.
Up stepped Joe Ingles, solid in defence and with a cool head, to score three three pointers
in the final quarter and make the home team nervous, but two quick baskets from Tomas were enough
to force overtime, as Fran Vazquez missed the final throw of the 40 minutes.
Alan Anderson was Barça’s star in the extra minutes, with five consecutive
points bringing some much needed calm to the team and a lead that they held until the final
moments. What looked to be a clear personal foul on Ingles went unseen by the refs and Suárez and
Prigioni took advantage with their free shots to give Madrid a narrow win.