Regal FC Barcelona destroyed the revelation team of the season, Blancos de Rueda, from Valladolid, in a very solid game. Xavi Pascua’s team recovered the good feelings, and also the lead in the ACB, on their own.
REGAL FC BARCELONA, 77
BLANCOS DE RUEDA, 53
Regal Barcelona (24+19+14+20): Ricky Rubio (7), Grimau (6), Ingles (6), Lobek (16),
Perovic (7) -five starting-, Sada (3), Lakovic (6 ), Navarro (12), Fran Vázquez (2), Ndong (5),
Morris (4) and Anderson (3).
Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (13+11+12+17): Stephane Dumas (4), Diego García (7),
Robinson (8), Nacho Martín (8), Slaughter (9) -five starting-, Báez (6), Sarmiento, Isaac López
(4), Eduardo Ruiz and Stanic (7).
Referees: Antonio Conde, Vicente Bultó and Castillo.
Venue: Palau Blaugrana. (4.083).
Goodbye to the bad luck. Regal FC Barcelona, after 4 consecutive
defeats, and 5 in recent matches, including their painful elimination from the European Final Four,
needed a change of chip, the spark that might change everything. Blancos de Rueda were the victims
of a very good Regal Barça display. Xavi Pascual’s team played a fine game, with a high level
of concentration, and beat a willing rival who very early on ran out of options.
Regal Barça went onto the court with the right mentality. No concessions, and to win from the
start with their principal values intact. Strong at the back, picking up rebounds, running with the
ball at the least opportunity and successful in their shooting. The defeat by Madrid the other day
also spurred on the team, knowing full well that a win over Blancos de Rueda would allow them to
regain top spot in the ACB.
In the 12th minute of the game, 8 Regal Barça players had scored
points, a symptom that only with the whole team pulling together would we see the best of them.
Blancos de Rueda, with nothing to lose but with the illusion of making it into the top 8 at the end
of the regular season, tried to cope, but their clear inferiority under the hoop and the high
rhythm of the home side, stopped them in their tracks. Regal FC Barcelona, led by an inspired
Ricky, closed out the first quarter with a clear 24-13 lead.
The intensity of Pascual's team didn’t drop at any time but the shooting accuracy let
them down a little for a few minutes at the start of the second quarter.