Regal Barça have won at the Olímpic de Badalona and stay top of the ACB for another week. Pascual’s side are closer than ever to the top spot in the regular season, but this game was an extremely tough test.
DKV JOVENTUT, 65
REGAL FC BARCELONA, 68
DKV Joventut (16+11+25+13): Robinson (10), Pere Tomás (9), Hosley (11), Trias (4),
McDonald (16) –starting five -, Franch, Llovet (6), Flis, Jelinek (9).
Regal FC Barcelona (23+16+18+11): Rubio (4), Navarro (17), Anderson (18), Morris
(5), Perovic (6) - starting five -, Sada, Vázquez, Ingles, Ndong (9), Lorbek (7) y Grimau (2).
Referees: Mitjana, Guirao and Cardús.
Venue: Palau Olímpic de Badalona. 7,353 spectators.
Badalona desperately needed a good start, and that was precisely what they didn’t get. They
took three minutes to score, in which time Regal Barça flew ahead thanks to twos from Perovic and
Navarro and a three and a slam-dunk from Alan Anderson (0-9).
As the minutes ticked by, it became evident that there is a gulf in class between these two
teams (4-14). Ricky was providing a stream of assists against his former club (first half
evaluation of 8) and the Navarro-Anderson partnership (18 points in the first 10 minutes) made all
Only Will McDonald seemed to be causing problems for FCB’s sensational defence and
thanks to the DKV centre’s efforts, his side was just seven down at the end of the first
period, 16-23, when the gap could have been much wider. Sada then replaced Ricky, but the
basketball was as smooth as ever, and although the shooting was less impressive (Navarro
didn’t score in the 2nd period and Anderson only got two), the visitors were clearly on top.
Twelve up at the break
Boniface Ndong was amazing in attack and defence, and although there
was a period when DKV looked like they might be biting back, the European champions then put their
feet on the gas and flew into a 21-36 lead. Pepu Hernández was forced to call a desperate timeout.
A buzzer-beater from Perovic ended the half on 27-39, but after the break there was a sudden
change in the state of affairs. A newly inspired DKV produced a 12-1 streak and although they never
managed to get into the lead, what had looked like an easy win for Barça was now anything but.
Pascual was clearly desperate to get some kind of order back into his ailing team, but with the
home fans now on full song and their heroes playing with all the intensity of a derby, rather than
a foregone conclusion, we were now witnessing an absolute humdinger of an encounter.
Badalona got to within one (39-40), whereupon a Navarro 3-pointer established a bit more
order among the FCB ranks. Some inspired basketball from the Blaugrana in the final moments of the
period meant they were going into the fourth with a 5-point lead: 52-57.
Navarro decisive again
It was a nervy last ten minutes, with Badalona giving away far more
possession than they would have liked, although Regal Barça weren’t doing a whole lot better
in that department. Both sides were making wrong decisions, and some of the play was frankly poor.
But whenever the home side had the chance to equalise or go ahead, they failed in their attempt and
finally it was a Navarro three that seemed to have decided the win (58-63). DKV’s last ditch
efforts were in vain, and another Navarro score made certain that Barça once again have the
bragging rights in the local derby.