Barça Borges beat Fraikin Granollers in an intense Catalan derby game to chalk up their 23rd win on the run. The visitors put up a good fight, but in the end Barça’s superior talent saw them through.
FC BARCELONA BORGES, 36
FRAIKIN GRANOLLERS, 29
FC Barcelona Borges (16+20): Saric (Sjöstrand); Víctor Tomás (4), Igropulo (2),
Sorhaindo, Jernemyr, Noddesbo (5), Juanin (7) –starting seven-, Sarmiento (4), Rutenka (2),
Raúl Entrerríos (1), Nagy (7), Iker Romero (4) and Rocas.
Fraikin Granollers (13+16): Ohlander; Svitlica (6,), Campos (1), Grundsten (3),
Malasinskas (5), Antonio García (6), Nikcevic (1) –starting seven-, Blanxart (2), Nenadic,
Resina (1), Salva Puig (2), Raigal (2) and Manel (keeper).
Scores (every five minutes): 3-2, 6-3, 8-4, 10-9, 12-11, 16-13 (half time), 21-16,
24-21, 27-23, 29-25, 31-27 and 36-29 (full time).
Referres: García Serradilla and Martín Lorente.
Venue: Palau Blaugrana. Attendance 2.724.
Barça were three goals up at half time after a great start that saw them race to an 8-3 lead before
Granollers fought back to draw level. In the second half, Barça’s teamwork and greater talent
saw them round off an important win, with the final seven goal difference the maximum distance
between the two. The day after Iker Romero announced he would be leaving the club, he helped set up
this big win with four goals.
The game began in typical derby fashion with both teams showing great
intensity, but with the defences having the upper hand. However, with the scores at 2-2, Barça
surged ahead with two very well received Iker Romero goals and one from Juanín to take it to 5-2
and force Manolo Cadenas to call a time out..
Barça continued to dominate though, as they have been doing all season and with a solid
defence, a spectacular Saric and goals from Juanín, Igropulo and Noddesbo took the scores to 8-3.
But whenever Ohlander appeared, the visitors increased their intensity and with Svitlica and
Antonio García on target they showed why they are having such a good season, drawing level at 11-11
before two goals from Rutenka, another from Juanín and some great stops from Saric gave Barça a
16-13 lead at the break.
More talent and greater strength on depth
After the break a long distance effort from Nagy( who scored six in
all), a counter from Juanín and a brilliant save from Saric helped to stretch Barça’s lead to
six goals again(20-14). A few questionable decisions from the referees left Barça with just three
players on court at one point and Granollers took advantage to again cut the lead down (24-22).
Barça Borges didn’t wilt though and despite the visitors’ fight back, they again
stretched out their lead to five goals (29-24) and Granollers now had no answer. Barça brought on
Sjöstrand, who sharpened up the defence and made some great interventions, whilst the forwards show
no mercy and racked up seven more goals to finish with a winning margin that was perhaps harsh on
the visitors, but represents a big step towards the league title for Barça Borges.