Regal Barça took the quick route to the ACB semi finals beating Unicaja by a massive 32 points to take the playoff series 2-0 in Malaga on Saturday evening.
REGAL FC BARCELONA, 84
Unicaja (6+14+18+14): Jiménez (3), Blakney (8), Freeland (14), Archibald (5), Fitch
(5) –starting five- Rodríguez (5), Tripkovic (4), Garbajosa (), McIntyre (3),
Regal FC Barcelona (17+17+26+24): Sada (2), Navarro (5), Vázquez (6), Lorbek (12),
Anderson (5) –starting five - Rubio (3), Lakovic (-), Perovic (8), Ingles (8), Ndong
(10), Morris (13), Grimau (12).
Referees: Martín Bertrán, García González i Jiménez.
With a massive defensive performance, Xavi Pascual’s team never let Unicaja have a sniff in
this second game and kept their focus throughout the 40 minutes to run out 52-84 winners and set up
a semi-final against the winners of the Caja Laboral-Gran Canària 2014 quarter final, which the
Basque team are currently leading 1-0.
First half virtually settles things
It was a nervous start to the game from both teams and neither of them
were able to settle, with some poor shooting stats, particularly from out wide, before Barça began
to play their patient team game to move from 6-8 to take a 6-17 lead at the end of the first 10
Unicaja were not looking comfortable though and their hurried game was making things even
tougher for them. Barça were not particularly accurate either, with just two from twelve attempted
three pointers, but their inside game (13/21 against 4/19 for Malaga) was enough to maintain the
visitors’ lead at around 10 points, finishing the first half 20-34.
Although Joel Freeland took charge after the break with six points that got no
reply from Regal Barça, Unicaja were unable to cut down the distance, indeed it soon stretched to a
comfortable 20 points for the visitors, who continued to defend well.
One of the few tense moments in the game came when Anderson and Jimenez had a set to after an
accidental foul from Anderson. The foul was given, but Jimenez, who was making his 600th ACB
appearance, saw red and it needed the rest of his teammates to control him and calm him down.
Meanwhile, the scoreboard kept ticking over and as the third quarter finished, a
three-pointer from Lorbek put Barça were a clear 38-60 in front.
There was not much Unicaja could do in the final 10 minutes and a three pointer from Joe
Ingles took the lead to a massive 34 point lead before Freeland scored the final points to make it