Regal Barša have gone 1-0 up in their semi-final play-offs against Caja Laboral. There was little to separate the two teams in the opening two quarters but Barša powered their way to a crushing 32-point haul in the third quarter.
REGAL FC BARCELONA, 86
CAJA LABORAL, 71
Regal FC Barcelona (18+22+32+14): Sada (6), Navarro (17), Anderson (17), Lorbek
(17), Perovic (4) –five starting-, Ricky (-), Ndong (17), Vßzquez (3), Ingles (-), Morris
(3), and Grimau (2).
Caja Laboral (19+22+20+10): Huertas (17), Oleson (-), San Emeterio (2), Teletovic
(23), Barac (17), Batista (4) –cinco inicial-, Palacio (-), Ribas (5), Logan (3).
Referees: Hierrezuelo, Redondo and Ara˝a
For Barša, Lorbek, Ndong, Anderson and Navarro all scored an impressive 17 points though Huertas
(17), Teletovic (23) and Barac (17) did their best to keep Caja Laboral in the game. However, an
excellent team performance has given Barša the lead in the series.
Lorbek shoulders the responsibility
In the opening minutes, Lorbek and Teletovic left no one in any doubt
that they were going to show the way forward. Regal Barša’s Slovenian star scored 9 of his
team’s opening 15 points, sinking a three-pointer to put the scoreboard at 15-11.
Dusko Ivanovic called time out and whatever he said had the right effect as Marcelinho
Huertas led his team-mates to an 18-19 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Visitors surrender lead
In the second quarter, Boniface Ndong took on the point-scoring responsibilities
from Lorbek. However, Teletovic and Huertas took Caja Laboral to a maximum 8-point advantage
(30-38). Barša fought back, with Anderson providing the drive while Ndong continued to chalk up the
points to bring Barša to within a point of their opponents at the end of the second quarter
Points and more points
But in the third quarter it was all Barša. Anderson and Navarro
gradually improved their points tally, aided and abetted by the consistent scoring of Ndong and
Lorbek. Sada stretched the lead to a maximum of 10+ in the 25th minute (57-47).
For the visitors, only Barac put up any resistance as Huertas and Teletovic faded in and out
of the action. A 2+1 from Boniface Ndong, after a great assist from Ricky Rubio, left the
scoreboard at +13 (64-51). Then, two quick fire baskets from Anderson sent Barša into the final
quarter with a 72-61 lead. Barša’s 32 points in the third quarter speak volumes.
Sada block ignites the Palau
The last quarter featured a spectacular block by Victor Sada against the 2m 17cm
Stanko Barac in the 34th minute, much to the delight of the Palau faithful and his team-mates. For
Caja Laboral, Teletovic continued to challenge Barša’s superiority whereas Huertas showed the
effects of his earlier efforts and gradually faded. In contrast, Juan Carlos Navarro finished
strongly and together with Ndong, Lorbek and Anderson ended the game with 17 points. The final