It might not have been a vintage performance, but Barça Regal never looked in danger of losing in Murcia. They led all the way and eventually sealed victory by 14 points.
UCAM MÚRCIA, 54
FC BARCELONA REGAL, 62
UCAM Múrcia (14+11+15+14): Augustine (19), Sekulic (4), Franch (12), Barlow (7),
Miso (10) – starting five - Rivero (2), Pérez (-), Kurz (-), Rejón (-), Grimau (-)
FC Barcelona Regal (18+17+13+14): Huertas (6), Navarro (12), Ndong (12), Lorbek
(14), Eidson (2) - starting five - Sada (2), Vázquez (8), Wallace (-), Ingles (2), Rabaseda (4),
Referees: Redondo, Peruga and Sacristán
The Endesa League has got off to a winning start for Barça Regal against Murcia. It was not the
most brilliant of performances, but the Catalans managed to keep a healthy lead from start to
Luis Guil’s side battled hard but simply didn’t have the ability to cause any
major problems, and it was mainly thanks to Barça’s many errors in offence that they managed
to avoid a heavier loss.
Murcia were celebrating their return to the ACB, and there was an amazing atmosphere
as they welcomed Barça Regal, who worked patiently and dictated the pace of the game. Navarro was
marked out of the game for much of the time, meaning it was down to players like Erazem Lorbek (14
points) to do the grafting, and Barcelona were ten points ahead by half time.
Josep Franch and especially an incommensurable James Augustine (32 evaluation, with 19 points
and 14 rebounds) managed to prevent the victors from running away with it.
Murcia opened the second half with a 4-0 streak, neutralised by Navarro’s second three
of the day. Barça then went +13, but a loss of concentration allowed Agustine to get Murcia back
But despite the occasional mishap, it never looked like Barcelona were going to lose control,
and they also avoided falling into the trap of over-confidence.
Barça were still struggling to take their chances and the ball wasn’t circulating the
way they would have liked, but with Boniface Ndong coming into his own to get 12 points, like
Navarro, the score went to 44-58 and it was game over. Barça held onto that lead professionally,
and the league has got off to the start they wanted.