In Kaunas the Barcelona put an end to the streak of two defeats he had… Led by Laprovitola, he prevailed 85-80 over Zalgiris, managing to return to good results and raise its record to 11-5, which puts it in second place in the standings.
THE Argentinean ace was the best of the Catalans, having 18 points, four rebounds and four assists, hitting four of nine times from the three-point line. The presence of Veseli was important with 15 points and 4 rebounds.
For Zalgiris Biroutis had his… career game with 18 points on 8/10 2-point shooting and three rebounds and one assist, Ulanovas had 15 points and Evans 13, who started well but then… fell off. The Lithuanians, who are on a five-game losing streak, have a 5-11 record and are in 16th place.
Zalgiris came into the game better with Evans taking most of the attacking initiative. With the help of Schmitz and Ulanova, the Lithuanians went on an 11-0 run to take the lead. At this moment, Barcelona started to… roll better and with Laprovitola and Veseli breaking the streak of Zalgiris and slowly reaching the difference to two points (14-12). Finally, the Catalans managed to get ahead of the score by taking advantage of an unsportsmanlike foul by Sumner which in total brought five points to Barca, closing the first period with a score of 28-22.
The second period started with another 5-0 run by the Lithuanians (28-28) with Dimsa then hitting a 3-pointer to give his team the lead again. Biroutis started to step up, bringing points to the attack and with Zalgiris defense getting tougher. As a result of this, the streak was extended to 9-0 and the home team had a score in their favor for the first time with a 7 point difference. Barcelona responded with a 7-0 run, Veseli and Kalinic finding a way to score and put their team back in front by two points (42-44). The half would eventually find Barcelona leading 51-56 with Laprovitola being quite accurate from outside the three-point line with four shots, as did Kalinic who tied his best performance with four more three-pointers in total.
The third quarter belonged to Zalgiris. The Lithuanians, with Birutis performing one of his best performances, and having reached a career high with 18 points and 8/8 two-pointers, manage to get ahead of the score again and finally lead by three (73-70) at the end her.
In the last period the two teams go basket to basket. An unsportsmanlike goal from Brithuena four minutes before the end seemed to give Zalgiris all but a small lead. However, at the right time Barcelona with an 8-0 run, with Satoranski, Vesely helping offensively and Parker and Kalinic collecting important rebounds finally took the lead and the win.
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Source: Sport Fm
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