The Barça found the regularity on the aggregate of the match after two roller coaster matches against UCAM Murcia and Baskonia and defeated an Iberostar Tenerife 81-74 who arrived at the meeting at the Palau Blaugrana as second classified in the Endesa League and undefeated.
Shermadini’s great performance (25 PIR, 19 points and 6 rebounds) was not enough to counteract a more choral Barça that featured the trio formed by Abrines (16 points), Calathes (14 points) and Mirotic (13 points). ).
The Iberostar Tenerife, more rested due to the suspension of his derby on Friday against Herbalife Gran Canaria, led the first stages of the match until he reached a maximum income of seven points, 8-15 (min. 4), thanks to the inspiration in attack from Shermadini and Doornekamp.
Meanwhile, Barça missed their attempts from the line of three and was unable to stop the two Tenerife leaders, who extended the lead to 12-20 (min.20). But Sarunas Jasikevicius’s men reacted in the last minute of the first quarter with a 7-0 run in which Calathes got the first Barça triple on his team’s fifth attempt to end the period with 19-20.
This lug was a harbinger of what would happen in the second quarter. The Catalans managed to get ahead for the first time in the match with 23-22 (min. 12) and Oriola and Mirotic took the reins to extend the advantage first until 36-28 (min. 17) and, later, until the 40-30 (min. 20), before the break was reached with a 41-32.
Iberostar Tenerife accused Shermadini with three personal fouls in the second quarter but, even so, the Georgian center completed the first 20 minutes with 12 points, 5 rebounds and a PIR of 16.
Unlike on Friday against Baskonia in the Euroleague, this time Barça did not suffer a sudden crisis in the second half, which began with its maximum advantage with 44-32 (min. 21). In the following minutes the match moved in the barrier of 10 points of difference, until a launch of two by Higgins established the 56-43 (min. 26). But the third quarter ended with the return to 10 advantage: 62-52.
A 0-6 run just beginning the last period managed to reopen the game (62-58, min. 32). The disqualification of Txus Vidorreta gave Barça the opportunity to get rid of a bit of the pressure and put a 66-58 (min. 33) that a 5-0 run that culminated in a triple by Mirotic stretched to 71- 61 (min. 35).
Iberostar Tenerife quickly countered the difference with a 0-5 partial that placed the score at 71-66 (min. 37), but then this was dynamited with a 6-0 partial by Barça that exploded the game with 77 -66 (min. 37) and led the Catalans to victory, which would be confirmed with the final 81-74.
81 – Barça (19 + 22 + 21 + 19): Hanga (-), Higgins (6), Abrines (16), Smits (4), Davies (4) -five starting-, Mirotic (13), Martínez (- ), Kuric (10), Bolmaro (4), Heurtel (2), Oriola (8) and Calathes (14).
74 – Iberostar Tenerife (20 + 12 + 20 + 22): Doornekamp (6), Fitipaldo (11), Shermadini 19), Salin (6), Cavanaugh (11) -starting five-, Huertas (5), Sulejmanovic (2 ), Guerra (9), Butterfield (3), Rodríguez (2).
Referees: Vicente Martínez, Rafael Serrano and Miguel Ángel Pérez. They eliminated local Calathes (min. 39) for personal fouls and disqualified visiting coach Txus Vidorreta (min. 32) for a double technique.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the ninth day of the Endesa League played without an audience due to the coronavirus restrictions at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona.
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