Barça has closed an impeccable month of January by overwhelming this Sunday UCAM Murcia 92-63, thanks to a spectacular second half (65-27) by Sarunas Jasikevicius’ men, which has represented adding ten victories in ten games (6 in the Euroleague and 4 in the Endesa League).
Has been the fourth consecutive loss Sito Alonso’s team that perhaps has noticed the inactivity of the team for almost twenty days due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that in the second half has been overtaken by a rival who has played at a very high level.
Barça did not come out fine (4-7, m.4), but focused its defense and based on forcing losses from its rival (9 in this quarter) it was taking control of the game and with actions of the young Sergi Martínez He closed the room with a clear 20-11 after a 9-2 run.
Perhaps wanting to decide on the fast track, the Catalans rushed at the beginning of the second (24-20, m.15) and Jasikevicius asked for time to calm the game, but the losses of his team (8 in this quarter) and the awakening by DJ Strawberry (9 points in this room and Conner Frankamp (7) It caused UCAM to get ahead (32-34, m.19) and only a final triple by Adam Hanga gave Barça an advantage at halftime (37-36).
After passing through the dressing room, those of Jasikevicius came out pressing in defense to achieve a clear 8-0 and achieve the maximum advantage until then (45-36, m.24), when Calathes was back on track and Sito Alonso’s team did not achieve its first basket in play almost five minutes of drought (47-40, m.25).
Augusto Lima’s third foul took him to the bench (49-43, m.26) where he already was, also with three Nemanja Radovic, and this left free field for Mirotic, Calathes y Kuric crush the rival ring (62-45, m 30) and closed the quarter with a partial of 25-9 leaving the match almost seen for sentence.
The Catalans reached 20 points of difference (65-45, m.32) after a technique to Sadiel Rojas and Sito Alonso placed Frankcamp and Bellas together on the bases to try to control the rhythm of the game. With 68-45 (m.32) and after a time-out they returned Lima and Radovic on track in one last effort.
The Catalan advantage rose to 29 points (79-50, m.35) after a triple of Bolmaro that, with a mate, he also achieved Barça’s maximum advantage in the match (90-54, m.39).
92 – Barça (20+17+25+30): Calathes (3), Higgins (4), Sergi Martínez (9), Mirotic (13), Oriola (6) -starting five- Kuric (15), Davies (6), Hanga (8), Smits (2), Westerman (9), Pustovyi (11) and Bolmaro (6).
63 – UCAM Murcia (11 + 25 + 9 + 18): Frankamp (9), Strawberry (12), Rojas (-), Radovic (4), Lima (9) -starting five-, Malmanis (-), Townes (3), Bellas (10), Jok (6), Cate (4) and Davis (6).
Referees: Jordi Aliaga, Rafael Serrano and Jacobo Rial. Without eliminated.
Incidents: Meeting of the twenty-second day of the Endesa League held at the Palau Blaugrana in Barcelona, without an audience.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.