The Bayern Munich frustrated this Friday with a great triumph (72-82) that gives him the fifth final position of the Euroleague The return of Pau Gasol to Barça 20 years later and now the Catalans will have to wait for the last Zenit Saint Petersburg game to find out their rival in the quarterfinals.
The Barça pivot played 13 minutes in which he scored nine points, but his presence was of little use to Saras Jasikevicius’ team to take a victory against an opponent that had Jalen Reynolds (26 points) and Wade Baldwin IV (18 points) as the great architects of their victory.
Jasikevicius gave I rest thinking about the Real Madrid game from next Saturday to Nikola Mirotic, Cory Higgins and Pierre Oriola and in this unusual context, the team was unable to respond to an opponent who, from the first to the last minute, was ahead on the scoreboard.
Gasol focused all the attention at the start of the game, starting in the starting five, taking the initial jump and culminating the first two attacks of his team. He missed his first pitch but not his second.
Calathes and Westermann sought him out on lockdown and continuation and concluded his first rotation with six points. However, his game did not help Barça to dominate the game. The Germans took an early 4-10 lead with Lucic and Baldwin right on the touchdown.
Without Gasol on the court, the Catalans increased their rhythm but the most they achieved was to tie the game (13-13, min. 5) after a Westermann triple. The poor defense in the paint allowed Reynolds and Johnson to score and Bayern went to a maximum advantage of ten points (19-29, min. 10).
Brandon Davies equalized the physique of the Germans at the start of the second period and his points allowed Barça to cut the difference (26-31, min. 22). However, Jalen Reynolds kept scoring everything that fell into his hands until he went to 14 points and put Bayern up nine ten (31-41, min. 16).
Gasol returned four minutes before the break instead of Davies but Barça did not return to solve their lack of fluidity and success in attack. A free kick scored by the Barça center left the scoreboard at halftime at 37-43.
Roland Smits came into action at the beginning of the third quarter, forming an inside pair with Pau Gasol. Six points from the Latvian and a free kick from the Catalan put Barça to two (45-47) but the Catalans drowned on the shore.
Reynolds scored two consecutive baskets and a triple by Sisko forced Barça to try again to overcome a nine-point difference (46-54, min. 27).
As if it were a relay race in which each player was the protagonist of a certain moment, Adam Hanga appeared to try to lead a new Barça reaction, already with Pau Gasol on the bench to watch the rest of the game sitting down.
The points from the Hungarian and Westermann brought Barça closer to the end of the quarter (55-60), but Baldwin appeared in the match to break it definitively (57-68, min. 34).
It Barça tried everything but it was written that it was not his night. Hanga made one last effort (64-70, min. 35), although Sisko’s defense over Kuric deactivated one of the fittest players on the team and no one knew how to take over from long distance.
A triple by Zipser and a new basket by Baldwin ended up sinking Barça, who could do nothing when Bayern got twelve points up (67-79) with just over a minute to go.
72 – Barça (22+15+18+17): Calathes (-), Westermann (12), Martínez (4), Claver (2), Pau Gasol (9) -starting team-, Davies (11), Hanga (7), Bolmaro (12), Smits (6) , Kuric (4), Pustovyi (2) and Abrines (3).
82 – Bayern Múnich (29 + 14 + 17 + 22): Baldwin (18), Seeley (2), Lucic (14), Radosevic (5), Gist (2) -equipo inicial-, Reynolds (26), Flaccadori (5), Zipser (3), Johnson (2) y Sisko (5).
Referees: Christodoulou (Greece), Javor (Slovenia) and Trawicki (Poland). Without eliminated.
Incidents: match corresponding to the last day of the Euroleague played without an audience at the Palau Blaugrana.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.