Friday, September 24

Calathes foils Delaney’s revenge

Barça beats a tough Armani Milan in the Euroleague with an overwhelming finish commanded by his base (14 assists)

The Catalans, who started winning 11-0, lost by 7 points at the beginning of the last quarter

Could not choose Nick calathes best day to claim. During the visit to the Palau de Malcom Delaney, his predecessor as director of the Barça game, the base of the Barça has commanded this Friday a great comeback over the Armani Milan (87-71) in the final stretch of the match that allows the page to turn from the defeat with Olympiacos. Delaney won the duel on points (23 to 5), but Calathes gave a recital in the direction of play and established a new assists record of a Barça player in the Euroleague (14).

Between the pending subjects of the Barça they were to make a good beginning of party and to know how to prevail in tight endings. He approved both with flying colors. The azulgranas, with a great defense, kept their rival without scoring for 3 and a half minutes and scored a partial start of 11-0. Impossible to imagine that in the last quarter the Armani would be 7 points up (60-67), but it was. However, Calathes took the controls of the ship and detected the weaknesses of his rival to always choose the best positioned partner to score and led a final partial of 25-2.

Davies, Mirotic and Higgins

Meanwhile, Delaney made his former team suffer. Barça fell asleep in the second quarter and the point guard grew up in search of the revenge for his departure last year. A partial of 0-9 with a triple of his, a 2 + 1 and an assist to Micov they equaled the clash (29-29) and, by scoring the triples that did not enter the start, Armani Milan was many minutes ahead on the scoreboard.

Precisely another triple by Delaney that gave Milan the maximum advantage (60-67) woke up Barça, which again pressed on defense, finally closed the rebound as it had done in the first quarter and found many points in Davies (21), Mirotic (19) and Higgins (15), although the orchestra was conducted by Calathes.

Data sheet:

Barça (87): Calathes (5), Higgins (16), Abrines (7), Mirotic (19) and Oriola (4) -initial quintet-; Davies (21), Hanga (5), Bolmaro (-), Smits (4), Heurtel (-), Martínez (-), Kuric (6).

Armani Exchange Milan: Delaney (23), Punter (6), Micov (11), Leday (-) and Tarczewski (3) -initial quintet-; Moraschini (-), Micov (11), Roll (-), Brooks (4), Shields (12), Hines (10) and Datome (2).

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Partial: 23-15, 16-28, 21-18, 27-10.

Pavilion: Palau Blaugrana.

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