Euroleague: Barça revives in the Euroleague against Anadolu Efes | sports | Sport Top stories

Euroleague: Barça revives in the Euroleague against Anadolu Efes | sports

Higgins rises to throw over Micic during the match between Barcelona and Anadolu Efes.Enric Fontcuberta (EFE)

Larkin, Micic, the Euroleague champion, a fearsome visit for a faltering Barcelona defeated three times in the last two weeks. With both effort and merit, the Barça team resolved the ballot against an out-of-square Anadolu Efes this season, in the middle of the table, but brimming with talent and fearsome. He showed it at the Palau. But he could not beat Mirotic, Higgins, Jokubaitis, Sanli, the pivot who changed his shirt after winning the Cologne final in May with the Turkish team.

Barcelona found plenty of safe hands when the game called for it, which was often because Efes responded despite its drawbacks. Micic, his figure, the MVP of last season, renewed with great fanfare to prevent him from emigrating to the NBA, soon added his third personal foul. And Larkin, his partner in the control room, suffered a knee problem. Even so, the Serbian point guard, with 18 points, and the American, with 17, were the highest scorers for their team. But Micic missed all three of his 3-pointers, an example of his team’s poor balance from long range with just five hits on 26 pitches. That poor 19% accuracy contrasted with the 50% obtained by Barça shooters.

Efes dominated near the basket and added 28 points from the free throw line, 12 more than Barça. But the Catalans dominated the game and opened a gap of 9 points (67-58). The triples of Laprovittola and Mirotic spurred the start of the game for their team (17-9). But as the changes took place, Efes went to more and Barcelona to less. Larkin and Dunston accelerated Efes, which came to dominate by 6 points (26-32). Barcelona regained control thanks to the balance given by the wide shots of Kuric and Mirotic, the penetrations and shots of Jokubaitis and the actions of Sanli and Davies near the basket.

Efes, thanks to the trio formed by Micic, Larkin and Simon, reached a point (73-72) and threatened until almost the end. Until Jokubaitis, with 21 seconds left on the clock, put the score at 82-77. Ergin Ataman, the Turkish coach, could not see him because, as happened in the Istanbul match that Barcelona won in extra time, he was sent off.

The day, with five suspended games, will conclude this Friday with the Spanish duel between Real Madrid and Baskonia (20.45, DAZN).

Barcelona, ​​82; Anadolu Efes, 77

Barcelona: Laprovittola (5), Higgins (9), Sergi Martínez (2), Mirotic (15), Davies (7) -starting team-; Exum (1), Sanli (13), Smits (0), Hayes-Davis (4), Kuric (8), Jokubaitis (16) and Nnaji (2).

Anadolu Efes: Micic (18), Bryant (0), Simon (12), Singleton (6), Pleiss (2) -starting team-; Larkin (17), Beaubois (2), Moerman (6), Anderson (2), Petrusev (0) and Dunston (12).

Partial: 19-17, 21-24, 21-15 and 21-21.

Referees: Javor, Ryzhyk and Hordov. They expelled Ataman, Efes coach (m. 22) for two techniques, another technique to Davies and an unsportsmanlike one to Mirotic.

Palau Blaugrana. 5,260 spectators. 21st round of the Euroleague.

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Cammile Bussière

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