2008-09Top 16Round 4
February 26, 2009 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 O2 WORLD
Juan Carlos Navarro - Regal FC BarcelonaRegal FC Barcelona closed to within a victory of reaching the Quarterfinal Playoffs when it disposed of host Alba Berlin 57-75 on Thursday at the o2 Arena, site of the 2009 Euroleague Basketball Final Four. Barcelona dominated with defense and led 19-40 at halftime en route to its third straight Group F win. While putting on a defensive clinic, holding Alba to just 32 points after three quarters, Barcelona also made some offensive history thanks to one of its biggest stars. Shooting guard Juan Carlos Navarro opened the second half with a three-pointer that saw him join the competition’s exclusive 2,000-point club, just the sixth player this decade to reach that mark. Navarro finished by scoring 13 of his 18 in the second half to pace the winners. Barcelona is now 3-1 and will wrap up a spot in the Quarterfinal Playoffs with a win in either of its remaining games. David Andersen added 10 points as 11 different players scored for the winners, who outrebounded Berlin 21-34. Immanuel McElroy paced Alba with 11 points and Rashad Wright added 10. Berlin, meanwhile, fell to 0-4 and elimination. It will have to watch the playoffs from home and wait for the Final Four to come to town in early May.

Rashad Wright - Alba BerlinDefenses ruled early before Navarro started the scoring by cutting back-door for a one-hand shot. When Santiago assisted Andersen for a dunk, Barcelona led 4-0. McElroy started Alba's scoring column with free throws and Casey Jacobsen's jumper soon drew Alba within 4-6. Andersen banked in a shot from the post, and Navarro hit a fastbreak triple as Barcelona pulled away 4-11, forcing an Alba timeout. McElroy responded with a tough triple for the hosts, then assisted Rashad Wright for another from the corner to suddenly make it 10-11. Andersen answered again, however, while Santiago blocked Aleksandar Nadjfeji and assisted Barton for a corner triple. Then Sada stole and scored to make it, just as suddenly, 10-18, where the scoreboard stayed until the first quarter finished.

Barcelona's run continued into the second quarter as Sada and Fran Vazquez got to the basket early for layups. When Ilyasova busted a triple from the corner, Barcelona had scored 14 unanswered points and owned a 10-25 lead. Wright finally ended Alba's bleeding with a steal and tough layup, but nothing came easy for the hosts. Sada made it look easy with an alley-oop pass dunked by Vazquez. Grimau did the same with an open layup follow by an open triple to make it 14-32. Andersen was silky on another jumper and, after an Alba timeout, added Barcelona's first free throws by drawing Ansu Sesay's third foul to make it 16-36. On the other hand, Alba managed only free throws until Nadjfeji got loose for a fastbreak dunk. Sada's connection with Vazquez worked for another pair of dunks in the half's final minute to punctuate Barcelona's first-half domination at 19-40.

David Andersen - Regal FC BarcelonaNavarro started the third quarter with triple from the top to reach 2,000 points for his Euroleague career, only the sixth player to do so this decade. Now, however, Alba responded with Wright shooting from the corner McElroy getting a pair of layups and newly-signed big man Blagota Sekulic scoring inside to make it 28-46. Navarro was not in the mood for a comeback, however, and buried another triple. By the time he and Sada hit pairs of free throws, it was 30-53, and though Alba got the matching baskets now, by Wright and Adam Chubb, Barton got the last one of the third quarter for a 32-55 score.

Andre Barrett got into the Barcelona scoring fun with a triple to open the final quarter, and when Navarro canned his fourth, the visitors reached their high lead of 34-61. Alba started polishing up the score, with some baskets and a three-pointer by Jacobsen. Barcelona was content to trade points even at the expense of a Top 16 defensive record try. The visitors rested their big guns down the stretch, but even their replacements put on a show for Alba's 10,000-plus fans, who had to be wondering if a masterful Barcelona might return to o2 Arena at Final Four time.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Referees: MOUZAKIS, COSTAS (GRE), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO), TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA)
Attendance: 10096
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Alba Berlin1091325
Regal FC Barcelona18221520
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Alba Berlin10193257
Regal FC Barcelona18405575
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 JACOBSEN, CASEY 30:01 8 1/3 2/3     3 3 2 2 2   1 3   6
5 HERBER, JOHANNES DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 HAMANN, STEFFEN 16:43 9 2/4 1/3 2/2         2 1   1 2 1 4
7 ZWIENER, PHILLIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 DOJCIN, DRAGAN 6:27                              
9 SESAY, ANSU 21:13 6 1/5 0/1 4/4   3 3 1 2 1   1 4 3 4
10 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 12:20 4 2/4     1 3 4 1   1     1   5
11 JENKINS, JULIUS 23:05   0/5       2 2 2   3     1 1 -4
12 WRIGHT, RASHAD 23:17 10 2/3 2/4     2 2   2 2     1 5 13
14 CHUBB, ADAM 18:40 4 2/3   0/2   2 2   1       4 1 1
23 McELROY, IMMANUEL 26:54 11 2/5 1/2 4/4   2 2 2 2 1   1 2 5 14
32 NADJFEJI, ALEKSANDAR 21:20 5 2/4   1/2 1 1 2 1 1 2   1 4 2 1
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 57 14/36 6/13 11/14 3 18 21 9 12 13 0 5 22 18 45
        38.9% 46.2% 78.6%
Head coach: PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Regal FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 16:47 2   0/2 2/2   1 1 1   2       1 1
6 BARRETT, ANDRE 14:59 6 1/3 1/2 1/2 1   1 2   3     1 2 3
8 TRIAS, JORDI 8:15 5   1/1 2/2   3 3           1 1 8
9 BARTON, LUBOS 20:04 8 2/3 1/2 1/2 1 3 4 1 2         1 13
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 21:34 18 1/5 4/5 4/4   1 1 3   2     2 3 16
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 19:15 10 4/5 0/2 2/2   3 3     2 1   2 4 11
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 18:20 9 4/8   1/2 1 6 7   1 2 2   1 1 12
20 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 3:08                              
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 12:44 3   1/2     2 2 1   2 1   2 1 3
24 SADA, VICTOR 25:01 7 2/2 0/1 3/4   3 3 6 2       2 2 16
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 21:26 2     2/2 1 2 3 3   1 1   4 5 9
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 18:27 5 1/2 1/2   2 3 5   1 3     3 1 4
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 75 15/28 9/19 18/22 7 27 34 17 6 17 5 0 18 22 97
        53.6% 47.4% 81.8%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

PAVICEVIC, LUKA
Alba Berlin
"Barcelona's aim today was to pass to the next round and that's how they approached the game with very serious and throughout-the-whole-game aggressive defense. They appeared physically and mentally strong against us and we did not really answer the physical and mental presence of Barcelona today. We did not play weak or bad, but we could not find our advantages because of Barcelona's defense. The more the game went, the insecurity came even more into my team and with this kind of opponent the confidence grew on the other side. We have a big challenge immediately coming up on the weekend and we have to put this loss behind us very fast."
PASCUAL, XAVI
Regal FC Barcelona
"We are happy with the win and I think we played a very serious game tonight. Alba plays pretty good basketball, but we played very solid in defense and kept Alba's score low. Our very good defense enabled us to establish our fast break game, which gave us many easy points in the first two quarters. In the third quarter, the level of both teams was pretty much the same, but we held our lead until the end."

Players

HAMANN, STEFFEN
Alba Berlin
"Barcelona put up an impressive game tonight. It showed from the first minute that they were willing to play again here in Berlin in May and I think with this kind of game they showed today, they have good chances to do so. They did not allow any easy points under the basket and stopped our fast breaks. Nevertheless I think, that we could have performed a little better in the first half, but at least after the break we did not give up and were able to avoid a blowout. This was important for us, because we have an important weekend ahead of us with the final four of the German Cup."
ANDERSEN, DAVID
Regal FC Barcelona
"It is not easy to beat Berlin in their gym. I think playing here is very dangerous, because Alba is a team that can put together points very quickly. But we played very good defense tonight, were concentrated from the very beginning and attacked them inside to draw fouls or get easy baskets. That worked out very well. Our defense led the way and in offense we found our rhythm early to build a lead of 20 points, which we held throughout the second half. After this very good work, we have to think about the next game against Real Madrid to get the first position in our group."
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