Baskonia holds off Barcelona in thriller
In an outstanding showdown that went down to the wire, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz grabbed its seventh win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague regular season by edging FC Barcelona Lassa 85-82 at home on Friday. Baskonia improved to 7-7 in the standings while Barcelona dropped to 4-10. Toko Shengelia led the winners with 24 points. Vincent Poirier added 14, Janis Timma had 10 while Marcelinho Huertas dished 10 assists for Baskonia. Pau Ribas led Barcelona with 15 points on 5-of-6 three-point shots. Adam Hanga added 14 while Juan Carlos Navarro and Ante Tomic each had 11 for the guests.
Shengelia struck three times from beyond the arc and Rodrigue Beaubois added another one to give Baskonia a 22-17 margin after 10 minutes. Shengelia insisted from downtown to make it a double-digit game, 36-24, and kept pacing Baskonia, scoring 20 points before halftime. A three-pointer by Matt Janning fixed the halftime score at 52-35. Vincent Poirier and Timma took over after the break and a jumper by Beaubois made it a 25-point game, 70-45, late in the third quarter. Hanga, Ribas and Tomic fueled an outstanding 4-29 run that made Barcelona tie the game, 74-74. A three-pointer by Navarro gave Barcelona the lead, 81-82, but free throws by Shengelia and Huertas allowed Baskonia to hold on.
Kevin Seraphin got Barcelona going with a dunk and a jump hook but Shengelia struck twice from downtown, getting help from Timma and Poirier to give Baskonia a 10-6 lead. Thomas Huertel joined the three-point shootout but so did Beaubois and a red hot Shengelia for a 18-11 score. Pierre Oriola scored down low, Heurtel added a fast break layup and a jump hook by Ante Tomic brought Barcelona a bit closer, 22-17, after 10 minutes. Tomic kept pacing the guests and a layup by Hanga made it a three-point game, 25-22. Kevin Jones and Janning fueled a 6-0 run that Vincent Poirier capped with a put-back layup. Another three-pointer by Shengelia soon made it a double-digit game, 36-24. Pau Ribas struck from downtown but Jayson Granger followed a triple with a jumper and Janning added a fast break layup to make it a 14-point game, 43-29. Seraphin tried to change things with a dunk and a put-back layup but an unstoppable Shengelia scored twice around the basket and added a jumper which Janning followed with a big triple for a 52-35 Baskonia margin at halftime.
Poirier hit a jumper after the break and Shengelia scored in the low post to make it a 20-point game, 56-36. Timma and Poirier ignited the crowd with consecutive slams but a triple by Oriola and a put-back basket by Victor Claver brought Barcelona a bit closer, 60-43. Granger and Johannes Voigtmann each hit a three-pointer and Beaubois added a jumper for a 70-45 score, which Ribas, Tomic and Navarro cut to 74-57 after 30 minutes. A layup by Hanga and back-to-back three-pointers by Navarro gave Barcelona hope, 74-65, early in the fourth quarter. Baskonia kept struggling to score while Ribas hit another triple and fed Hanga for an alleyoop layup that tied the game, 74-74, after a mammoth 4-29 run. Poirier hit a jump hook and Timma added a triple to give Baskonia fresh air at 79-74. Tomic dunked and back-to-back three-pointers by Ribas and Navarro completed Barcelona's epic comeback, 81-82, with 46.6 seconds left. Shengelia and Huertas made free throws and Navarro missed from way downtown seconds before the final buzzer.
Both teams return to EuroLeague action next Friday - Barcelona visits Khimki Moscow Region and Baskonia hosts CSKA Moscow.
Friday, December 22, 2017