By Eurohoops team/ firstname.lastname@example.org
It was a bit tougher than expected, but Barcelona got the job done in the second half against ALBA. The hosts had a crucial 19-3 run that close out the game for a 72-56 win.
Barcelona continues to battle for the top spot in the standings as the Spanish team now has 22 wins just like Olympiacos and Real Madrid, but they play their games for Round 32 on Friday. ALBA remains on just nine wins this season.
“I am happy with the way we were fighting in this game. Congratulations to Barcelona for the win“, said Israel Gonzalez, head coach of ALBA.
Sertac Sanli had 12 points, and Nikola Mirotic added 11 in just 18 minutes of playing time. Nikola Kalinic followed with 10 points and five rebounds. Nobody in ALBA scored in double digits. Yanni Wetzell had nine points.
“We played their basketball in the first half, but in the second half, we played our basketball. I am happy with the victory“, said Sertac Sanli.
The German side opened up the game a lot better than Barcelona who came out slow. At the half, ALBA had a surprising 35-34 lead, but Barcelona was not playing around in the third and fourth quarters and with a big 19-3 run they managed to secure the win.
ALBA scored only 21 points in the second half.
“ALBA was fighting like hell, we played better defense in the second half and my guys got the job done“, Sarunas Jasikevicius added.