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ACB working day 16



Unicaja Malaga vs Barcelona
Unicaja gamers have fun a triple towards Nikola KalinicJorge Zapata (EFE)

Unicaja wrote a brand new web page in its historical past. Against Barcelona, ​​in a packed Martín Carpena, Ibon Navarro’s males achieved their twelfth consecutive victory, a brand new document for the Malaga membership that’s going by way of certainly one of its finest moments, second within the ACB and present Cup champions. Quite the other for Barça, immersed in a reconstruction that’s not but prepared. Sixth defeat in 9 video games for Grimau’s staff, which makes it tough for them to advance to the Copa del Rey as seeds.

The ambiance at Carpena was an ideal night time. Nobody wished to fall. The coach, Sergio Scariolo, the coach with whom Unicaja achieved its earlier document of 11 consecutive wins, didn’t wish to miss the match. The assembly additionally had the intrigue of how Carpena would obtain Brizuela, who was certainly one of its emblems, now wearing Barça. The Malaga pavilion gave him a standing ovation on the presentation of the groups, however that was so far as the love went. Once the sport obtained underway, the inexperienced tide solely pushed in favor of their staff.

Barça began the sport extra firmly, pushed by a fired-up Parra within the first quarter (11 factors with three of three in triples). The Blaugrana took the primary set with authority (19-26), but it surely was nothing greater than a mirage. Between the doubts that the staff drags and the step ahead of Unicaja, the sphere tilted and the storm broke out. After a partial begin of 10-2, Navarro’s males regained management of the sport (29-28) and didn’t decelerate till they left Barça a long way away (48-37 at halftime). Barça’s second quarter was one to neglect, with 7 turnovers and Laprovittola annoyed and penalized with a technical for a ball at Perry.

Martín Carpena was a cauldron that got here to a boil when he realized that his staff was not collapsing, however fairly was holding its personal towards the staff that only a few months in the past unseated them within the ACB semifinals. Barcelona gritted their enamel, with Willy and Satoransky pulling the automotive, however they by no means obtained nearer than 9 factors. Seeing that victory was slipping away from them, the Blaugrana lowered their arms and Unicaja made one final push to certify the beating: +20 (89-69) with one minute remaining.

Full cease for a dream 2023 for composers. Ibon Navarro’s males will take the grapes as second place within the ACB and present Cup champions. Barça, who will play on Friday towards Monaco, nonetheless has a variety of work forward of them for 2024.

Unicaja, 91 – Barcelona, ​​71

Unicaja: Perry (6), Taylor (12), Djedovic (-), Osetkowski (15), Kravish (6) – beginning quintet – Ejim (5), Kalinoski (12), Díaz (4), Carter (8), Lima (-), Thomas (16), Sima (7).

Barcelona: Laprovittola (10), Satoransky (5), Parra (11), Parker (8), Vesely (11) – preliminary quintet – Da Silva (-), Pauli (-), Brizuela (5), Kalinic (8), Hernangómez (9), Nnaji (-), Jokubaitis (4).

Referees: Emilio Pérez Pizarro, Rafael Serrano and Rubén Sánchez Mohedas

Partials: 19-26; 29-11; 21-23; 22-11

José María Martín Carpena Sports Palace: 10,681 spectators. sixteenth day of the Endesa League.

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