Abrines leads Barcelona to 2-1 series lead on Lokomotiv
FC Barcelona Lassa came within one win of making it to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four by downing Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 82-70 at Palau Blaugrana in Game 3 of their best-of-five series on Tuesday. Barcelona has a 2-1 lead in the series and hosts Game 4 on Thursday. Alex Abrines scored a career-high 25 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting off the bench to lead the way. The visitors led 19-23 after 10 minutes, but Abrines scored 13 points, including 3 three-pointers midway through the second quarter, to put Barcelona head 42-36 at halftime. Barcelona found a new go-to guy in Justin Doellman, who got plenty of help from Abrines and Tomas Satoransky to boost the hosts' margin to double digits and the hosts cruised the rest of the way. Satoransky finished with 13 points and Doellman 12. Anthony Randolph led Lokomotiv with 16 points, Malcolm Delaney added 15, while Chris Singleton scored 13 and Matt Janning 11 off the bench.
First quarter: Randolph, Delaney put Lokomotiv ahead
Ante Tomic got Barcelona going with a jump hook, which Juan Carlos Navarro followed with a step-back baseline jumper for a 4-0 lead. Randolph buried a mid-range jumper, which Satoransky bettered with a bomb from downtown. Randolph kept pacing Lokomotiv with a tip-in, but a 'bomba' by Navarro restored a 9-4 Barcelona lead. Randolph followed free throws with a big block on Doellman and Delaney finished a four-chance Lokomotiv offense with a three-pointer that tied it at 9-9. Delaney struck again from downtown to give the visitors their first lead. Navarro downed a five-meter jumper and Abrines bettered Evgeny Voronov's driving layup with a triple. Randolph swished a six-meter shot that Satoransky erased with a driving basket to tie things at 16-16. Delaney sank a mid-range shot off the dribble, which an unstoppable Randolph followed with a step-back jumper for a 16-20 Lokomotiv lead. Delaney and Pau Ribas traded triples to fix the score at 19-23 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Abrines takes over and puts Barcelona in charge
Doellman joined the three-point shootout early in the quarter, but free throws by Dontaye Draper kept Lokomotiv ahead, 22-25. Doellman kept pushing Barcelona with a put-back layup, as Lokomotiv started to miss open shots. Singleton rescued the visitors with a step-back jumper, which Abrines matched with a tip-in. Then Abrines struck from downtown, prompting Lokomotiv to call timeout at 29-27. Abrines buried another one from beyond the arc to cap an 8-0 run in which he had all the points. Singleton banked in a close shot, but an unstoppable Abrines erased it with a driving layup. Andrey Zubkov scored in penetration but, Abrines nailed his third triple in as many minutes for a 37-31 Barcelona lead. Singleton answered from downtown. Tomic scored down low and Abrines added free throws, but Draper kept Lokomotiv within 42-36 at halftime.
Third quarter: Doellman steps up, Barcelona extends margin
Satoransky took over with an acrobatic driving layup immediately after the break and added a jumper that made it a double-digit game. Lokomotiv kept struggling to score and Tomic hit a jump hook for a 48-36 Barcelona lead. Janning tried to change things with back-to-back driving layups, but Tomic found Doellman for a two-handed slam. Sergey Bykov scored around the basket, but Navarro did better with a step-back corner triple for a 53-42 Barcelona lead. Delaney nailed a four-meter jumper only to see Doellman respond with a layup-plus-foul. Lokomotiv kept struggling to find the way to the basket even with twin point guards, Delaney and Draper, together on court. Singleton finished a three-chance Lokomotiv offense with a tip-in and soon added a layup, but Satoransky provided a highlight with a huge fast break slam and Abrines sank a three-pointer. Another tip-in by Singleton brought Lokomotiv a bit closer, 61-50.
Fourth quarter: Barcelona keeps pushing, seals outcome early
Delaney dunked off a steal early in the quarter to bring Lokomotiv within single digits, 61-52. Abrines and Draper traded three-pointers, but Barcelona kept dominating the game with physical, strong defense. Abrines split free throws and Ribas hit both attempts to keep Barcelona way out of trouble at 67-55with more than seven minutes left. Lokomotiv had entered the foul penalty and Barcelona made the most out of it. Ribas and Stratos Perperoglou split foul shots and a layup by Randolph gave Lokomotiv hope at 69-57. Satoransky stepped up with a put-back layup. Samardo Samuels added a dunk and Ribas scored off an inbound pass steal to seal the outcome at 75-57. Doellman made free throws and even though Janning sank a six-meter jumper, it was already too little, too late for the guests. The Barcelona fans had plenty of time to celebrate a big win.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016