Barcelona rallies to hand Lokomotiv its first loss
In a battle for first place in Group D, FC Barcelona Lassa registered its fourth consecutive win by edging Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar 72-68 at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. The two teams are now tied for the best records in Group D at 4-1 record. Ante Tomic led the winners with 16 points and 7 assists, while Tomas Satoransky added 10 points and a key steal for Barcelona. Dontaya Draper led Lokomotiv with 20 points and Malcolm Delaney added 18 for the guests. Tomic had 10 points in the first quarter and got help from Justin Doellman and Carlos Arroyo to give Barcelona an 18-16 lead after 10 minutes. Chris Singleton and Delaney rescued Lokomotiv to tie the game at 28-28. Brad Oleson, Tomic and a wild buzzer-beating basket by Pau Ribas helped Barcelona to a 37-31 edge at halftime. Barcelona lead 42-33 right after the break but Delaney, Victor Claver and Draper led a 4-14 run to take a 48-49 lead at the end of the third quarter. Back-to-back triples by Singleton and Delaney made it 48-57, with eight minutes left. Barcelona returned to the game with a 9-0 run, which Samardo Samuels capped with a layup, and regained the lead, 65-63, on a three-pointer by Alex Abrines. Delaney singlehandedly brought Lokomotiv within 70-68 and the guests got the ball back with 7.8 seconds, but Satoransky collected a good-as-gold steal and sealed the outcome from the foul line.
First quarter: Tomic puts Barcelona ahead
Tomic got Barcelona going with a layup, which Claver erased with a driving basket. Tomic insisted with a big basket in the low post and a jump hook for a 6-2 Barcelona lead. Singleton buried a mid-range jumper, which Doellman bettered with a bomb from downtown to boost the hosts' lead to 9-4. Lokomotiv struggled to get Delaney involved due to Satoransky's defense, but Evgeny Voronov stepped up with a backdoor layup. Satoransky shined with a driving basket and free throws by Tomic gave Barcelona a 13-6 advantage. After Delaney made foul shots, Tomic hit a mid-range jumper. A jumper by Draper kept Lokomtoiv within 5. Draper kept pacing the guests with free throws. Shane Lawal split free throws and a layup by Kyrylo Fesenko brought Lokomotiv within 16-14. Delaney took over with an acrobatic basket, but free throws by Carlos Arroyo fixed the score at 18-16 after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Defense keeps hosts in charge
Draper scored around the basket and a three-pointer by Ribas put Barcelona back ahead, 21-18. Abrines split foul shots, as Lokomotiv tried to push the game tempo, but kept missing open shots. Barcelona dominated the boards with Lawal and Samuels together on court. Samuels made free throws, but Singleton took over with back-to-back dunks that got the guests within 24-22. Ryan Broekhoff split foul shots before Lawal made 2 attempts and Arroyo restored a 28-23 Barcelona lead. Lokomotiv struggled to score without Delaney and Draper on the floor, but Sergey Bykov rescued the guests with an acrobatic basket. Delaney returned to the floor and immediately struck from downtown to tie it at 28-28. Abrines made free throws, as Barcelona tried Ribas and Brad Oleson as guards. Oleson hit a mid-range jumper and Tomic made free throws, but a three-pointer by Draper kept Lokomotiv within 35-31. A buzzer-beating layup by Ribas boosted the hosts' lead to 37-31 at halftime.
Third quarter: Lokomotiv takes the lead
Tomic split free throws right after the break and Broekhoff found Voronov for an easy layup to bring the guests within 38-33. Tomic scored around the basket and send a behind-the-back assist to Satoransky for a 42-33 Barcelona lead. Delaney scored in penetration and Draper sank a jumper in transition. Claver picked up a loose ball and put it in, which Delaney followed with a fast break layup to make it 42-41. Doellman tried to change things with a dunk, which Claver erased with a layup. Juan Carlos Navarro hit a mid-range jumper, but a close basket by Fesenko and a fast break layup by Andrey Zubkov gave Lokomotiv its first lead of the game, 46-47. Barcelona kept struggling to score without Tomic on the floor and another fast break layup by Draper prompted the hosts to call timeout at 46-49, after a 0-6 run. Ribas made free throws to bring Barcelona within 48-49.
Fourth quarter: It comes down to the final seconds
Both teams struggled to score until Zubkov stepped up with a tip-in. Singleton soon added a corner triple to make it 48-54 with eight minutes left. Delaney and Oleson joined the three-point shootout and Abrines sank a six-meter jumper that brought Barcelona within 53-57. The hosts improved their defense and a layup by Satoransky made it a 2-point game. Samuels shined with a reverse layup that tied it at 57-57, after a 9-0 run. Draper struck from downtown and bettered Satoransky's quick basket with a seven-meter bomb for a 59-63 Lokomotv lead. Oleson buried another one from beyond the arc and so did Abrines to put Barcelona back ahead, 65-63, with over two minutes to go. Tomic split free throws and collected a key steal which allowed Samuels to score at the other end, 68-63. Draper split free throws, but Samuels scored again. Delaney hit a three-pointer and was fouled while taking another shot from downtown. He made 1-of-3 attempts, but Lokomotiv got the ball back with 7.8 seconds left. Satoransky stole the ball, drew a foul and made free throws to seal the outcome.
Thursday, November 12, 2015