FC Barcelona Lassa might have missed out on home-court advantage for the playoffs, but its 95-83 win over Buducnost VOLI Podgorica did clinch it fifth place and secure Barcelona a playoff tilt with Anadolu Efes Istanbul. It is the first known matchup for the 2018-19 EuroLeague Playoffs.
"Finishing fifth is not our last objective," Barcelona Coach Svetislav Pesic was quick to point out after the victory, which gave Pesic and his team more than three weeks to prepare for the series against Efes. And while he might not have been happy with the defense his team played, the offense his players displayed was encouraging.
"Tonight showed we have so much talent and options on offense," Pesic said. "We had 24 assists, more than 45% from three, more than 65% from two."
While there are clearly some more important games coming Barcelona's way, this one will be especially memorable for Barcelona forward Adam Hanga, whose grandfather, Gyorgy Szep, passed away, and in whose honor a moment of silence was held before the tip-off.
The situation played out to be a strong motivator for Hanga, who had a season-high 18 points, along with 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
"It was a special moment before the game and a very emotional game from my side," Hanga said after the victory. "The last couple of weeks have been tough for me and my family, but I would not be here without him."