Satoransky leads Barcelona past Galatasaray
FC Barcelona improved to 4-3 in the Top 16 by downing Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 82-70 at home on Thursday. Barcelona remained unbeaten in Group E at Palau Blaugrana, while Galatasaray dropped to 2-5. Tomas Satoransky paced the winners with 17 points. Bostjan Nachbar added 15, Justin Doellman and Ante Tomic each had 12 points and 9 rebounds, while Juan Carlos Navarro scored 11 for Barcelona. Zoran Erceg led Galatasaray with 18 points and Patric Young added 11 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Satoransky took over early to help Barcelona to a 15-11 lead. Erceg and Ender Arslan brought Galatasaray within 22-20 after 10 minutes. Three-pointers by Martynas Pocius and Arslan gave Galatasaray a 25-26 edge. Doellman and Nachbar combined for all the points in a 7-0 run that gave Barcelona the lead for good, 32-26. Nachbar and an outstanding Navarro boosted Barcelona's lead to double-digits, 52-39, at halftime. Young tried to change things after the break while Kerem Gonlum and Erceg fueled a 0-9 run that brought Galatasaray within 66-62 with eight minutes left. Galatasaray managed to get within 71-68, but Barcelona improved its defense and used an 11-0 run to seal the outcome minutes before the final buzzer.
First quarter: Satoransky steals the show
Doellman got Barcelona going with a three-pointer which Tomic followed with a dunk for a 5-0 lead. Galatasaray was held scoreless for almost two minutes until Vladimir Micov stepped up with a layup-plus-foul. A driving basket by Erceg soon tied it at 5-5. After Navarro struck from downtown, Young scored down low. A layup by Tomic gave the hosts a 10-7 lead. Erceg kept pushing Galatasaray with his trademark triple from the top of the key, but Satoransky quickly answered with a high-flying reverse layup and soon added a triple for a 15-11 Barcelona lead. Satoransky ignited the crowd with a wild alley-oop slam, but back-to-back baskets by Erceg and Sinan Guler kept the guests within 17-15. Satoransky scored off a midcourt steal and Nachbar bettered Gonlum's layup with a three-point play. Arslan answered with his own layup-plus-foul to bring Galatasaray within 22-20.
Second quarter: Navarro shines, Barcelona gets big lead
A three-pointer by Martynas Pocius gave Galatasaray its first lead, 22-23, early in the quarter. Nachbar answered from downtown, but Arslan also hit one from beyond the arc. Tomic tried to change things with consecutive put-back baskets and a three-pointer by Nachbar gave Barcelona plenty of fresh air at 32-26. Arslan sank his third triple, as Galatasaray tried a small lineup with Micov at power forward. Nachbar nailed a corner triple, which Justin Carter answered with a power layup to make it 35-31. Alex Abrines joined the three-point shootout, but Carter shined with a big dunk. A layup by Satoransky restored a 40-33 Barcelona lead. Navarro hit his trademark 'bomba' and improved on Erceg's turnaround jumper with a triple. Doellman scored in the low post and added a close basket. Erceg buried a corner three-pointer, but Navarro gave the hosts a 52-39 advantage at halftime.
Third quarter: Galatasaray tries, Barcelona keeps margin
Guler hit a close shot immediately after the break, as Barcelona was held scoreless for more than three minutes. Galatasaray started to miss open shots, however, and a three-pointer by Doellman boosted his team's lead to 55-41. Young stepped up with a jump hook, but Doellman banked in a close jumper. Young kept pacing Galatasaray with a put-back slam, as Barcelona tried a taller lineup with Abrines and DeShaun Thomas at the wings. Young made free throws ad Guler – now playing point guard – added a driving layup to give the guests hope at 57-49. Marcelinho Huertas rescued Barcelona with a three-pointer, but Young kept pacing Galatasaray with a put-back layup. Free throws by Tibor Pleiss and Huertas gave the hosts a 63-51 lead. Gonlum took over with a tip-in in traffic, which Nachbar improved on with a corner triple. Erceg answered from downtown to keep Galatasaray within 66-56.
Fourth quarter: Late run seals outcome
Gonlum scored around the basket early in the quarter and a layup in transition by Erceg brought Galatasaray as close as 66-60 with over eight minutes left. A five-meter jumper by Gonlum capped a 0-9 run and caused Barcelona to call timeout at 66-62. Tomic hit a jump hook that Carter bettered with a three-pointer to bring the visitors within 68-65. Satoransky answered from downtown, but Pocius erased it with 3 free throws. Tomic scored again and Satoransky buried a corner triple that gave Barcelona a 76-68 margin. A three-pointer by Mario Hezonja sealed the outcome, 79-68, with over three minutes left. Barcelona improved its defense right when it mattered most and even though Galatasaray called timeout, it was already too little, too late for the guests.
Thursday, February 12, 2015