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Barcelona could not get rid of Bayern until the last moment (72-70), and thanks to Kalinic, who defended Jaramaz’s last action, endured the blocks and forced an uncomfortable shot, toss-up, which crashed in the hoop Like an accordion, the German team inflated and deflated, but it was always there. The blaugrana started regular, but they got into tune in the first half, and with a good attacking level they got a comfortable lead in the first quarter (21-14). However, Bayern’s anarchic game made the locals uncomfortable and the score narrowed before the break (34-33) and turned around at the beginning of the second half (34-36).
Vesely appeared, on the rebound, and Jokubaitis to bring sanity to Barça’s game, and once again they took the lead, but with the German team always close on the scoreboard. Only when the game for Jasikevicius’s men started and Bayern’s men began to miss their shots, did the hosts manage to open up a difference on the scoreboard and stretch to the maximum difference, twelve points, with 5.51 to go. However, with Jaramaz’s baton and Weiler-Bebb’s hot wrist, the advantage vanished and with 1.05 remaining the tie reached 70, which Higgins broke to second, after his first pitch fell short and he had to Vesely came to the rescue with his last rebound, the ninth of the game. Then came Kalinic’s defense against Jaramaz in the final seconds, and Barca’s victory against a sticky Bayern, who never gave up.
Meanwhile, at La Fonteta, Valencia fell to Maccabi (93-94), thus achieving their first victory away from home. It was, like the one in Barcelona, a very tight finish. After a first half in which Mumbú’s men left with an advantage of ten points, the Israeli team adjusted their game while the Valencians began to fail, and managed to turn the score around. However, those from home did not give up, and managed to get closer again to bring about a very tight finish. A triple by Harper put the light at 90-91. With just 41 seconds to go, it tied the game at 92, but after another away basket, Harper missed a free kick. The rebound went to Maccabi, but Baldwin took a wrong step and left Valencia alive with 3.2s to go. However, Jones was unable to score the last shot and left the pavilion cold.
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