Singleton, Tomic lead Barcelona to first win
FC Barcelona Lassa grabbed its first win of the 2018-19 Turkish Airlines Airlines EuroLeague season by downing FC Bayern Munich 83-73 at Palau Blaugrana on Thursday. Both teams now have a 1-2 record in the regular season standings. Ante Tomic led the winners with 18 points, Chris Singleton added 15, Kevin Pangos had 12, Jaka Blazic 11 and Pierre Oriola contributed 10 for Barcelona. Maodo Lo led Bayern with 16 points, Vladimir Lucic netted 12 and Danilo Barthel had 11 for the guests.
Barthel opened the score with a three-pointer, but Pangos had 6 points in a 10-0 run that put Barcelona ahead for good, 10-3. Pangos kept pacing Barcelona, getting help from Victor Claver and Tomic to make it a double-digit game, 19-8. A huge dunk by Kevin Seraphin boosted the lead to 24-8, which Lo and Leon Radosevic cut to 26-17 after 10 minutes. Lo stayed on fire early in the second quarter and a power layup by Devin Booker gave Bayern hope at 34-28. Barcelona improved its offense through an unstoppable Tomic and a layup by Oriola restored a 43-32 advantage. Lucic kept Bayern within 44-36 at halftime. Lucic stayed on fire after the break, getting Bayern even closer, 51-47. Singleton and Blazic rescued Barcelona and a turnaround jumper by Tomic boosted the hosts' margin to 65-54 after 30 minutes. Derrick Williams and Dedovic got Bayern as close as 76-69 with over three minutes left. Kyle Kuric hit a three-pointer that sealed the outcome, as Bayern never recovered.
Singleton did a little bit of everything to make sure his team got its first win - 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, a block and 3 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 22. Most important, his all-around game had a collective reward.
With Bayern trailing 55-50, Barcelona looked for answers. Blazic and Singleton provided them and free throws by Oriola gave his team a double-digit lead, 65-54, at the end of the third quarter. Bayern never really recovered, as Barcelona took full control for good.
Barcelona outrebounded Bayern 37-20, allowing its opponents to pull down only 2 offensive boards. Barcelona had 14 offensive rebounds - seven times as many as Bayern!
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Lo had a career-best index rating of 20. He tied his best scoring night in the competition - Lo had previously scored 16 points against Olympiacos Piraeus, while playing for Brose Bamberg, on March 9, 2018.
Bayern hosts KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz on Thursday. Barcelona plays a day later. It visits Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul.
Thursday, October 18, 2018