without merit, Asvel bows to Barcelona

By Le Figaro with AFP

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17 points for Joffrey Lauvergne during Asvel’s defeat in Barcelona. Frédéric Chambert / Frederic Chambert / Panoramic

No miracle for the Villeurbannais, beaten on the floor of FC Barcelona (101-92) this Thursday, during the 11th day.

Despite good resistance, Asvel ended up bending under the long-distance blows of FC Barcelona and Nicolas Laprovittola, Friday in Catalonia (101-92), and conceded a third defeat in a row in the Euroleague basketball. The Villeurbannais (two victories in 11 days) remain penultimate, three successes from 10th place, the last qualifier for the “play-ins” (play-offs), before three home matches (Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Valencia and Panathinaikos) .

Beaten by Vitoria (88-81) then Bayern Munich (101-100 AD) precisely at home during the last two matches, they did not manage to make up for these two defeats with a success in the room of the second in the ranking, where they won last year (75-74). In the nails at half-time (50-47), they gave in in the second half, too lax in defense to let the Catalans enjoy themselves from long distance (17/26), the Argentinian leader Nicolas Laprovittola in the lead (28 pts , at 8/10 at 3 pts).

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Laprovittola and Kalinic as gravediggers

In the wake of Joffrey Lauvergne (17 pts, 5 rebounds and 3 ists), Nando De Colo (16 pts and 3 pd), back in the Euroleague after two games of absence due to a thigh injury, and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot (20 pts, 4 rebounds and 4 pd), they refused to give up for a long time, coming back to a length at the start of the last quarter after being up to 14 units behind (76-62, 28th ).

But they were then stunned by Laprovittola, author of a winning shot then an ist for Nikola Kalinic who imitated him in the sequence which gave the final blow (96-85, 37th). The Argentine equaled his record for points in the Euroleague, a competition in which De Colo crossed the 1,000 ists mark at the end of the third quarter.

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