“I am returning 20 years after leaving. It is something difficult to describe, something extraordinary. Without a doubt, an ideal setting to close my stage as a player and contribute as much as possible to the club that has given me so much,” wrote Pau Gasol in ‘Expansión’ this Saturday, hours before seeing his first match at the Palau as a member of the Barcelona squad again.
The Catalan pivot was a luxury spectator in a new triumph for Barça, which has only lost two games in 2021. After defeating Madrid again on Thursday , this time in the Euroleague , Sarunas Jasikevicius’s men added against Casademont Zaragoza (107 -88) his 11th league victory followed in the first game of his new teammate in the band.
“Saras has managed to transfer the brilliance of his game to the benches. He is a coach with a great vision and who knows how to transmit his character, dedication and passion to the dressing room to achieve the dedication of all team members,” Gasol stated in the article . At the Palau he saw live how his old parquet partner and now coach is spending them.
After a first quarter of scoring, the Catalans seemed to have begun to open a gap in the second act in a new example of the intensity that has become the watchword of a team that is beginning to be scary in both Spain and Europe, even more so. with the ‘bonus track’ of Gasol’s inclusion in a luxurious squad full of resources.
But Barça took their foot off the gas a little at the beginning of the second half, allowing the Aragonese to re-enter the game (63-60) and causing Jasikevicius to request a time-out in which his words echoed in the Palau.
The anger of the Lithuanian coach activated the team, although he did not finish breaking the crash until well into the last quarter, when he put cruising speed thanks to the intensity ofHanga (17 points) and to Davies’ authority in the area. The pivot, under the watchful eye of Gasol, claimed 20 points.
Barça: Higgins (14), Martínez (3), Mirotic (15), Hanga (17), Pustovyi (6) -five starting-, Bolmaro (11), Smits (2), Oriola (-), Abrines (9) , Kuric (10), Davies (20), Claver (-).
Casademont Zaragoza: San Miguel (8), Sulaimon (6), Harris (4), Benzing (6), Wiley (14) -starting five- Ennis (27), Justiz (-), Barreiro (5), Brussino (11 ), García (-), Hlinason (4), Font (3).
Worked black-green triumph
La Penya suffered more than expected to defeat Obradoiro. And that everything seemed on track when, five minutes from the end, the green and black enjoyed an income of 15 points. But the Galician comeback, with four triples in a row, narrowed the score to a dangerous 85-83 that set off the alarms until Pau RIbas came to the rescue.
A robbery, a basket and two free throws from the guard redirected the situation before López-Arostegui, top scorer of the match with 22 points, placed the final 91-84 on the scoreboard.
Joventut: Bassas (4), Ventura (5), López-Arostegui (22), Brodziansky (1), Tomic (12) -starting team-, Dimitrijevic (18), Ribas (14), Morgan (4), Birgander ( 6), Parra (3) and Dawson (2).
Obradoiro: Ozmizrak (15), Robertson (18), Suárez (4), Daum (11), Cohen (12) -starting team-, Muñoz (3), Oliver (1), Beliauskas (4), Enoch (10) and Czerapowicz (6).