Live ticker FC Barcelona – ALBA BERLIN (EuroLeague 2022/2023, 32nd matchday)



Mid-term conclusion:
The last word has Malte Delow, who sinks an arc lamp over Nikola Mirotić in a relaxed manner. Alba Berlin takes a narrow 35:34 lead into the dressing room in the Palau Blaugrana. The reigning BBL champion has defied the title contender from Catalonia in every respect so far and has caused coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius one or two outbursts. Alba defends very flexibly and with high intensity and does not let FCB get into a flow. The guests also had their good phases offensively and kept Barcelona busy. The three-way quota went down towards the end and one or two turnovers brought the home side back six points behind. Still, this is a strong showing from the albatrosses so far. See you soon!



Laprovíttola turns up the heat and finds his way to the basket twice. The lead is back at Barca.



Unfortunately, Alba always leaves something behind. The guests slept three times in the last few minutes during the defensive rebound, now the shotclock is running in front. Berlin could lead more clearly here than with three points.



Slowly but surely, Šarūnas Jasikevičius has attained his usual bright red complexion. After another rather static attack by his team, the Lithuanian folds Álex Abrines together.



Bitter! Alba defended well again and forced the next miss, but Olinde and Sikma got in each other’s way on the rebound and put the thing in their own basket like cinematic. But there is no time to get angry about it, because Maodo Lô sends the next three through the trap!



At Barca, on the other hand, the flow of the first few minutes is completely gone! Kalinić clearly misses the target in a wide open three-pointer. This time, however, Wetzell cannot punish it with points.



And the albatrosses are still going strong up front: Wetzell turns Kalinić on the baseline, hits a foul and makes the and-one clear!



Alba Berlin defends really well and keeps preventing the hosts from picking and rolling. So Barcelona has to take more difficult shots and they often go by.



With Sertaç Şanlı, Jasikevičius brings a nine big man, who gets the first play out of the timeout and sinks the desired three.



The fifth Berlin threesome comes from Malte Delow and now the time has come. Šarūnas Jasikevičius called the time-out and his players, who had been a bit sluggish for a few minutes, took it to their chests.



An unusual picture: Barca coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius sits calmly on the bench and watches the game. It won’t be long before the Lithuanian volcano erupts though as Barca allow the next open three point and this time Yovel Zoosman netted.



Beginning of 2nd quarter



Quarter conclusion:
Alba Berlin has a strong start to the difficult away game at FC Barcelona and grabs the first quarter with 21:19! The hosts started furiously and were initially unstoppable, but over time the Alba defense became stronger and was able to record one or two stoppages. And since the three fell in front (3/3) and Ben Lammers contributed seven points in four minutes, the German champions are just in the lead.



Lammers immediately follows suit, then Oscar da Silva hits two free throws against his old colleagues on the other side. Alba has the last throw and it’s Lammers again who scores his points six and seven after Zoosman Assist.



What the hosts just get off the bench is impressive. Cory Higgins gets his first minutes and scores two points after a Veselý dream pass. But Berlin also has class outside: Ben Lammers pushes in the third three for Alba!



JT also logs in with two dots. Then Alba profits from one of Barcelona’s rare misses and Smith casually chases the three from the pear! It’s just one point.



Offensively, what the home side have shown so far is almost perfect. With many fast passes and good feints, they create gaps in the Berlin defense and use them ice-cold. This time Satoranský prefers to speed past Koumadje before putting the ball in the ring. The tall man from Chad also picked up his second foul and now has a break. Johannes Thiemann takes over.



Tomáš Satoranský meets Christ Koumadje! The Barca guard boldly pulls to the basket, goes up and just crashes into a wall. Everything fair from the Alba Center, possession of the ball in Berlin!



The hosts are slowly rolling. Nikola Mirotić scores his first points from the half-distance and then wants to add the three, but only hits the ring. Luke Sikma puts Alba back on track.



At Barcelona there is only one name on the scoring report so far. Jan Veselý has scored from all positions so far and is unstoppable.



Very important for the guests: The threesome is there immediately! Louis Olinde provides the first Berlin tour.



The first ball goes to the hosts and the first points are scored quickly. after three quick passes Veselý is free under the basket and discards. Alba is also right there and equalizes through Luke Sikma.



Off we go! Alba starts in the atmospheric Palau Blaugrana with Maodo Lô, Jaleen Smith, Louis Olinde, Luke Sikma and Christ Koumadje. Barca start Tomáš Satoranský, Nicolás Laprovíttola, Kyle Kuric, Nikola Mirotić and Jan Veselý.


For the Berliners there is a reunion with center Oscar da Silva today, who played for Alba last year. That’s not the only reason head coach González sees his team facing a difficult task. “Barcelona are one of the best teams in Europe. They are very strong in attack and hit their shots with a high percentage. In addition, they act with a lot of energy and an incredibly high intensity on defense. We have to think about the game from possession to possession and our best offensive and defensive performance show to be able to keep up,” said the Spaniard in the run-up to the game.


With the hosting Catalans, of course, things are very different. Barcelona bagged the playoffs long ago and can already make home advantage for the quarter-finals clear with a home win. Even the first two places are still there for the current table third with just one win behind Olympiakos and Real Madrid. After the defeats against Piraeus and Fenerbahçe, FCB found their way back on track and notched up comfortable victories against the two teams from Belgrade and Panathinaikos.


Although the playoffs have been out of reach for the Berliners for a long time, they have sold well internationally in recent weeks. After the narrow success in the German duel at Bayern, Alba was also able to defeat the reigning champion Anadolu Efes. Most recently, however, Israel González’s team lost 87:93 at Saski Baskonia on Tuesday. The Albatrosses have meanwhile at least reached their minimum goal of leaving last place and want to continue to present themselves properly, especially since it is even possible to end the season as the best German team. Munich is only two wins away.


Hello and welcome to the EuroLeague on Thursday evening! Alba Berlin will play at Spanish top club FC Barcelona on matchday 32. It starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Palau Blaugrana!