Liga Endesa round up (week 7)

Joventut Badalona’s run of impressive wins came to an end as they were edged out by newcomers Andorra and there was joy for the majority of Euroleague teams apart from Valencia, who lost.

EUROLEAGUE WATCH

In what was no doubt the game of the week Barcelona defeated fellow Euroleague side Valencia 76-57 in Catalunya. Barca now move to second in the Liga Endesa table with a 6-1 record after holding Valencia to just 8 points in the second period, while scoring 22 themselves to build a 41-25 lead at half-time.

From there, Barcelona eased off the gas, and even though Valencia tried to make a comest of it in the final quarter, were always fighting a losing battle.

Maciej Lampe led Barcelona with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds.

Real Madrid remain top of the table after a comfortable 90-65 success over UCAM Murcia in the Spanish capital. Jonas Maciulis led Real with 20 points as they raced out to a 26-16 first quarter advantage and never looked back.

Last season’s Euroleague runners-up are still unbeaten on 7-0 with this win.

Unicaja Malaga bounced back from their defeat to Joventut Badalona last week by comfortably seeing off Tenerife 84-68 at home. Malaga are level with Barcelona in second place with 6-1 records.

Mindaugas Kuzminskas led the winners with 20 points, including going 3/3 from three-point land.

Laboral Kutxa scored an impressive 79-62 win at home to Gipuzkoa to improve their record at 3-4. No doubt though, the side from Vitoria have endured a poor start to the season by their standards and after starting slowly in the first period, the signs looked bad.

Laboral though hit back and they used the second and third quarters to build up a comfortable lead and ease to victory.

EUROCUP SUCCESS

Gran Canaria defeated basement side Bruixa d’Or 83-71 on the road but the Eurocup front-runners are struggling to find their form domestically, but go to 3-4.

Kyle Kuric hit five triples, en route to 21 points to lead Gran Canaria.

Seville’s poor start looks to be a memory now as they racked up back-to-back wins in the league, their latest being a comfortable 85-62 success at Estudiantes. Derrick Byars hit a game-high 19 points for the winners.

Zaragoza made it three wins out of three with an 82-71 win over Bilbao as Kevin Lisch hit 20 points in victory on the road.

ELESEWHERE..

Andorra survived a last gasp attempt from Badalona’s Demond Mallet to record an 84-81 win at home. David Navarro led the Andorra side with 15 points.

There was also a win for Rio Monbus, who scored their fourth win in the league with a 75-63 win over Fuenlabrada. Pavel Pumpria hit 17 points in victory.