Liga Endesa 2015-16 round up (week 22)

Barcelona and Valencia both recorded victories in week 22 of the Liga Endesa as they both remain at the top of the table.

The Catalan side were hard-fought 83-77 victors at home to Unicaja Malaga as Carlos Arroyo dazzled en route to a team-high 15 points. Jack Cooley led all scorers in vain for Unicaja with 17.

Valencia got back to winning ways as they answered back from their loss in heartbreaking fashion to Real Madrid last week with an 86-81 win at Fuenlabrada.

Five players were in double figures for Valencia with Ferando San Emeterio, John Shurna and Justin Hamilton all recording 15 points each to lead the winners.

Laboral Kutxa replied to their poor Euroleague showing in Piraeus, midweek to dominate Bilbao 108-62 and remain in third.

Holding Bilbao to just nine points in the first ten minutes, the Vitoria side were relentless and were out of sight at the half-time break, leading 58-27 but despite stepping off the accelerator in the third, the hosts stormed back to finish strong and each the hundred mark with ease.

Darius Adams exploded for 30 points to lead the way for Laboral Kutxa.

Bilbao and Unicaja’s bad weekend is music to the ears of Andorra, who celebrated “throwback” day with an 84-82 win over Estudiantes to stay in the Playoff hunt.

A three from Thomas Schreiner with 4.3 seconds left proved to be the game-winner as a floater by Estudiantes’ Nicolás Laprovittola with a second left was short.

Real Madrid stayed in the final Playoff seed for the home sides as they beat Gran Canaria 103-93 to remain in fourth.

Gustavo Ayon and Sergio Rodriguez were outstanding for the reigning Liga Endesa champions, posting 21 points and 17 points, respectively, in the win.

Elsewhere in the league, UCAM Murcia defeated bottom side Gipuzkoa 78-64 at home, Joventut Badalona were 89-83 winners over struggling Sevilla, Zaragoza dented Tenerife’s outside hopes of a Playoff place with a 78-65 win and Rio Monbus finally got back to winning ways with an 81-68 success away to Manresa.