Cory Higgins Barcelona
Photo: EuroLeague Basketball

Barcelona played very well on both ends and cruised to an easy victory over Anadolu Efes in the opening round of the EuroLeague (64-74).

The Catalans were in control from the opening tip and closed the first half in front by 11 (26-37).

The Turks turned things around in the third quarter (46-49), thanks to a 20-12 run, yet the “Blaugrana” brought their lead back to double digits and sealed the deal (61-74).

Nikola Mirotic led the winners with a game-high 24 points, while Malcolm Delaney (11 points, seven assists) and Brandon Davies (10 points) also scored in double figures for Barcelona.

On the other hand, Alec Peters had a team-high 16 points for the losing squad, with Vasilije Micic and Tibor Pleiss adding 14 and 13 points, respectively.