Barcelona Defeats Gran Canaria 88-60, Advances to SuperCopa Final

Barcelona made 14-of-30 three-pointers to bury Gran Canaria

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Justin Doellman scored 14 points in 24 minutes to lead Barcelona to an 88-60 victory over Gran Canaria at the SuperCopa Endesa semifinals.

Barca will face Unicaja Málaga in the final on Saturday (19:00 CET).

After taking a 41-32 lead into haftime, Barcelona put the game out of reach in the third quarter, outscoring Gran Canaria 30-15. Barca hit 5-of-8 three-pointers in the period.

New Barcelona big man Shane Lawal looked solid in his first ACB game. His first block of the season came early, as he flew in from the weak side to spike a Eulis Baez shot off the glass.

With his speed and athleticism, Lawal is able to help aggressively on pick-and-rolls and recover back to the paint. He’s a major upgrade over Tibor Pleiss on the defensive end and he gives Barcelona much more versatility in their center rotation.

For Gran Canaria, rookie point guard Kevin Pangos had an up-and-down debut.

He showed his shooting ability, hitting a couple catch-and-shoot threes and knocking down a mid-range jumper off the dribble. He looked very comfortable running the pick-and-roll, probing the lane and collapsing the defense before kicking out to open shooters or feeding screeners as they rolled to the paint.

He also struggled with the size and speed of Barcelona’s wings.

Twice in the second quarter Pangos attacked the rim only to have his shot swatted by Alex Abrines, and he turned the ball over in the third quarter after picking up his dribble in the paint with nowhere to go.

In the fourth quarter, he airballed a floater over the out-stretched arm of Tomas Satoransky.

Despite the mixed results, Pangos’ talent is undeniable. He finished with 13 points and six assists, and he should form an excellent point-guard tandem with veteran Albert Oliver, who picked up right where he left off last season.

Barcelona and Gran Canaria will face each other again in Week 16 of the regular season (Jan. 17).

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Austin Green runs from Sevilla, Spain with the occasional help of his friends and colleagues.


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