The most efficient in the ranks of Zvezda were Luka Mitrović and Nikola Kalinić with 15 points each, Nate Walters added 11, while Dejan Davidovac and Stefan Marković scored eight points each.
Nigel Hayes was the best in the winning team with 14 points, Rolands Schmidts and Centrach Chanley scored three less, while Nikola Mirotic finished the game with ten points.
Barcelona started the match better, so in the middle of the first half, after two tied three-pointers, they reached the first double-digit advantage (16: 5), and on the first break they had a plus seven on their account (20:13).
However, at the beginning of the second quarter, the red and whites returned to the game with a good defense and used the “empty minutes” of Barcelona, which scored the first points in that part of the game after more than four minutes from the free throw line.
Led by Mitrovic, Zvezda first equalized at 20:20, and after the first three in the match, which was achieved by Walters, they took the lead for the first time at 23:22. Until the halftime, the basket was practically played and the guests went to the big break with an advantage of 34:31.
Thanks to a good shot for three points at the end of the third section, Barcelona had a 12-point advantage (61:49), but Dejan Radonjić’s team did not give up.
Three and a half minutes before the end, after Kalinic’s point, the Red and Whites were four points behind (67:63), and after Stefan Markovic’s triple, at the entrance to the last two minutes of the match, and minus three (71:68), but they also failed to reverse the result.
The Red Star basketball players will meet Bayern Munich in the next round, on Friday, while Barcelona will play against Panathinaikos.
The best tennis player in the world, Novak Djokovic, also watched the match in the “Aleksandar Nikolic” hall.