Vesely added another milestone
Like so often in his illustrious career, towering center Jan Vesely put team success above personal gain as FC Barcelona ground out a 72-70 home win over FC Bayern Munich to go 15-8 and boost its hopes of finishing in the top four at the end of the regular season.
Vesely being left on the bench was the only surprise in the starting fives of either team, yet the soft-spoken Czech emerged through a selfless display which also earned him an individual accomplishment he can be proud of. Having racked up 10 points and 9 rebounds to go fourth on the EuroLeague’s PIR all-time list, surpassing former Lithuanian great Paulius Jankunas, Vesely stayed as humble as ever when asked how he felt about hitting such giddy heights.
"It’s a good accomplishment, but I like to play team basketball more. My teammates have helped me reach this down the years but let’s go, we have to continue,” Vesely said in an interview after the game.
His performance takes nothing away from that of Sanli, who carried Barcelona early on and vindicated his selection in the starting five.
Mirotic was his usual composed self as he hit three-pointers when it mattered, notably a late one off the glass that gave Barcelona a 70-65 lead.
Bayern’s backup point guard Ognjen Jaramaz so nearly stole the show as he netted his team’s last 5 points to tie the score at 70-70 before Cory Higgins nailed what turned out to be the game-winning shot with 22.3 seconds left on the clock.
Jaramaz then failed with a three-pointer on the buzzer which would have given Bayern the win had it gone in, and the dynamic playmaker could not hide his disappointment.
"I feel bad because we lost, obviously, I had the last shot for the win and I missed," Jaramaz said after the game. "I feel really bad because of it, especially because of the game against Valencia where we had some good minutes but we were not consistent. If the little things had been different maybe we could have won that one and today – if we connect those two games – we could have been 2-0 this week instead of 0-2," he added, referring to Bayern’s 73-82 setback at Valencia on Tuesday. "It has left a bad taste but we have to move on."
7DAYS Magic Moment: Vesely's big block!
FC Bayern Munich - ALBA Berlin | Round 29 | Highlights
FC Barcelona - Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade | Round 29 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Satoransky stops Campazzo!
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - FC Barcelona | Round 28 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Higgins springs Kalinic for fastbreak dunk!
Olympiacos Piraeus - FC Bayern Munich | Round 28 | Highlights
FC Bayern Munich - LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne | Round 27 | Highlights
Olympiacos - FC Barcelona | Round 27 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: McKissic on the halftime buzzer!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sloukas with the go-ahead drive!
Top 10 Plays | Round 26 | 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague
FC Barcelona - Zalgiris Kaunas | Round 26 | Highlights
FC Bayern Munich - Crvena Zvezda Meridianbet Belgrade | Round 26 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Lucic beats the buzzer!
FC Barcelona - AS Moanco | Round 25 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Jokubaitis's off-balance flicker
Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv - FC Bayern Munich | Round 25 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Obst beats the buzzer!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Gillespie denies Brown
Round 24 | 2022-23 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague | Thursday review
Virtus Segafredo Bologna - FC Barcelona | Round 24 | Highlights
FC Bayern Munich - Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade | Round 24 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment of the Night: Wimberg beats the buzzer!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Wimberg beats the buzzer!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Gillespie stops LeDay!
Virtus aims to sweep Barca on Thursday
FC Barcelona - FC Bayern Munich | Round 23 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Satoransky dunks!
7DAYS Magic Moment: Niklas Wimberg dunks!
Valencia Basket - FC Bayern Munich | Round 22 | Highlights
FC Barcelona - Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv | Round 22 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Jan Vesely posterizes Jarell Martin!
FC Bayern Munich - Virtus Segafredo Bologna | Round 21 | Highlights
Real Madrid - FC Barcelona | Round 21 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Sanli stops Tavares!
Anadolu Efes Istanbul - FC Bayern Munich | Round 20 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Giffey's sweet pass to Gillespie
Re-live Shane Larkin's EuroLeague-record 49 points vs. Bayern
Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - FC Barcelona | Round 20 | Highlights
What's in my EuroLeague Kitbag? Nicolas Laprovittola, FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona - Anadolu Efes Istanbul | Round 19 | Highlights
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul - FC Bayern Munich | Round 19 | Highlights
What's in my EuroLeague Kitbag? Augustine Rubit, FC Bayern Munich
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - FC Barcelona | Round 18 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Mirotic beats the buzzer!
FC Bayern Munich - Cazoo Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz | Round 18 | Highlights
FC Bayern Munich - Panathinaikos Athens | Round 17 | Highlights
FC Barcelona - Virtus Segafredo Bologna | Round 17 | Highlights
7DAYS Magic Moment: Hunter denies Ponitka!