Atletico, Barcelona, Sevilla power through in Copa

Watchmen Daily Journal - - SPORTS - As­so­ci­ated Press) (Clay Bai­ley, As­so­ci­ated Press) (Tales Az­zoni,

MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — Mike Con­ley scored 22 points, JaMy­chal Green had 19 points and 11 re­bounds, and the Mem­phis Grizzlies held the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers to a sea­son scor­ing low in a 96-86 vic­tory Wed­nes­day night (Thurs­day, PHL time).

Mem­phis held Los An­ge­les to 34 per­cent shoot­ing and forced 19 turnovers. Jaren Jack­son Jr. fin­ished with 13 points for Mem­phis, which pulled away in the fourth quar­ter.

Boban Mar­janovic led the Clip­pers with a sea­son-high 19 points and had eight re­bounds, while Danilo Gal­li­nari added 17 points. Shai Gil­geous-Alexan­der and Lou Wil­liams con­trib­uted 12 points apiece, with Wil­liams hit 2-of-8 shots.

The Clip­pers were within 7574 with just un­der nine min­utes left, but the Grizzlies rat­tled off eight straight points for an 83-74 lead.

Los An­ge­les strug­gled in the first half but snapped back early in the third quar­ter with 11 straight points to take its first lead at 53-51. The Clip­pers de­fense was much more ac­tive than in the first half. The game set­tled into an ex­change of leads and ties, in­clud­ing 69-all at the end of the third.

The Clip­pers en­dured ter­ri­ble first-half shoot­ing, con­vert­ing only 27 per­cent from the field, in­clud­ing 3-of-12 from out­side the arc. That al­lowed Mem­phis to lead by as many as 15 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Mar­janovic pro­vided a spark for Los An­ge­les, pre­vent­ing Mem­phis from stretch­ing its lead. Mar­janovic was per­fect in the first half, con­vert­ing all three of his shots from the floor and six free throws for 12 points.

Con­ley had 17 points, in­clud­ing a 33-footer at the end of the half for a 51-42 lead.

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MADRID — Atletico Madrid was so poor in the first half against fourth-divi­sion vis­i­tor Sant An­dreu that a shock Copa del Rey elim­i­na­tion wasn’t a far-fetched pos­si­bil­ity on Wed­nes­day.

But three goals in the open­ing 10 min­utes of the sec­ond pe­riod guided Atletico’s sec­ond-string team to a 4-0 vic­tory at Wanda Metropoli­tano Sta­dium.

Barcelona and Sevilla also beat lower divi­sion clubs, while Vil­lar­real recorded an 8-0 rout of sec­ond tier Alme­ria with four goals by Cameroon striker Karl Toko-Ekambi.

Thomas Le­mar scored for Atletico in the 48th minute, Nikola Kalinic in the 53rd, An­gel Cor­rea in the 55th and Vic­tor “Vi­tolo” Machin in the 81st to se­cure Diego Sime­one’s team a place in the last 16 fol­low­ing a 5-0 ag­gre­gate vic­tory.

“We strug­gled in the first half. We weren’t able to play with quick tran­si­tions,” said Sime­one after his 400th Atletico match. “Ev­ery­thing changed in the sec­ond half. After the first goal the team played more freely.”

Atletico was with­out Diego Costa be­cause of in­jury, while An­toine Griez­mann and sev­eral other reg­u­lar starters were rested by Sime­one, who was banned from the bench as he served the sec­ond of a three-game sus­pen­sion fol­low­ing a rant in a Copa match against Sevilla last sea­son.

Sub­sti­tute Le­mar went on at half­time and was key for Atletico, open­ing the scor­ing with a right-footed shot from out­side the area. Kalinic added a header and Cor­rea pro­duced a fine fin­ish with the out­side of his right foot. Vi­tolo’s goal from close range came after a pass by Saul Niguez.

BARCELONA BOOST

Barcelona ad­vanced ag­gre­gate after its cruised past third Cul­tural Leonesa 4-1 Nou Sta­dium.

De­nis Suarez scored a goal in each half while Mu­nir El Had­dadi and Mal­com were on tar­get be­fore half­time. Josep Sene net­ted in the sec­ond pe­riod for Cul­tural, the club owned by the Qatari state.

Barcelona mid­fielder Ri­card “Riqui” Puig, 19, set up one of Suarez’s goals on his de­but.

5-1 on re­serves divi­sion at Camp

OTHER RE­SULTS

Sevilla edged third divi­sion Vil­lanovense 1-0 to ad­vance fol­low­ing a 0-0 first-leg draw. An­dre Silva scored the win­ner early in the sec­ond half, con­vert­ing the re­bound after miss­ing a penalty.

(AP Photo/Bran­don Dill)

Mem­phis Grizzlies guard Mike Con­ley, left, con­trols the ball against Los An­ge­les Clip­pers guard Avery Bradley in the sec­ond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5, 2018, in Mem­phis, Tenn.

Manu Fer­nan­dez) (AP Photo/

FC Barcelona’s Mal­com cel­e­brates after scor­ing dur­ing a Span­ish Copa del Rey soc­cer match be­tween FC Barcelona and Cul­tural Leonesa at the Camp Nou sta­dium in Barcelona, Spain, Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 5, 2018.

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