18-year-old James Nnaji returns to action for Barcelona against Manresa
Barcelona recorded a 93-72 victory against Manresa in a Spanish ACB fixture played on Sunday, March 12, 2023.
Barcelona came into the game against Manresa in poor form following three straight losses.
It all started with a shock loss to Basket Zaragoza in a league fixture played last weekend.
The Catalan side then suffered back-to-back losses on the continent in midweek to Olympiacos and Fenerbache.
Barcelona demolish Manresa
Following their disappointment in the Euro League, Barcelona put on a clinical performance against Manresa.
It was a 32-point explosion for Barcelona to take a 14-point lead at the end of the first quarter.
Led by Tomáš Satoranský, Barcelona continued to dominate and extended their lead to 27 points at the halftime break.
Both sides had their offense following in the third quarter as the lead extended to 28 points.
Barcelona Head coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius took off the starters as the second unit played out the fourth quarter.
The Catalan side will hold on for a 21-point victory and return to winning ways in front of their home fans.
James Nnaji returns for Barcelona
Nigerian basketball youngster James Nnaji made his return to the Barcelona setup in the victory against Manresa.
Nnaji missed Barcelona's last two games in the Euro League against Olympiacos and Fenerbache.
The 18-year-old in the game against Manresa featured in garbage time as Barcelona coasted to victory.
In 12 minutes of action, Nnaji missed his two shots, committed two fouls, grabbed one rebound, had one block, and made one of two from the free-throw line.
Nnaji will now aim to get more minutes when Barcelona returns to action against Serbian giants Crvena Zvezda in an Euro League encounter scheduled for Friday, March 17, 2023.
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