Show of strength of Olimpia
At the Allianz Dome, Milan crushes the hosts despite the absences of Micov and Punter. Aix Armani takes over the reins of the match from the very first stages of the match with a wild Datome in the first quarter. Its the 7 stitches in a row that create the groove (12-26). Before the break, Milan scores another set, this time 10-0, and tries to close the game by flying to 18-39. Trieste, however, is not dead. The hosts raise the wall in defense and the Milanese no longer go to the basket. Fernandez and Laquintana drop a 15-2 break and reopen the challenge: we go to rest with Trieste just 9 points down (36-45). When he returns to the field, however, it’s another Milan. Brooks and Shileds sign +17, a gap that stretches before the end of the third period with the guests reaching +24. The last quarter is pure academy, a long garbage time that gives Olimpia the solitary top of the standings.
External victories for Sassari and Brindisi
After last Sunday’s defeat at home against Trieste, Dinamo Sassari overwhelms Virtus Roma 95-85 with the result that does not tell the true gap between the two teams. The Sardinian team archives the Capitoline practice already in the first half, a +21 (23-44) which forces the hosts to raise the white flag prematurely. Upon returning from the locker rooms it rains in the wet at Virtus with Gerald Robinson’s injury. In the final, Sassari controls the return of Rome by responding blow for blow to every comeback attempt. External success also for Brindisi who conquers Reggio Emila 80-76 at the end of a very tight match played point to point. The Happy Casa manages to take off in the third quarter with Thompson signing the first double-digit lead and then closing the fourth at 62-54. Reggio reacts in the last 10 ‘, but Brindisi is good at managing the advantage by responding with Thompson and Harrison until the final +4.
Tracollo Venezia, first joy for Brescia
An amazing Filipovity, author of 23 points, drags Pesaro to the PalaTaliercio in Venice where Reyer inexplicably collapses 72-90. The VL packs the victory in the second half with the Hungarian and with Massenat (22 points) when to the sound of triple stretches on the hosts closing the third set on +9 (55-64). In the last quarter the guests touch the double-digit advantage and keep it until the end reaching the maximum advantage of +20. First success of the season, however, for Brescia who wins at the PalaVerde in Treviso 94-87. The game was starting again badly for the Lioness who, after having been in the lead for a long time, risked getting back in the final. De Longhi, in fact, managed to mend a tear of 14 lengths thanks to Logan, Carroll and Akele, but failed in the decisive moment of the match with Brescia, good at keeping the hosts at a safe distance.
Bitter derby for Varese
A bitter derby for Varese that sees via Milan run away. Cantù goes to Enerxenia Arena 80-90 even without Jaime Smith. The canturino point guard in the afternoon tested positive for coronavirus along with 4 other staff members. The Acqua San Bernardo takes a while to recover from the news and Varese takes advantage of it by closing the first quarter ahead of 6 (29-23). The guests, however, are not there, they react and on 16 ‘they take the lead for the first time (34-35). At the long interval it is perfect parity: 44-44. The second half is a continuous battle with the teams alternating in command, then Thomas takes the chair (21 points) and Cantù takes off (+9 at 37 ‘, 71-80). The attempt to re-enter the OpenJobMetis was useless, Cantù replied continuously and rose to 4 points in the standings.
ALLIANZ TRIESTE-AIX ARMANI MILAN 65-87
(12-26, 36-45, 45-69)
ALLIANZ TRIESTE: Coronica, Mussini 2, Upson 11, Fernandez 9, Arnaldo, Laquintana 5, Da Ros, Grazulis 8, Doyle 17, Alviti 13. Coach: Dalmasson.
AIX ARMANI MILANO: Leday 18, Moretti 5, Moraschini 8, Roll 5, Rodriguez 3, Tarczewski 6, Biligha, Cinciarini 6, Shields 13, Brooks 5, Hines 5, Datome 13. Coach: Messina.
REFEREES: Martolini-Di Francesco-Noce.
NOTES: Free throws: Trieste 7/8, Milan 8/13. Released for five fouls: none.
VIRTUS ROMA-BANCO DI SARDEGNA 72-92
(10-21, 23-44, 44-62)
VIRTUS ROME: Hadzic 2, Biordi ne, Beane ne, Campogrande 9, Baldasso 29, Cervi 10, Telesca ne, Hunt 2, Robinson 3, Farley 2, Wilson 15. Coach: Bucchi.
BANCO DI SARDEGNA: Spissu 19, Bilan 15, Treier 15, Pusica 14, Kruslin 9, Devecchi ne, Re, Burnell 5, Bendzius 8, Gandini 4, Gentile 3, Tillman ne. Coach: Pozzecco.
NOTES: Free throws: Rome 12/21, Sassari 15/20. Released for five fouls: none.
DE ‘LONGHI TREVISO-GERMANI BRESCIA 87-94
(26-31, 40-54, 64-70)
DE ‘LONGHI TREVISO: Russell 16, Logan 30, Cheese 2, Vildera 2, Bartoli ne, Imbrò 6, Piccin ne, Chillo, Mekowulu 9, Carroll 11, Akele 11. Coach: Menetti.
GERMANI BRESCIA: Cline 20, Vitali, Parrillo, Chery 11, Bortolani, Ristic 14, Crawford 8, Burns 12, Kalinoski 5, Moss 11, Sacchetti 13, Ancellotti. Coach: Esposito.
NOTES: Free throws: Treviso 16/21, Brescia 9/11.
HUMAN VENICE-CARPEGNA PESARO 72-90
(23-19, 38-41, 55-64)
UMANA VENEZIA: Casarin 4, Stone, Bramos 3, Tonut 17, Daye 8, De Nicolao 8, Chappell 5, Mazzola, D’Ercole ne, Cerella 2, Fotu 11, Watt 14. Coach: De Raffaele.
CARPEGNA PROSCIUTTO PESARO: Drell 5, Massenat 22, Filloy 11, Calbini, Cain 11, Robinson 9, Tambone 6, Basso ne, Serpilli ne, Filipovity 23, Zanotti 3, Delfino ne. Coach: Repesa.
NOTES: Free throws: Venice 11/14, Pesaro 13/16. Released for five fouls: none.
UNAHOTELS REGGIO EMILIA-HAPPY CASA BRINDISI 76-80
(21-22, 36-37, 54-62)
UNAHOTELS REGGIO EMILIA: Bostic 16, Candi 13, Baldi Rossi 3, Taylor 14, Giannini ne, Elegar 7, Johnson 6, Bonacini ne, Diouf, Blums 3, Kyzlink 14, Porfilio ne. Coach: Martino.
HAPPY CASA BRINDISI: Krubally 6, Zanelli 2, Harrison 16, Visconti, Gaspardo 9, Thompson 19, Cattapan ne, Guido ne, Udom, Bell 13, Perkins 5, Willis 10. Coach: Vitucci.
NOTES: Free throws: Reggio Emilia 16/18, Brindisi 20/25. Out for five fouls: Willis.
(29-23, 44-44, 64-58)
OPENJOBMETIS VARESE: Morse 2, Scola 29, De Nicolao, Jakovics 11, Ruzzier 4, Andersson, Strautins 8, De Vico, Douglas 21, Ferrero 5. Coach: Bulleri.
ACQUA SAN BERNARDO CANTÙ: Thomas 21, Kennedy 2, Woodard 15, Procida 5, Leunen 6, La Torre 11, Johnson 12, Bayehe 9, Baparape ‘, Pecchia 9. Coach: Pancotto.
NOTES: Free throws: Varese 22/25, Cantu ’26/32. Out for five fouls: Bayehe.