Basketball, Serie A: Milan continues to run. Virtus anxious for Theodosic

Basket, Milan-Tortona (photo Ciamillo)

Bologna, 9 January 2022 – On his 86th birthday, theArmani AX Milano has been able to give continuity to the precious success obtained a few days ago against Virtus and obtained the thirteenth victory in Serie A basketball championship bending not without effort 72-60 the freshman Bertram Tortona: shock start of the red and white who closed the first quarter at -15 with only 4 points scored and 2/15 shooting (4-19). Behind the thrust of a gladiator Ben Bentil (18 points and 13 rebounds) and di Jerian GrantHowever, Olimpia soon reversed the course by responding with a 28-12 for +1 at the long interval (32-31). Tortona, however, did not let herself be intimidated and withstood the impact, remaining in the wake until the fourth final, when however she landed the final push with the last fireworks of Bentil and Grant. Behind the Olimpia he resumes his race there Virtus Segafredo Bologna who not without difficulty overcame Unahotels Reggio Emilia 90-81: after closing a difficult first half at -7 (49-42), the Bolognese changed pace starting from the defense (only 32 points allowed in the second half) and, thanks to uppercase evidence of Amar Alibegovic (19 points) e Milos Teodosic (18 points and 9 assists), he took home two valuable points. To partially ruin the Juventus party, however, it was the knee injury suffered in the final seconds to Teodosic, carried off the arm by his teammates.

Heavy victories for Cremona and Fortitudo

The heavy victories for Vanoli Cremona and Fortitudo Kigili Bologna: Cremona in the midday lunch match defeated Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari 89-80. Monstrous among the Lombards the performance of Andrea Pecchia who finished with 28 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals for a total of 48. Vanoli gave the turning point to her race in the central phase of the match when she went from -11 to +10 and then in the final she rejected all the attacks thanks to the unleashed Pecchia. Lagging behind therefore remains the Openjobmetis Varese who lost 101-94 in the battle of salvation at the home of Fortitudo Kigili Bologna of an overflowing Robin Benzing (29 points). The biancoblu have long remained in the lead, also touching +11, but Varese, even with the rotations reduced to the bone, remained clinging to the match thanks to Alessandro Gentile (28 points), Anthony Beane (25) and Paulius Sorokas (17 ). Just a triple by the American led to the last advantage of Varese with a few minutes left, but a basket by the newly arrived Banden Frazier (13 points) and a sensational triple by Benzing brought the Fortitudo back forward, which then got the better of the finish line.

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