Euroleague, Stoic Olympia, Barcelona surrendered at home in Milan

Sergio Rodriguez (LaPresse)

Barcelona (Spain), 11 January 2021 – An undertaking in the sense of the term is the one accomplished byAx Armani Milano that, after almost a month of stop in Europe, conquers the Palau Blaugrana for 73-75 inflicting their first home defeat in the Euroleague season on the leaders Barcelona, ​​which reached the twentieth day of the regular season. Olimpia conquers two fundamental points to stay in the top areas of the rankings thanks to fifth place and at the same time feel the pressure on Zenit St. Petersburg, which precedes them in the rankings with one more success. For Melli and associates it will be the only continental commitment this week due to the postponement of the home match against Unics Kazan due to the positive Covid-19 detected in the Russian ranks. There will thus be four races to recover for the red and white that in Catalan soil from a super Sergio Rodriguez protagonist with 18 points supported by the 15 members on the scoresheet by Malcom Delaney.

The race

Deprived of the Shields, Datome and Mitoglu, the guests manage to keep up with the hosts who are aggressive right from the duo with Mirotic and Kuric (8-5). Chacho Rodriguez feels the challenge, also given his career at Real Madrid, and places two triples that allow Milan to also find the advantage (8-10 at 7 ‘). The first fraction travels on the substantial balance (14-14) with Barcelona. Davies digs four points of distance between the two formations but the newly entered Bentil and Melli sign the counter-overtake (19-21). Armani manages to keep up with Jasikevicius’s roster which sinks to -7 (25-32) again with Bentil who sends the Lithuanian trainer of Barca into a rage who closes on 28-36 at the interval. Upon returning there is the predictable comeback with a 7-0 break that reopens the games. Milan will only be able to break free from the line with Hines without, however, finding other offensive solutions. And Barcelona takes advantage of it coming to touch the + 9 (47-38) with Kuric’s triple. Olimpia is recovering from the shot taken and returns to be felt at the start of the fourth fraction reducing the passive on the scoreboard to only three lengths. Delaney gets up from 6.75 meters and inflates his retina in favor of a Milan that manages to put the overtaking arrow back. The match ignites with neither team managing to inflict the decisive push. Mirotic replies to Delaney, Hall draws the + 5 (65-70) almost completely canceled by Kuric. To close the speeches in a heart-pounding finale will be captain Melli with the decisive free throw that is worth 73-75 which gives its people a success that was missing in this building since 1 February 2018.

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