Si torna a Bologna per gara 5, l’Olimpia chiede alla difesa un’impresa anche in trasferta

Back to travel, back to Bologna for Race 5 against a team that in the league has won 19 consecutive games on their field and is 20-1 overall. These are ruthless numbers, but it is true that the only defeat was signed by Olimpia and just last week, in Race 1. It is an “Elimination Game” for Bologna, which in recent times has not played any; is a “Close-Out Game” for Olimpia who in the last two years have won all four when they played them, two this year, all away, but obviously no one has ever been so complicated for the value of the game. opponent, his experience, the home factor. In Race 4 for the first time the team that won the most rebounds did not win, but Olimpia overturned the game with 14 steals, transformed into the possibility of scoring in transition (10 points on the counterattack than in a match below 80 points are a lot) and raise the distance shot percentages even in a day that is not flawless in the three-point shot (5/15). In the fourth period, Bologna scored just seven points (10 in the second quarter in which Olimpia had gone from minus eight to plus six), shooting seven times and also conceding two blocks (Kyle Hines made seven blocks in four final matches , five in the two played in Milan). Defense has been the dominant trait of Olimpia throughout the season and is the one on which he built at least two of the three victories he won in this final series of the season. To get the last win, you’ll need the same kind of performance, as Shavon Shields remarked at the end of the game. If in Race 3 the great protagonist of Virtus was Daniel Hackett, in Race 4 it was again Tornike Shengelia (16.0 points per game in the series). However, Olimpia managed to stem its power and versatility in the most important moment of the race. Bologna will obviously produce its best effort in Race 5. Another novelty, apart from the presence of Marco Belinelli in the quintet for the first time in the Virtus (Olimpia, on the other hand, has always used the same set-up at the start), was for both the teams the reduction in rotation, typical of these games. Coach Messina rotated seven men plus Gigi Datome, in the first “off” game of these playoffs, even if he later got a winning tap-in from Biligha and a stolen ball from Baldasso. Little things that matter. Bologna distributed the time to nine men, but Shengelia was used for 30 minutes. For everyone it will be the fifth race in nine days, so fatigue will also have its weight.

NOTE – Game 5 will be played on Thursday 16 June at 8.45 pm at the Segafredo Arena in Bologna, live on Rai Sport, Eurosport 2, Discovery +.

THE MATCH REFEREES 5 – Manuel Mazzoni, Saverio Lanzarini, Guido Giovannetti.

RACE 1: VIRTUS-OLIMPIA 62-66 – Low score especially at the beginning when Olimpia scored 11 points in five minutes and two in the second five minutes of the first period while remaining in the lead. The most effective was Kyle Hines in converting Sergio Rodriguez’s assists (seven at the end). Shavon Shields scored all of his 18 points in the middle quarters. In the third he led Olimpia’s escape which, with the complicity of Datome and Rodriguez, reached a 13 advantage, 10 (50-40) at the end of the period. In the fourth quarter, Virtus attempted a comeback and returned to minus two. At that moment, Bentil set two free throws and Datome signed the points of the new extension, then protected by the two free throws centered by Hall.
RACE 2: VIRTUS-OLIMPIA 75-68 – Another defensive battle with some ups and downs. Olimpia controls the first quarter, escaping even more than nine at 13-4, but with fouls problems for both longs of the quintet, Kyle Hines and Ben Bentil. With the rotation upset, she went to the interval in a draw by responding to the first advantage of Virtus signed by eight consecutive points by Marco Belinelli. In the second half, it dropped to minus seven, returning to minus one at the end of the third period. In the fourth quarter, Virtus gradually took control of the game.

RACE 3: OLYMPIA-VIRTUS 94-82 – The game is in total countertrend with the first two, attacks in evidence from the beginning with Olimpia jumping forward 19-10 and then scoring 31 points in the initial period but despite this has only four points of advantage that Virtus cancels In the second. Olimpia tries to stretch again in the second half of the third period and here the advantage no longer falls below five points and reaches 12. Milan wins the rebound duel, but not by much, scores 11 triples and has a lot from Melli ( 22 in 20 minutes despite the three fouls committed in the first half), Shields (19 of which 14 in the first) and Grant who produces 14 points in 17 minutes.

RACE 4: OLYMPIA-VIRTUS 77-62 – Three-quarter tug-of-war competition. Virtus with the first changes escapes to plus eight at the end of the first period. Olimpia puts it in the limelight, keeping it at 10 points in the second quarter in which Jerian Grant is decisive (11 points at the end). In the third, starting 5-0, Milan tries to get their hands on the game, but riding Shengelia’s in-out game (21 at the end), Virtus pulls together. At the beginning of the fourth, Bologna goes on with Shengelia, then Olimpia responds with an extraordinary defense that produces the 18-0 which is worth the victory. Bologna scores seven points in the fourth period with just seven shots from the field. Shields finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five steals of the team’s 14 overall. Devon Hall adds 14 points.

GAME NOTES – With five assists in Game 4, Sergio Rodriguez now has 375 in his career with Olimpia, fourth ever. For the record, Mike D’Antoni is first with 1.138. Nicolò Melli’s 22 points in Race 3 are his career high in the playoffs, the second round of the season after the 27 scored in Trento in the regular season and the third overall (he had scored 24 points against Roma in the 2013/14 season). Shavon Shields set the season record in Game 4 points with 21 and equalized the career steals record with five. Season record also the 14 steals of Olimpia’s team. Olimpia in the previous finals played against Virtus had never won on their own field. In 1984 the only victory in the 2-1 defeat was won in Bologna in the famous comeback match that took place after the expulsion of Dino Meneghin due to protests.

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