Gara 3 a Milano sull’1-1: Oltre 12.000 spettatori riempiranno il Mediolanum Forum per l’Olimpia

The final series moves to Milan for Game 3 and 4, at 1-1. In fact, a best-of-seven series has been reduced to a best-of-five series, with the advantage of the field moving towards Olimpia, capable of conquering Bologna in Race 1, interrupting a series of 16 consecutive victories for Virtus. in the playoffs. So far, as Coach Ettore Messina said after the second game, “the rebounds have been the key element of the two games. It is not a surprise because both teams are very wrong in shooting and having a few extra opportunities guarantees an advantage. ” In the first game, Olimpia had won a rebound 49-41, in the second Bologna prevailed 49-36, reversing the situation, perhaps aided by Kyle Hines’ time, reduced to 15 minutes compared to 29 in Race 1 due to two fouls committed in the first three minutes of the game but they added an excellent Paul Biligha well to the series. The singles so far have all been discontinuous on both fronts. In Olimpia, the most consistent were Shavon Shields (16.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game) and Gigi Datome (12.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game), the latter more dangerous from three in Game 1, more effective with the fade- away from average in Game 2. Devon Hall is shooting badly from the field, but with his attacking aggression he has gone 12 times overall to the line scoring 11.0 points per game. It is clear that rebounds, defensive hold on the opponent’s reference points, better percentages will be the keys not only for Race 3 and for both teams. Olimpia will play in a full-capacity Mediolanum Forum with a full house for the first time since November 1, 2019 when 12,222 spectators witnessed the success against Barcelona in the EuroLeague. That year there were two more competitions over the 10,000 present, then began the two-year period made up of closed doors or reduced capacities.

NOTE – Game 3 will be played on Sunday 12 June at 20:30 at the Mediolanum Forum. Game 4 at the same time and in the same place will be played on Tuesday 14 June. Tickets sold out for both matches.

THE MATCH REFEREES 3 – Saverio Lanzarini, Manuel Attard, Manuel Mazzoni.

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.
GAME NOTES – With seven assists in Game 2, Sergio Rodriguez now has 362 in his career with Olimpia, fourth ever. In Race 2 Pippo Ricci’s personal winning streak in the playoffs ended at 17.

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