Milan-Bologna, match 4 report cards: sensational Shields and Hall, Virtus turned off in the fourth period

Another excellent performance of Olimpia Milano. After the victory in game 4, Olimpia have 3 match points and have the opportunity to close the series already in Bologna on Thursday evening.


Sergio Rodriguez: 6.5, so much effort for the Chacho that he had excited and missed the Forum in race 3, but tonight it doesn’t shine like 48 hours ago. However important for Olimpia with his experience in the final and with the 2 steals.

Shavon Shields: 7.5, the factor decides the game. First the triple of 61-57, then a stolen ball from Teodosic and two more points on the break. It is his signature on the most important sequence of the match in which Olimpia returns to the double-digit advantage. Complete match made up of 21 points, 8/15 shooting with 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 5 steals.

Kyle Hines: 6.5, he too, like Rodriguez, comes out to the thunderous applause of the Forum when 2 ‘from the final siren Ettore Messina decides to remove the starting quintet. 8 points and 2 rebounds, but the former CSKA game goes beyond the statistics. Unmatched physicality and energy.

Luigi Datome: 6, a subdued game for Gigi who perhaps suffers from the constant changes of the Bologna quintet. In fact, only 9 minutes for the Milanese wing.

Nicolò Melli: 6.5, struggled in painted differently from race 3, when he finished as MVP. This evening does not make it like two days, but an unreserved fight.

Jerian Grant: 7, the triple that scores for +11 (45-34) at the beginning of the second half is one of the photos of the match. Another excellent Jerian, always ready when called upon is the Forum recognizes him when he gives way to the Chacho with 6 ‘from the end.

Devon Hall: 7.5, a different contribution from the bench for the Milan point guard. He cancels the bad offensive performance of Game 3 and makes all the difference, especially in the fourth period, to bring Olimpia to 3-1. He is the MVP along with Shields.

Ben Bentil: 6more incisive on a defensive level than the other half of the field in his 17 minutes of game 4.

Paul Biligha: sv.

Davide Alviti: sv.

Giampaolo Ricci: sv.

Tommaso Baldasso: sv.

Coach Ettore Messina: 7, it is the aggressive defense, physical and always with hands ready to retrieve balls (14) that makes the huge difference that marks the game. Milan shortens the rotations, but finds the victory in the best way, with great support from the public.


Daniel Hackett: 5, nervous game by the ex who never gets into rhythm. All the opposite of race 3.

Marco Belinelli: 5, out of rhythm. Beli starts in the beginning, plays 17 minutes but never finds a way to enter the match, also due to not excellent physical shape.

Kyle Weems: 5, the Virtus winger continues to struggle to enter the series. Game 4 is also a game to leave behind.

Tornike Shengelia: 5.5first three quarters as the main threat to the opposing defense (19 points) then in the fourth period the nervous prevails and gives in to the tension of the match.

Mouhammadou Jaiteh: 6a thorn in Olimpia’s side because under the basket the center of Bologna puts the Milan longs in great difficulty in the first 25 minutes: 12 points and 8 rebounds.

Milos Theodosic: 5nervousness on the pitch also prevails for the Serbian, perhaps the result of the 4 turnovers in 19 minutes.

Alessandro Pajola: 5, at the start of the third quarter he already has more minutes than he played in the first half. The energy of Virtus when it is on the field is so different that from the double figure of disadvantage, the Virtus returns to -3 in the middle of the third fraction.

Jakarr Sampson 5: 3/5 from below with 4 rebounds helping the Black Vs for the first three quarters, then goes out like the rest of the team.

Isaiah Cordinier: 4.5, enters and exits the game immediately in the first quarter with 3 fouls. Another match approached in the worst way for the French winger who lights up only in the second quarter with a big dunk.

Niccolò Mannion: sv

Amar Alibegovic: sv

Amedeo Tessitori: sv

Coach Sergio Scariolo: 5, his Virtus suffers from the chorus of Milan in the most important moments of the match, as in the first match of the Finals at the Forum two days ago. Like Milan, the former Raptors assistant also shortens the rotations a lot, especially after the blaze that allows Virtus to equalize the score in the third quarter, but the attempt is not successful.

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