Milan vice also game 3 with Venice and closes the semifinal question. A success that allows Ettore Messina’s team to reach the championship final where they will meet Virtus Bologna who, in the other semifinal, got rid of Brindisi in just three games. Key to Olimpia’s success are the extraordinary performances of the five men who finish in double figures of points led by 19 from Punter, 17 from Hines and 16 each from Leday and Shields. Venice comes out with its head held high, but Daye’s 22 and Watt’s 19 are not enough. 83-93 the final.
Venezia part with Stone in the role of play, Tonut e Chappell external, Mazzola and Watt as long. Milano reply with Delaney in directing, Shields as a shooting guard, Datome in the small forward, LeDay e Hines in an “agile” front-line. In the rotation of foreigners Olimpia leaves out Micov, Roll e Shieldewski, while for the Italian players out Brooks. In Reyer confirmed the absences of Bramos e Campogrande.
Venice starts strong 6-2 pushed by Watt’s baskets, but four points in a row by Shields are worth the Olimpia draw. The Umana takes off with a 7-0 break again signed by Watt and Chappell (13-6) in the 4 ‘. Milan still relies on Shields who places the bomb of -4. Tonut lights up and on the opposite side Punter, 17-15 at 7 ‘, The fraction ends with the basket on Punter’s sireba at 21-21.
It opens with a triple from Chappell, replicated by the points of an excellent Biligha. The challenge is played on the edge of balance, Venice ahead 30-27 at 15 ‘thanks above all to a sumptuous Watt. Olimpia is unable to contain Watt’s offensive plays. Moraschini signs the points of 35-35 in the 18 ‘, while the game has moments of tension with a technical foul whistled on the lagoon bench and for the Milanese against Malcolm Delaney. In the last two possessions, Punter places the triple of +3, equalized immediately after by Jerrells with whom the first half ends 38-38.
We return to the field with the same starting quintets. The first points are signed by Shields, Venice struggles to find the way to the basket, as well as Milan. De Raffaele raises his quintet with Vidmar, Watt and Daye from three, but Punter pierces the lagoon defense for the triple of 39-45 and shortly after Hines puts the points of the maximum host advantage, 41-49 in the 26 ‘forcing the Umana at timeout. Jerrells unlocks the hosts on action with a triple from his home, but Punter is no different. Rodriguez from the middle distance also puts the +10 Olimpia. Reyer takes oxygen from Mazzola’s triple, but Chacho is relentless and puts two more points on the glass. Daye scores four points in a row of pure talent for the -6 lagoon, but Rodriguez counters with as many points for the 52-62 at the end of the third quarter.
Shields immediately puts a front triple that is worth +13, to which Chappell responds. Messina’s team stretches decisively on +14 thanks to LeDay’s free throws. The game actually ends with two consecutive baskets by Leday, for Umana the last to surrender is Austin Daye with a whole series of incredible baskets up to -6 by the Venetians, but not enough to avoid defeat. He wins Milan and flies to the Scudetto final where he will find Virtus Bologna. 83-93 the final.