The black Vu, led by Teodosic’s 19, immediately overturn the home factor by winning the first act of the series 83-77. Milan collapses until -18, then recovers but it is not enough
The first act of the Italian basketball championship final goes to Virtus Bologna, who beats Olimpia Milano 83-77 away and immediately overturns the field factor of the series. Led by a 19-point Teodosic, the black Vu fly up to +18, resist the Armani comeback (up to -2 thanks to LeDay and Rodriguez’s 16) and cheer at the siren. In the match between the former NBA blues, 9 for Belinelli and 15 for Datome. Race 2 Monday.
Were it not for a moment of fogging around the middle of the last period, Virtus Segafredo Bologna could say they played the perfect match. Yet not even that empty passage is able to change the fate of a match that the black Vu win with full merit, making the most of the talent of Milos Teodosic, but also the precision of Kyle Weems, the determination of Marco Belinelli, the presence on both sides of the field of Awudu Abass, Stefan Markovic and Amar Alibegovic. All decisive ingredients of a recipe that forces Milan to chase almost immediately, and to arrive at the long interval with 9 points of disadvantage (48-39), also because the Red Shoes fail to engage in the offensive half. The most complicated moment for the hosts is between the third period and the beginning of the fourth: Teodosic, who will close at 19 points, is unstoppable, his teammates help him as best they can (Weems, with his 15 points, most of all in attack) and at 64-46 the game seems to be practically over.
However, Olimpia manages to make a square and stay on the waterline, and with a partial of 24-8, illuminated by ‘Chacho’ Rodriguez and Zach LeDay, both authors of 16 points overall, they reach 70-72. At that point, however, the experience of Marco Belinelli emerges, who despite losing the challenge with the other blue former NBA, Gigi Datome (15 for the latter) gives important plays for the final counterpart of 11-7, which allows Virtus to close easily 83-77 and, above all, to immediately overturn the field factor of the series. Race-2 scheduled for Monday is already fundamental: the series could take a decisive turn in forty-eight hours, Milan is already with its back to the wall.