Virtus resists Olimpia’s furious comeback and goes to Mediolanum Forum 77-83

Virtus resists Olimpia’s furious comeback and goes to Mediolanum Forum 77-83
Virtus resists Olimpia’s furious comeback and goes to Mediolanum Forum 77-83

Two-ball at 8.45pm for match-1 between AX Armani Exchange Milano and Segafredo Virtus Bologna. It is the 2020-2021 championship final.

Referees: Tolga Sahin, Carmelo Lo Guzzo, Guido Giovannetti.

Precedents in season: 3-0 Milan. 1-0 in the Super Cup, 2-0 in the LBA

Injury Report Milano: –

Injury Report power: out Weavers, Ricci in doubt

Background and history of the finals (source: legabasket.it)

The one that begins on Saturday 5 June is the nineteenth final reached for Olimpia Milano who have won nine for a total balance of 34 games won and 38 lost. For Milan it is the fourth final in the last 7 editions of the playoffs with 3 titles won (2014, 2016 and 2018) Milan reached the championship final without losing a match even in the 1984 and 1985 editions which ended with the defeat in the Final at the hands of Granarolo Bologna in 1984 and the victory of the Scudetto in 1985 by 2-0 against Scavolini Pesaro, thus completing a playoff without defeat.

Twelve finals reached by Virtus Bologna so far with 8 victories and 4 final series lost, the number of races is 23 won and 14 lost. Virtus Bologna is back at the end of the championship after 14 years, the last edition that saw them as protagonist in the Final was that of the 2006/07 season, lost to Montepaschi Siena 3-0. In the 2001 edition, Virtus closed the first two series without defeat, beating first Roseto and then Treviso by 3-0 just like in this edition. The final was against Fortitudo Bologna which failed to win even one match against the team coached by Ettore Messina, today an opponent of the black Vs.

Milan and Bologna have already faced each other in 7 playoff series: 2 finals (1979 and 1984), 3 semi-finals (1995, 19996 and 2007), 2 quarter-finals (1985 and 2015). Bologna won both finals played against Olimpia Milano, a total of 4 out of 5 matches. The matches played against in the post season by the two clubs are 23 with 12 victories in Milan and 11 in Virtus Bologna. In total, the precedents between the two teams are 177 with 104 victories in Milan and 73 for Bologna. The balance sheet in the previous home matches for Milan says 67 wins out of 87 games, while for Bologna 52 wins out of 87. Virtus’ last championship victory in Milan dates back to the 2008/09 season: Armani Jeans Milano – La Fortezza Bologna 68-70.

At the end of the first half Virtus ahead at 39-48, with Teodosic, Weems and Gamble as protagonists. Milan argues with the basket (33% from two, 25% from three) but remains in the game thanks to the 20/24 free throw.

Guests always ahead in the third period, but in the last quarter Milan is unleashed with LeDay and Rodriguez who propitiate a partial of 17-5 that brings Olimpia back to 70-72 with 4 minutes from the end. Markovic from 8 meters brings Virtus back to +5, then Belinelli for +7. Timeout with 2.47 to play. At 71-79 Teodosic misses the triple, Hines serves Punter for -6. Hunter stands out in attacking rebound, Weems does not tremble from the line and Virtus flies to 73-81 with one minute left. Milan tries with the last energies, Rodriguez scores the -4 with 10 seconds from the end, but Teodosic scores the two free throws that close the game.

Virtus wins game 1 and earns the home factor.

Teodosic top scorer with 19 points plus 7 assists and 8 fouls suffered, Weems closes with 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Markovic’s contribution of substance, 7 points with 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

For the hosts 16 each of Leday (also 5 rebounds and 4 assists, 4/9 FG, 6/6 FT) and Rodriguez (3 assists, 4/12 of three), 15 for Datome (5/9 FG, 4/4 FT).

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