Wins and convinces Armani, which overwhelms Maccabi Tel Aviv 83-72, and remains unbeaten after 3 days of Euroleague. Milan immediately started strong (26-15 in the first quarter), and extended up to 40-21 on the 14th minute, without ever giving the Israelis the chance to get back into the game. Twenty-two points ahead of the interval (52-30), and Maccabi who in the second half never gets under the double-digit disadvantage, and the game ends with the score 83-72.
To underline the offensively concrete evidence of Hall and Mitoglu (33 points in two), the lucid direction of the duo Delaney-Rodriguez, who combine 10 assists, in addition to the usual dirty and precious work on both sides of the field by captain Nik Melli. Now there will be little time to celebrate this victory, because on Friday on the parquet of the Mediolanum Forum, Efes Istanbul arrives, reigning champion, but returning from a disastrous start, with zero wins and three defeats.
First Quarter (26-15): The former Nunnally immediately signs the first three points for the guests, I start a bit nervous on both sides, but Olimpia, thanks to the plays on the Delaney-Shields axis, immediately builds an advantage in double digits (20-9). Maccabi finds the basket only from the line (23-15), before the bomb from the weak side of Chacho, who closes the first quarter at 26-15.
Second Fourth (26-15): Israelis in prolonged break, and powerless in front of the red and white attacking ball circulation, who always find an uncontested shot; and so after just over three minutes Milan leads 40-21. Two baskets from Lessort (40-25) and coach Messina immediately calls time out, because he doesn’t want to see his men relax; immediate response with Mitoglu, Delaney and Hall; and Maccabi returns inconclusive in attack, closes 1/9 from three the first half, with Milan ahead 52-30.
Third Quarter (11-19): For six minutes it is a Hall – Nunnally challenge (5 points each), the Ax messes up in attack, but Maccabi does not take advantage of it. Advantage always around twenty points for the hosts, with an outburst from Wilbekin for 60-47, to which Datome immediately responds from 6.75; and so we enter the last ten minutes with Olimpia in control (63-49).
Fourth Quarter (20-23): The “High-Low” game between Melli and Mitoglu produces 4 points in one amen (67-49), which force Sfairopoulos to time out. Williams “wakes up” and signs 12 of his 19 points in the last fraction, but there is no story; Milan closes the Maccabi practice (83-72), without unnecessary worries, but with a team test, as a team.
Messina (Coach AX Milan): “It was a good victory, important if we look at what happened on the other fields (defeats of Fenerbahce and Efes, ed). We played an excellent first half and it is the first time that we have built a Great advantage, but it was the defense that kept us in the lead and in control. Every time we moved the ball, we found excellent shots. To underline Delaney’s defensive performance on Wilbekin. another important challenge. “
AX MILANO : Hall 17, Mitoglu 16, Delaney 10
MACCABI TEL AVIV: Williams 19, Nunnally 16, Reynolds 13, Lessort 10