Basketball, Serie A: Virtus Bologna overwhelms Sassari, with Brindisi being -2 from Milan

Waiting for Milan, engaged on Monday in the postponement against Varese, Brindisi clears Cantù and shortens the standings (-2) arm in arm with Virtus Bologna who teaches Sassari a hard lesson in the big match of the day. Trento beats Venice, Treviso goes to Pesaro. Cremona and Fortitudo Bologna also win.

BANCO DI SARDEGNA SASSARI-VIRTUS SEGAFREDO BOLOGNA 77-108

Belinelli and Gamble steal the show in the Easter Saturday cartel match of Serie A basketball. At PalaSerradimigni, Dinamo Sassari lasted a while before giving way to Virtus, who made a void in the second half and dominated far and wide until the final 108-77. The latest siren is almost a liberation for Pozzecco’s men, who have returned to the field a few days after the covid outbreak and immediately forced to the double round of Champions this week. Opposite situation for the black Vs, already certain of the pass for the semifinals in Eurocup and with a whole week to prepare for the challenge in Sardinia after the adrenaline rush given by the victory in the derby against Fortitudo. The 22-13 in the first quarter of Dinamo deceives, Segafredo overturns the situation with 36-21 in the second and runs away in the second half, even exceeding 100 points and collecting the victory number 17 in the regular season.

ACQUA S.BERNARDO CANTU’-HAPPY CASA BRINDISI 71-93

Sixth win in a row for the Happy Casa who enjoy Easter just two points behind the leaders in Milan. Against Cantù, without Gaines and with the former Bucchi on the bench, the Apulian team takes a while to get going. The Acqua San Bernardo closes the first quarter ahead (22-21) and then collapses in the second when Brindisi begins to go more easily to the basket from distance (6/13 from three) with Visconti in great shape. The guests arrive at rest on +11 (48-37). In the second half it is a solo from Salento: Delroy James takes the chair (23 points and 13 rebounds) and the Happy Home flies, also breaks through the wall of +20 in the middle of the last part, a distance that Cantù is no longer able to fill.

DOLOMITES TRENTINO-UMANA REYER VENICE 90-84 dts

Third consecutive home success for the Trentino Dolomites which rises to 18 points in the standings and sees the playoffs. Trento, however, struggled in the first half and collapsed in the third quarter, even touching -21, then JaCorey Williams put his team on his shoulder and dragged them to extra time with 33 points. Venice raises its head after having accused the blow for the comeback suffered and overtime if it plays point by point. A triple from Browne brings the balance to Trento’s side, then Williams and Martin close the game.

Adrian Banks (Fortitudo Bologna-Brescia)

FORTITUDO BOLOGNA-GERMANI BRESCIA 88-78

Adrian Banks sees Brescia and goes wild. After the 31 points scored last season with the Brindisi shirt, the former Avellino surpasses and stretches the Germani with his career maximum: 34 points. At the Unipol Arena in Bologna the visiting team has a better start with the rediscovered Chery and Crawford and Vitali’s plays. Banks and Aradori kept the hosts in contact at the long interval, only to lay down the law in the second half. The break of 16-3 in the second half allows Fortitudo to put their heads in front and Brescia is no longer able to react if not in the final when the team of coach Buscaglia comes back down (-5, 80-75). But Banks’ ninth triple allows the eagle to take flight.

CARPEGNA HAM PESARO-DE ‘LONGHI TREVISO 89-97

Fifth victory in a row for Dè Longhi who passes to Pesaro and consolidates a playoff place. A super Sokolowski, author of 23 points, led the Treviso team. The hosts, without Justin Robinson, positive for covid, resisted throughout the first half closing the long interval ahead of 1 (51-50), then in the second half Russelle and Sokolowski sign the +8. Advantage that Treviso manages to manage until the end by responding blow for blow to the attempts to return by the hosts.

VANOLI CREMONA-UNAHOTELS REGGIO EMILIA 90-71

At the PalaRadi in Cremona Unahotels surrenders to a more cynical Vanoli. Reggio starts badly, closes the first fraction down by 12 points, but thanks to an 11-2 break in the second quarter, he gets back into the game and ends the long interval just 4 points down (44-40). But in the third the hosts return to score points and halfway through the run they fly on +15. The host defense no longer holds up the offensives of the Cremonese team and in the last set Vanoli controls without problems.

RANKING: Milan 36 points; Brindisi, Virtus Bologna 34; Sassari, Venice 28; Treviso 26; Trieste 22; Cremona, Pesaro, Brescia, Fortitudo BO, Trento 18; Reggio Emilia, Varese 16; Cantù 14.
Rome excluded from the Sassari championship two races less Brindisi e Trento one race less

BANCO SARDEGNA SASSARI-SEGAFREDO BOLOGNA 77-108 (22-13, 43-49, 55-81)
BANCO DI SARDEGNA SASSARI:
Often 12, Bilan 18, Treier, Chessa ne, Kruslin 6, Happ 4, Katic 12, Re ne, Burnell 4, Bendzius 14, Gandini ne, Gentile 7. Coach: Pozzecco.
SEGAFREDO BOLOGNA: Tessitori 2, Deri 1, Belinelli 16, Pajola 13, Alibegovic 8, Ricci 8, Adams 4, Hunter 5, Weems 8, Teodosic 11, Gamble 16, Abass 16. Coach: Djordjevic.
REFEREES: Sahin-Giovannetti-Perciavalle.
NOTE: Free throws: Sassari 19/19, Bologna 17/25. Released for five fouls: none.

ACQUA S.BERNARDO CANTU’-HAPPY CASA BRINDISI 71-93 (22-21, 37-48, 56-76)
ACQUA S.BERNARDO CANTU ‘:
Bresolin ne, Thomas 12, Smith 15, Procida 12, Leunen 5, La Torre, Lanzi ne, Johnson 6, Bayehe 5, Baparapè ne, Pecchia 4, Radic 12. Coach: Bucchi.
HAPPY CASA BRINDISI: Bostic 8, Krubally 11, Zanelli 2, Visconti 13, Gaspardo 10, Thompson 7, Cattapan, Guido, Udom 7, Bell 10, Perkins 12, Willis 13. Coach: Vitucci.
REFEREES: Attard-Pepponi-Brindisi.
NOTE: Free throws: Cantù 10/13, Brindisi 11/14. Released for five fouls: none.

DOLOMITI TRENTINO-UMANA REYER VENICE 90-84 (20-25, 42-52, 61-69, 80-80)
DOLOMITES ENERGY TRENTINO:
Martin 12, Jovanovic ne, Pascolo ne, Conti 1, Browne 12, Forray, Sanders 20, Midnight ne, Morgan 12, Williams 33, Ladurner, Maye. Coach: Molin.
UMANA REYER VENICE: Casarin 2, Stone 8, Tonut 16, Daye 8, De Nicolao 3, Campogrande, Vidmar 7, Clark 16, Chappell 8, Mazzola, Cerella ne, Watt 16. Coach: De Raffaele.
REFEREES: Baldini-Bartoli-Capotorto.
NOTE: Free throws: Trento 20/26, Venice 7/10. Released for five fouls: De Nicolao, Watt.

FORTITUDO BOLOGNA-GERMANI BRESCIA 88-78 (27-20, 37-44, 65-57)
FORTITUDO LAVOROPIÙ BOLOGNA:
Banks 34, Aradori 13, Mancinelli, Manna ne, Hunt 6, Pavani ne, Fantinelli 5, Baldasso 16, Cusin, Withers 14, Tote ‘. Coach: Dalmonte.
GERMANI BRESCIA: Bertini ne, Vitali 13, Parrillo ne, Chery 7, Bortolani, Wilson 3, Willis 8, Crawford 8, Burns 15, Kalinoski 8, Moss 4, Sachetti 12. Coach: Buscaglia.
REFEREES: Lo Guzzo-Quarta-Dori.
NOTE: Free throws: Bologna 12/13, Brescia 13/16. Released for 5 fouls: none.

CARPEGNA HAM PESARO-DE ‘LONGHI TREVISO 89-97 (30-28, 51-50, 67-76)
CARPEGNA HAM PESARO:
Drell 7, Massenat 14, Filloy 4, Cain 14, Tambone 7, Mujakovic ne, Eboua 11, Serpilli ne, Filipovity 7, Zanotti, Delfino 25. Coach: Repesa.
DE ‘LONGHI TREVISO: Logan 19, Russell 15, Vildera 6, Bartoli ne, Imbrò 10, Piccin, Chillo, Mekowulu 12, Sokolowski 23, Akele 6, Lockett 6. Coach: Menetti.
REFEREES: Lanzarini-Paglialunga-Pierantozzi.
NOTE: Free throws: Pesaro 33/38, Treviso 18/26. Out for 5 fouls: Tambone, Russell.

VANOLI CREMONA-UNAHOTELS REGGIO EMILIA 90-71 (29-17, 44-40, 61-52)
VANOLI CREMONA:
Barford 17, Zacchigna 2, Williams TJ 6, Trunic, Williams 17, Poet 8, Mian 13, Lee 3, Cournooh ne, Hommes 24, Donda. Coach: Galbiati.
UNAHOTELS REGGIO EMILIA: Lemar 14, Koponen 11, Candi 10, Baldi Rossi 2, Porfilio ne, Taylor 9, Giannini ne, Sims 14, Johnson 6, Bonacini ne, Diouf ne, Kyzlink 5. Coach: Caja.
REFEREES: Paternico’-Sardella-Bongiorni.
NOTE: Free throws: Cremona 15/16, Reggio Emilia 13/14. Released for five fouls: none.

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