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Basketball, EuroCup 2022: Virtus Bologna and Venice will try to finish with a flourish, Trento on the pitch for honor


The last day of the group stage of the EuroCup 2022 will be played between Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 April. Three Italian teams on the field: Virtus Bologna will face Mincidelice JL Bourg en Bresse tomorrow at 20:00, Trento will challenge on Wednesday at 20: 00 Partizan NIS Belgrade and, finally, Reyer Venezia will meet Gran Canaria again on Wednesday but at 21:00.

The first Italian team to take the field will be Virtus Segafredo Bologna. Coach Sergio Scariolo’s boys will visit Bourg en Bresse to hunt for another important success after last week’s win against Gran Canaria for 70-68. Currently the V Nere are in third position with 10 wins (the French are ninth with 6 wins) and will therefore try to maintain their excellent position in view of the round of 16 (the first four of the group will then have the opportunity to play direct confrontation at home). To grab the 11th statement, Virtus will have to be very careful especially to guards Rasheed Sulaimon (so far 13.8 points per game in this EuroCup) and Calvin Harris Jr. (11.2), winger Jacorey Williams (10.6) and Pierre Pelos centers (10.9). Scariolo will have all the big names available, except for the injured Marco Belinelli.

On Wednesday at 20:00 it will then be the turn of Trento. Emanuele Molin’s boys will face Partizan Belgrade in a challenge that has very little to say for the Italian team. Flaccadori and his teammates are in fact in ninth position with only one win to their credit and have no chance of qualifying for the round of 16. On the other hand there will be a team of great value ready to do anything to try to reach the first place in group A currently occupied by Joventut Badalona (the Spaniards are provisionally first with one victory and one more match). Trento will try to put his opponents in difficulty with the wings Jordan Caroline (14.8 points per game per game in the EuroCup this season) and Cameron Reynolds (12.9), the blue Diego Flaccadori (10.5) and Dominique Johnson (9.5), but could Johnathan Williams ‘ ability under the basket is also fundamental (10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game). Partizan Belgrade, on the other hand, will focus strongly on Kevin Punter (up to now 17.2ppg per match), Mathias Lessort (13.1) and Zach Leday (12.6).

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At 21:00 it will be the turn of Reyer Venezia, who will challenge Gran Canaria away to improve their ranking. At the moment the boys of coach Walter De Raffaele are in seventh position in group B with 8 successes, while the Spaniards are first with 12 affirmations. Obviously , Porfi Fisac’s men will start as favorites, but Venice will certainly try in every way to have its say. To achieve success, great performances will be needed by Jordan Theodore (so far 12.7 points on average in this EuroCup), Mitchell Watt (11.7), Austin Daye (10.1) and Stefano Tonut (10.7). There are many pitfalls on the opponents: starting with guards Dylan Ennis (15.3) and AJ Slaughter (11.7), passing from the wing John Shurna (11.1) and arriving at the centers Artem Pustovyi (10.2 points and 4.4 Rebounds) and Aleksander Balcerowski (10.0).

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