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Basketball: Virtus Bologna and Olimpia Milano without problems in the last matches of the 21st round of Serie A


The 21st day of the Serie A championship ends with the arrival of the big players. Virtus Bologna engaged at home against GeVi Napoli, while for Olimpia Milano a difficult trip to the Tortona field, faced and beaten a few weeks ago in the Italian Cup.

The concept is very simple: too many black Vs for this GeVi. The game, in truth, has little history from the beginning, with the triples of Teodosic, Hervey and Pajola yielding the initial 10-0. Parks and the newcomer Totè try the recovery, but it is the only real moment of an open game: Alibegovic, Mannion, Jaiteh and Belinelli all have a role towards 36-19. Velicka tries to reduce something, but at the interval it is 47-32.

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Bologna does not score for almost five minutes, but it does not serve to give Naples more than eight points of minimum gap. We sail around ten pitches for a couple of minutes, then Mannion pushes on the accelerator and touches +20. There is not much more to say in the minutes that remain, with the 86-75 being certified.

BOLOGNA – Hervey 16, Mannion 13, Belinelli 13
NAPLES – Parks 13, Velicka 12, Lombardi 10

A fairly quiet victory for Olimpia in a difficult away match like that of PalaFerraris. Tortona starts well, with the Americans as the important men for 16-10, where the points in Milan are almost exclusively from Melli. Then Baldasso enters and begins with the triple of -3, but at the end of the first quarter it is 22-19 Bertram. The pair Baldasso-Alviti signs the same, and it is the play from Turin who makes good weather to a large extent both scoring and fanning assists. This parquet, moreover, brings him happy memories of his time in Rome, in the form of an assist for a triple of the victory over Casale Monferrato. At the interval, however, it is still a struggle: 37-40.

Alviti and Rodriguez get Milan off to a good start, while Macura keeps Tortona up and running. The groove, however, slowly begins to widen, with Hines starting to do his in the paint and Grant putting in a good match. Hall puts the load with the +14, then the gap widens even more until you get to 51-72 signed above all by Alviti. The management of Olimpia at that point is quite calm: it ends 64-81.

TORTONA – Macura 15, Sanders 15, Filloy 12
MILAN – Baldasso 16, Alviti 13, Grant 12

1 Milan 34
2 V. Bologna 32
3 Brescia 26
4 Trieste, Brindisi, Reggio Emilia, Tortona 20
8 Sassari, Varese, Venice, Trento 18
12 Naples, Treviso 16
14 Pesaro 14
15 F. Bologna 12
16 Varese 10

Credit: Ciamillo