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MESSINA: THE DIFFICULT GAME. ABSENT SHIELDS, BARON AND DATOME – BOLOGNABASKET

Since 1997 Olimpia Milano and Virtus Bologna had not confronted one another at European stage, however within the final three years they’ve met 16 occasions in Italy, with 8-8 and every scudetto. This season, they met within the Super Cup in Brescia with the victory of Virtus. But the principle situation is that for the primary time they meet one another in a “quantity” system, i.e. with no restrict on the variety of visitors that can be utilized. The downside of Olimpia is that Shavon Shields and Billy Baron are injured and thus in any case not used, and for them the absence of Gigi Datome as a result of flu was added on the finish. From this level on, Virtus is okay, lamenting the absence of Awudu Abass, however has recovered all different gamers together with the final injured, Toko Shengelia. The groups are getting back from victory within the EuroLeague, Olimpia at dwelling with Real Madrid and Virtus all the time at dwelling with Asvel Villeurbanne. Bologna has a complete funds of two-4, 1-2 away; Olimpia is 3-1 away from dwelling, however they didn’t win their first recreation at Mediolanum Forum. In the league, each gained on Sunday.

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STRENGTHENING – Dani Hierrezuelo (Spain), Emin Mogulkoc (Turkey), Uros Obrknezevic (Serbia).

COACH ETTORE MESSINA – “We are dealing with an excellent workforce, designed to succeed in the finals. Improving the extent of our protection, to have the ability to management the rebounds, and to enhance the management between the 2 and the three will likely be essential to compete at this stage. The absence of Shields, Baron and the one who entered the Datome is troublesome, however we’ve got a whole lot of confidence that the gamers who’re nonetheless on the pitch will give us “.

NICOLO MELLI – “It is a troublesome recreation, we all know, we’ve got come from two victories within the EuroLeague and for that reason our purpose is to renew the trail we traveled and win the primary recreation of the competitors. In basic, it’s good that after a few years the match between two Italian groups enjoys the EuroLeague stage. This it is an event to have a good time. For others, we’ll do what it takes to carry victory dwelling.”

VIRTUS BOLOGNA – Compared to the earlier season, Iffe Lundberg, Danish from CSKA Moscow and Phoenix Suns, Semi Ojeleye, who performed 284 video games within the NBA in numerous groups, the final Los Angeles Clippers, Jordan Mickey, final 12 months in St. Petersburg together with Billy Baron, Belgium International Ismael Bako, together with robust winger Leo Menalo, Italian-Croatian, and middle Gora Camara. For the remainder, in comparison with the final Scudetto remaining: Milos Teodosic, Daniel Hackett, Alessandro Pajola, Nico Mannion and Michele Ruzzier among the many level guards; Marco Belinelli and Isaiah Cordinier as guards; Kyle Weems and Awudu Abass as small wings; Toko Shengelia as a powerful ahead; Mam Jaiteh as capital. Lundberg is the workforce’s main scorer with 11.5 factors per recreation. Jordan Mickey is probably the most used, about 26 minutes (6.7 factors and three.8 rebounds per recreation), barely greater than Semi Ojeleye (8.0 factors and 4.7 rebounds per recreation). In the quintet, Mam Jaiteh (7.8 factors per recreation, 61.4% from the sphere) and Daniel Hackett (5.8 factors and three.2 assists per recreation, 38.9% from three) all the time began from the middle. Toko Shengelia got here again final spherical. Also a part of the rotation are Kyle Weems (7.2 factors and 73.9% from twos), Alessandro Pajola (2.3 steals on common, about 19 minutes), Isma Bako (8.8 factors, 4.0 rebounds, 62.8% from twos in quarter-hour) and of the coaching of Milos Teodosic (8.8 factors and 4.0 assists in 14 minutes). A little bit bit (in any case greater than 10 minutes) Isaiah Cordinier performs and about 9 minutes of use there’s Marco Belinelli.

VIRUS COMMUNICATION Giampaolo Ricci performed for Virtus Bologna for 2 seasons, profitable the 2021 Scudetto as Captain. Daniel Hackett performed in Milan for 2 years, profitable the Scudetto 2014. Awudu Abass performed two years in Milan, from 2017 to 2019, he gained the Scudetto in 2018 and twice the Super Cup, however he was injured and won’t be there. Ettore Messina has coached the Virtus youth groups for the reason that 1983/84 season when he was Alberto Bucci’s assistant and in consequence gained the competitors by beating Olimpia within the remaining. He turned the top coach within the 1989/90 season that remained till the 1992/93 season inclusive, aside from returning in 1997 and staying there till 2002. Cups (1990), three Scudettos (1993, 1998 and 2001), three Italian Cups. Virtus Bologna coach Sergio Scariolo was Olimpia’s coach for 2 years, within the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons and the final match. Milos Teodosic performed for CSKA Moscow beneath Ettore Messina. Among his teammates was Kyle Hines. Marco Belinelli was educated by Messina – as an assistant – at San Antonio Spurs and – as head coach – within the nationwide workforce. Billy Baron and Jordan Mickey performed collectively in St. Petersburg final season and gained the VTB League. Iffe Lundberg, Toko Shengelia and Daniel Hackett performed in Moscow with Johannes Voigtmann. Kyle Hines additionally performed with Hackett in Moscow and collectively they gained the 2019 EuroLeague.

GAME SECRETS – Nicolò Melli is 2 runs away from James Gist’s 1,213 for twelfth place all-time. He is thrice out of 200 in his profession. Kevin Pangos has scored thrice in 33 of his final 34 video games.

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