Sergio Scariolo admits, “We know what we lack.”

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“The Italian league is more affordable in terms of quality of staff, physicality and experience.”

After the mocking defeat in the Euroleague, Virtus regains its smile in the league. Among the friendly walls, the Felsinians achieve success in the Emilian derby against Reggio Emilia, a victory (79-65 the final score) that gives the ‘Black Vu’ the lone supremacy, accomplice also to Tortona’s defeat in Brindisi. The game lasted 30 minutes, until UnaHotels managed to resist the hosts. Then, in the last quarter, Segafredo closed all spaces conceding only 8 points to the opponents and took the win and two points. Great was the difference in physicality under the basket, with Bologna dominating in rebounding (33-21 the total tally). MVP of the game Mickey, who scored 18 points and led the way after some bad games.

After the game coach Sergio Scariolo spoke in a press conference, “I am very happy, it was a real game against a tough and well-organized opponent. It is important to have played a high-level game and to have interpreted it well. Some ups and downs in the first half, but in the second half we were really good in intensity and defense, forcing offenses of 24.” Overall an excellent second half, also on offense lowering turnovers and managing the ball better. When we stopped making two possessions and a fumbled ball, two possessions and a fumbled ball, we were able to open a small gap,” he began.

“The team always works with seriousness, even the last Euroleague game was of a high level, as long as we had clear ideas and before we lost the guidelines. The team is capable of playing Friday-Sunday: very risky formula but we are responding quite well. Lonely first place? It is totally provisional, but it certifies that we have done a good job. Clearly the Italian league is more affordable in terms of the quality of the staff, physicality and experience. We have clear what we lack for a higher level, but we are fighting well. We hope to do that in the next Euroleague game as well,” he concluded.

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