Euroleague: Milan dominates Virtus Bologna, the words of the two coaches

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Euroleague: Milan dominates Virtus Bologna, the words of the two coaches

At the Mediolanum Forum, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, in the penultimate day of the Euroleague regular season, pulled off perhaps the best game of the season, beating 90-75 in the basketball derby of Italy and dominating much more than the score says Virtus Segafredo Bologna, which collected its sixth consecutive defeat. After an early disadvantage in the very first minutes, Olimpia took off, even reaching a 24-point lead in the third quarter.

For Ettore Messina’s team, which will play for play-in access against Maccabi in Tel Aviv hoping that Anadolu Efes loses at home to Red Star, 18 points and 11 rebounds by Nikola Mirotic, 15 points by Stefano Tonut and 13 by Nicolò Melli, for Luca Banchi’s Black Vs, who will play at home on the last day with Baskonia Vitoria a real playoff for eighth place, 21 points by Tornke Shengelia and 13 by Marco Belinelli. Here are the words of the two coaches.

Ettore Messina: “A good game. I want to congratulate the players, very intense on defense and offense for almost the whole game. We created mis-matches and passed the ball well. I don’t know if we have a chance to pass, but we still want to finish in the best way. È it was a good night, because we also celebrated Rocca and we passed the 10,000 average spectator threshold. A great achievement for the club. A win you need, it gives you confidence to carry, if we have the luck and skill to go on. Otherwise to finish the regular season well in Italy and make good playoffs”.

Luca Banchi: “È it was a tough game. Milan è in a good moment, used all its aggressivenessà and physicalityà. Honestly we responded in the first 15’, although the percentages were not what we expected. But we were in the game. Unfortunately we lost contact at the end of the first half, and in the second half we went under. And then it è difficult to recover a disadvantage like that. We have to respond as a team and keep working. We want to approach the play-ins with confidence”.

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