Upcoming MatchSegafredo Virtus Bologna vs Carpegna Prosciutto Pesaro/17 May 2022iten

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Bologna –

Stopped in spring by the ups and downs of the quarterfinals, even started by conquering the Monegasque den of the future champions, Buducnost, which climbed on Sunday to the second place in ABA Liga (5-1 the balance), can this year serenely start to climb the Eurocup towards the goal, and not only to dream about it, turning on Wednesday at 7 pm the lights of the Sportski Centar Morača in Podgorica against Segafredo. Valencia, one of the best equipped teams in the competition, has just been beaten in the last bouts, because Buduscnost didn’t do everything right but it was enough to sprint, in that mocking and cruel way.

A challenge that in this Eurocup pays homage, according to the liturgy, to two teams with a quality offensive rating (second Bologna 120.6, third Podgorica 117.6), but divided by the rhythm of the game: bianconeri first with a frenetic PACE of 78, biancoblu last with a more compassed 66.8. Both line up with little propensity to shoot from the arc, Virtus last, Buducnost penultimate, that will try to attack with Justin Cobbs, able to build the conclusion from the dribble, with the expert D.J. Seeley, fearsome from long range and with Willie Reed, already in the first quintet of the last Eurocup, the three violins of the choir. Vlado Micov has also arrived from Milan, thirty-six years old who distills experience looking back, twelve years later, at fresh flashbacks of an environment he knows and of a competition he already won when he played for Galatasaray. The bayonet basketball of Seagfredo might want to raise the rhythms considering that the Montenegrins squeeze 13 minutes from the bench and 27 from the quintet, which governs, however, almost the triple of the scored points (58.5 vs 20). On the shores of Lake Shkodra, Bologna, wounded by the championship, remains the favorite but Podgorica has hinted that we’ll see a not so monotonous evening. To aim decisively at the scalp, and not only of Virtus, in the Montenegrin capital they have equipped themselves by recalling coach Aleksandar Dzikic, already at the Buducnost’s helm until 2018 and today strong with a large staff to be immolated also on the wearing front of the Eurocup, competition that the club plays for the fifteenth time in the last 19 years.