BAYERN MONACO – VIRTUS SEGAFREDO BOLOGNA 90-66
(Q1 25-21; Q2 41-37; Q3 67-53)
Bayern Munich: Weiler-Babb; Thomas 11; Jaramaz 9; Lucic 14; George 3; Obst 18; Sillah NE; Rubit 2; Ogunsipe; Sisko 10; Hilliard 15; Schilling 8.
Virtus Segafredo Bologna: Belinelli 17; Pajola 4; Alibegovic 5; Hervey 8; Udoh 9; Ruzzier 5; Colombo NE; Jaiteh 6; Barbieri NE; Weems 5; Abass 7.
A not yet full Virtus held its own against Bayern Munich for 30 minutes and only gave in at the end to the home team that won the Magenta Cup final against Red Star. Segafredo will face Panathinaikos tomorrow at 3pm in the final for third and fourth place.
Segafredo gets off to a strong start with a 9-2 run, mostly signed by captain Belinelli. But Bayern comes back and, led by Lucic, scores a counter-partial that brings the home team up by 6 and forces Coach Scariolo to timeout. The energy of Hervey and Abass, coming off the bench, allow the bianconeri to get back in touch and close the first 10′ at -4 (25-21). At the beginning of the second period, Monaco finds the target from the arc and tries to run on 34-21; Belinelli from the arc unlocks the HCL attack. Virtus recovers with a 2-14 run: Abass dunks on a counterpunch, then 6 points in a row by Udoh force Trinchieri to timeout on 36-35 with 3′ left in the half. Segafredo goes back in front with another Belinelli basket, then Bayern closes 43-37 at halftime. Pajola and Belinelli open the second half with two personal initiatives. The hosts come back to score with Thomas and Hilliard and Bayern goes back to +10 with 2′ left in the third quarter. Segafredo, with four absences, begins to get tired and at 10′ from the end, the scoreboard reads 67-53. In the last period, the black and whites continue to fight, getting back under double digit disadvantage. Trinchieri’s team, however, has more and brings home the game. It ends 90-66.
Udoh’s words at the end of the game – “It’s still preseason, and we have players out. We have to have a short memory, think about getting better and practice hard.”
Coach Scariolo’s words after the game – “Very interesting experience. We played against a top Euroleague team and we realized the differences, especially at the physical level. In the first half, despite some mistakes and some ups and downs, we were well in the game. Then in the second half we saw their physicality, in the turnovers they forced on us and in the important difference in rebounding. And they put up three-point shots in some cases with great quality, in others we allowed them with a bit of naivety. They opened a gap that then widened at the end, but there are very useful indications and important learning points, beyond the contingent situations of a preseason game that leaves time to find, when you win and when you lose. The thing that worries me a little more is that we exceeded the minutes of some players than expected, but we had some foul situations that messed up our rotation. But I repeat, a good opportunity and a stage to learn what is the difference with the Euroleague, a word with which we sometimes fill our mouths with little knowledge of the subject. And to start again, starting tomorrow, with a few hours to rest and zero to prepare. Tomorrow morning we’ll try to understand which mistakes were avoidable and which were structural or inevitable, on which it’s not even worth dwelling.”