First day of the main Fiba Cup. The magical moment of the Venetian team continues: in the last quarter the US center tames Riga. Dinamo never in a match on the Ludwigsburg field
The European debut in Treviso is sweaty but winning. VEF Riga, Latvian champion in the last three seasons, is a solid, physical and quality team: fishing for a magical evening in the triples (17/31) and letting himself be guided in the first half by the former Trieste and Brindisi Devondrick Walker, in the second by the elf Jalen Riley. The Latvians take advantage of the terrible second quarter of the Venetians to rest ahead 42-52, but the Treviso team returns to the game with a fantastic third quarter, to close it in the last. For Treviso it is not easy from the start: Walker makes his debut with three triples in a row, for the initial 8-13. Coach Menetti needs a time-out to remind his team how he defends himself: dragged by Akele, Treviso closes the first quarter ahead 23-22, but cannot get away from the VEF. The Latvians remain hooked in the score for the whole second set, and at the end of the time they place a break of 13-2, for the +10 of the half-game. Returning from the locker room is another Treviso: terrible in defense, aggressive in attack. Putting his nose forward takes 7 ‘: the partial is 21-4 dragged by Sims and Russell’s triple (63-56) seems to be that of the knockout but, at the most beautiful for Treviso, Riga finds the hand from the long one and succeeds to close the third quarter always in contact (65-64). The risk is to play it point by point, given that at 35 ‘he is still 77 even: instead it is in the last minutes that the Venetians close it, giving their fans the tenth victory in eleven official matches.
Treviso: Sims 18, Sokolowski e Dimsa 16, Russell 11, Jones 10
Riga: Walker 21, Riley 17, Curry 13, Zoriks 10
Bitter debut in the Champions League for Dinamo of coach Cavina, the Sardinians lose in Germany against Ludwigsburg. The first 20 ‘of the game was decisive, where the Bank also collapsed to -20. First part of the match in favor of the hosts, who highlight the limits of Dinamo which is systematically late in coming out of the opponent’s offensive blocks, while the German outsiders with Radebaugh on the shields, are a sentence. Cavina finds positive notes only from Logan leaving the bench, but fails to create a balance on both sides of the field that allows Sassari to find continuity in attack and defense: 53-36 in the 20 ‘. The expected Dinamo reaction comes only at the end of the race, first Sassari sinks to -24, undergoing the control of the rhythm by the Germans, then in the last fraction the class of Logan and the desire for Battle and Clemmons seem to be able to turn the match, so as to get up to -12 with 4 ‘from the end. However, the time trial is a precious ally for the hosts and energy is scarce for Sassari, so Bahere signs the last and decisive break of the race.
Ludwigsburg:Radebaugh 24, Polas Bartolo 12, Darden 13
Sassari:Logan 21, Mekowulu 19, Clemmons 17
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Champions League: Treviso is exalted with Sims. Sassari falls in Germany