In front of 7,500 spectators, Olimpia slips the 6th domestic success of this season by overcoming one of the battleships in Europe. Decisive Datome and Rodriguez in the final, splendid Hall and defense. Now the Armani commands alone after 8 days, in the modern era this had never happened
All in one night. Magical. Milan folds Barcelona in the final and flies to the top alone. Another great step towards excellence. Ettore Messina, in two and a half seasons, transformed Olimpia from a mid-range club to the power of European basketball. A Final Four last May that was missing for 29 years and now a new masterpiece. In the clash at the top Milan offers the best of itself, winning with the strength of the group and its individualities, hoisting itself where it had never been in the modern era. Olimpia leads the Euroleague after 8 days at the end of an epic match against one of the big names in Europe. In the success, sweaty after a nightmare last quarter that began with a 14-0 Barça, the grand finale of Gigi Datome and Chacho Rodriguez shines, but this is also the masterpiece of Hall, Shields, Mitoglou and all the Milanese longs for how they have been able to withstand the impact of one of the biggest and most talented teams on the continent. Sixth domestic success in a row this season at “Fort Assago”.
Olimpia without Delaney and Moraschini. Messina starts with Hall da play and Datome in quintet. Milan immediately enters the offensive rhythm: 4/4 in the triples and transition, the Catalans seem surprised and go down by 9 (22-13). The first rotations of Messina keep the tension high and, with the heavy quintet, Olimpia signs a new +9 between the first two quarters. The Chacho raises for Tarczewski and the Forum explodes. Jasikevicius relies on the second lines: Jokubaitis, Oriola and Kuric keep him afloat, while Milan fails to exploit the clear rebound superiority (16-5). The heart of the second quarter is a mixture of atrocities in which everyone makes mistakes. Barça goes up to -3 (Oriola) taking advantage of the opponent’s offensive blackout (2 points in 5 ‘). Hall (13 points in the first half), however, revives the Milanese who squeeze points of gold also from Datome, Hines and Mitoglou. Barça goes to rest with 1/8 of three and 5 lost. The -8 is far too magnanimous. A triple from Hall (+11) makes everything seem easy, but slowly Barcelona begin to put their feet back in the box. Rodriguez and Mitoglou delude that the double +12 at the end of the third quarter can become a safe policy. It is not so. Barcelona clings to Davies and Hayes placing the 14-0 which gives them the first advantage (63-61) that calls everything into question. But this Olimpia has a mental hardness never seen before and does not suffer from vertigo. Melli returns to give points back to Milan after 6 minutes of fasting and the shrug is balmy. The decisive whip comes from Gigi Datome: triple plus foul, a “game of 4” that pushes Barça to -6. Now it’s about managing: Rodriguez’s arrest and shot (splendid) and Shields’ free throws mark the triumph. Command Milan. Seen in this way, this team must not limit itself.
Milano: Date 17, Hall 16, Mitoglou and Shields 11.
Barcelona: Davies 12, Miotic e Hayes 10.
November 4, 2021 (change November 4, 2021 | 23:57)
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