Despite their absences, Armani Milano made… a show of strength in the first match for the 4th “Pavlos Giannakopoulos” tournament, easily beating Maccabi 80-71. First scorers Mitrou-Long (19 points) and Deson Thomas (15 points)
Clearly more ready and more “tied” presented herself Armani Milan at the premiere of the “Pavlos Giannakopoulos” tournament in OAKAas a result of which he easily gets the ticket for Saturday’s final (24/9, 21:00).
Although he had four significant absences (Pangos, Datome, Voigtman, Shields) his team Ettore Messina he had no problem defeating her easily Maccabi, having also taken a 17-point lead in the second half. Of course, his team too Oded Katas had to deal with a long absence (perhaps the most important one) as he remains out after participating in the Eurobasket, o Lorenzo Brown.
THE Nazareth Mitrou-Long he was the one who made the biggest difference in the match with 19 points, followed by his former player Panathinaikou, Deshon Thomas adding another 15 points. Ritchie was also in double figures with 13 points, while on the other hand Maccabi stood out Hilliard (18p.), Hollins (11 p.), Baldwin (11p.) and Poithres (12 p.).
THE Maccabi she got more energy at the start of the match, entered the match stronger and thanks to her good defense she was able to find good options in the attack. It is typical that she reached the point of leading 17-6 in the 7th minute and having obliged her Armani Milan in just three baskets within children. THE Messina he was shuffling the deck, however, instead of reducing the difference, it took on greater dimensions as a result of which it reached +12 (24-12) for the Tel Aviv team just before the end of the quarter (24-15).
Of course, the sequel was very different and this was mainly due to Naz Mitrou-Long, who upon entering the court turned the game upside down. The Greek-Canadian guard was the one who changed the image of the game and spearheaded his team’s great comeback. Initially, with a 12-0 run, he tied the match (24-24) in the 14th minute, and then it became a 22-4 (!) split, with which the Armani with a score of 28-34. THE Uterus–Long closed the half (32-37) with 11 points having 1/3 two-pointers and 3/6 three-pointers, while the Maccabi he had 9/25 inside the guys in the first half, of which 5/14 two-pointers and 4/11 three-pointers.
And the Armani it didn’t stop there. He continued where he left off after the start of the second half, completely controlling the game on both sides of the floor. The baton from Mitrou-Long had taken the Richie and Deshon Tomas consistently maintaining the difference in double digits on behalf of their team. On the contrary, Maccabi had remained in the… laurels of the first period and this because in the 20 minutes that followed they received partial scores of 41-18 for +14 (42-56) at the end of the 3rd period. The score indicator reached 16 points in her favor Armani (42-58) shortly after the start of the fourth and final quarter.
The scene didn’t change even in the last period of the match. The Italian team completely controlled the game, with Uterus–Long, Baron, Thomas, Honey and Davis to make a show of force against the Maccabi. In fact, the difference reached +17 (56-73) for her Armani Milan in the 36th minute, a sample of the image that prevailed on his floor OAKA during the first match for the tournament “Pavlos Giannakopoulos”.
The quarters: 24-15, 32-37, 42-56, 71-80