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Serie A Round 3: Brescia loses to Brindisi Oct 7, 2019
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Round 3 means everything may happen in Serie A as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The biggest surprise of round 3 in Serie A took place in Brindisi where host Brindisi (2-1) beat Brescia (2-1) 88-78 on Saturday evening. Brindisi made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Israeli Adrian Banks (191-86, college: Arkansas St.) who scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Darius Thompson (193-95, college: WKU) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kenneth Horton (201-89, college: CCSU) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brescia will play next round against Trento trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Brindisi will try to continue on its current victory against Armani Milano on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Trento (2-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Sassari (3-0) 76-73. It was a good game for Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamel McLean contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: UNC, agency: Two Points) answered with 16 points for Trento. Trento’s coach Nicola Brienza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn’t help. Sassari will play against Trieste (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Trento will play against Brescia (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of Fortitudo BO (2-1) against Openjobmetis VA (2-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Fortitudo BO was crushed by Openjobmetis VA in Varese 83-60. It was a great evening for Siim-Sander Vene who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Pietro Aradori with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Openjobmetis VA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fortitudo BO will play against Treviso and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Roma. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Vanoli Cremona (1-1) to Virtus Roma (1-2) 97-94 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Jerome Dyson who led the winners and scored 25 points. Vanoli Cremona’s coach tried various players’ combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn’t help to avoid defeat in this game. Virtus Roma’s next round opponent will be Pistoia (#16) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Cantu, where Cantu (1-1) lost at home to Grissin Bon RE (1-2) 75-92 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Gal Mekel who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Cantu’s coach Cesare Pancotto let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Grissin Bon RE will face Vanoli Cremona (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 3 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Milano defeated Trieste in a road game 88-73. Treviso beat Pistoia at home 87-72. Venezia lost to undefeated Virtus BO on the opponent’s court 70-75.
The best stats of 3rd round was 22 points and 7 assists by Milos Teodosic of Virtus BO.

Trento – Sassari 73-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Trento (2-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Sassari (3-0) 76-73. Sassari outrebounded Trento 42-21 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Jamel McLean (202-88, college: Xavier) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Sassari players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: UNC, agency: Two Points) answered with 16 points and the other American import forward Rashard Kelly (203-95, college: Wichita St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Trento. Trento’s coach Nicola Brienza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn’t help. Sassari will play against Trieste (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Trento will play against Brescia (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sassari: D.Evans 14+5reb+1ast, J.McLean 12+7reb+1ast, M.Vitali 12+5reb+1ast, D.Pierre 11+10reb+6ast, M.Bilan 10+8reb+1ast, M.Spissu 5+4reb+4ast
Trento: J.Knox 16+3reb+1ast, R.Kelly 12+5reb+3ast, A.Gentile 11+2reb+3ast, A.Forray 8+1reb+1ast, J.Blackmon Jr. 7+2reb+1ast, G.King 6+1reb+2ast

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Trieste – Milano 73-88

There was no surprise when Trieste (0-3) was defeated at home by Armani Milano (2-1) 88-73 on Sunday. Armani Milano made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Tunisian swingman Michael Roll (198-87, college: UCLA) who scored 22 points. Argentinian-Spanish power forward Luis Scola (206-80) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Panamanian-American forward Akil Mitchell (206-92, college: Virginia) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) added 9 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Armani Milano will face Brindisi (#4) at home in the next round. Trieste will play against Sassari (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Milano: M.Roll 22+3reb+3ast, S.Rodriguez 15+1reb+7ast, L.Scola 13+7reb+7ast, P.Biligha 10+2reb, K.Tarczewski 9+3reb+2ast, R.Moraschini 8+4reb+2ast
Trieste: H.Peric 11+2reb, A.Mitchell 11+12reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 9+3reb+3ast, J.Fernandez 8+5ast, D.Cooke Jr. 8+1reb, A.Strautins 7+4reb+2ast

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Brindisi – Brescia 88-78

The biggest surprise of round 3 in Serie A took place in Brindisi where host Brindisi (2-1) beat Brescia (2-1) 88-78 on Saturday evening. Brindisi made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Israeli Adrian Banks (191-86, college: Arkansas St.) who scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Darius Thompson (193-95, college: WKU) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kenneth Horton (201-89, college: CCSU) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brescia will play next round against Trento trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Brindisi will try to continue on its current victory against Armani Milano on the road.
Top scorers:
Brindisi: A.Banks 31+5reb+6ast, D.Thompson 18+3reb+4ast, J.Brown III 15+4reb+1ast, T.Stone 15+7reb+2ast, K.Martin 4+6reb, I.Ikangi 3+1reb
Brescia: A.Abass 15+2reb, K.Horton 14+8reb+1ast, T.Cain 13+6reb, T.Laquintana 11+1reb+1ast, D.Lansdowne 6+2ast, L.Vitali 6+4reb+2ast

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Virtus Roma – Cremona 97-94

A very interesting game took place in Roma. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Vanoli Cremona (1-1) to Virtus Roma (1-2) 97-94 on Sunday evening. Virtus Roma made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Virtus Roma had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Vanoli Cremona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) who led the winners and scored 25 points. His fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winning side. Four Virtus Roma players scored in double figures. American swingman Wesley Saunders (196-93, college: Harvard) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Travis Diener (185-82, college: Marquette) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for Vanoli Cremona in the defeat. Vanoli Cremona’s coach tried various players’ combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn’t help to avoid defeat in this game. Virtus Roma’s next round opponent will be Pistoia (#16) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Virtus Roma: J.Dyson 25+1reb+3ast, W.Buford 20+3reb+4ast, D.Jefferson 17+8reb+3ast, T.Kyzlink 11+7reb+3ast, M.Moore 8, T.Baldasso 7+4reb+3ast
Cremona: W.Saunders 19+6reb+4ast, T.Diener 18+1reb+5ast, M.Tiby 11+4reb, M.Ruzzier 11+1reb, J.Mathews 8+1reb, V.Stojanovic 8+3reb+2ast

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Varese – Fortitudo BO 83-60

Very important is a road loss of Fortitudo BO (2-1) against Openjobmetis VA (2-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Fortitudo BO was crushed by Openjobmetis VA in Varese 83-60. Openjobmetis VA outrebounded Fortitudo BO 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Estonian Siim-Sander Vene (201-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) helped adding 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (196-93) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Openjobmetis VA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fortitudo BO will play against Treviso and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Varese: S.Vene 19+5reb+3ast, I.Jakovics 19+1reb+1ast, J.Mayo 15+5reb+4ast, J.Simmons 9+13reb+4ast, M.Tambone 8+2reb+1ast, L.Peak 6+1reb
Fortitudo BO: P.Aradori 18+7reb+1ast, K.Robertson 15+1ast, M.Fantinelli 7+8reb+3ast, M.Leunen 7+3reb+3ast, R.Stipcevic 4+1reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 4+1reb

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Cantu – Reggio Emilia 75-92

We should mention about the upset which took place in Cantu, where Cantu (1-1) lost at home to Grissin Bon RE (1-2) 75-92 on Sunday. Grissin Bon RE made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Israeli point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Hungarian swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Grissin Bon RE players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Kevarrius Hayes (206-97, college: Florida) who recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Wes Clark (183-94, college: Buffalo) added 16 points respectively. Cantu’s coach Cesare Pancotto let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Grissin Bon RE will face Vanoli Cremona (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Reggio Emilia: D.Vojvoda 15+5reb+3ast, J.Owens 14+7reb+1ast, R.Upshaw 14+3reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 14+4reb, D.Johnson-Odom 13+1ast, G.Mekel 11+5reb+10ast
Cantu: K.Hayes 16+6reb+1ast, C.Young 16, W.Clark 16+1reb+3ast, J.Burnell 8+7reb+1ast, J.Wilson 7+3reb, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 6+1reb+4ast

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Treviso – Pistoia 87-72

Treviso used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Pistoia 87-72 on Sunday night. Treviso made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Pistoia turnovers. The best player for the winners was Tongan-New Zealand forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Treviso players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) who recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Australian center Angus Brandt (208-89, college: Oregon St.) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Treviso will face Fortitudo BO (#8) in Bologna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pistoia will play at home against Virtus Roma (#14) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Treviso: I.Fotu 17+5reb+1ast, D.Logan 17+2reb+2ast, A.Nikolic 15+2reb+5ast, L.Severini 11+4ast, C.Cooke 10+1ast, J.Parks 9+4reb+1ast
Pistoia: T.Petteway 17+5reb+5ast, J.Johnson 15+4reb, A.Brandt 14+8reb+1ast, Z.Dowdell 9+1reb+2ast, L.D’Ercole 5+4reb, A.Landi 5+1reb

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Virtus BO – Venezia 75-70

Very expected game in Bologna where Umana Venezia (1-2) was defeated by Virtus BO (3-0) 75-70 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Virtus BO looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who scored 22 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Dominican forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Virtus BO will face Pesaro (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Umana Venezia will play against Cantu (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Virtus BO: M.Teodosic 22+1reb+7ast, V.Hunter 16+3reb+1ast, K.Weems 14+5reb+4ast, S.Markovic 10+4reb+6ast, J.Gamble 6+9reb+2ast, G.Ricci 4+2reb
Venezia: M.Watt 16+8reb+1ast, M.Bramos 12+2reb+2ast, A.Daye 12+9reb+1ast, A.De Nicolao 10+3reb+2ast, A.Filloy 9+1reb+3ast, J.Chappell 7+6reb+1ast

gschID: 759993

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youtube Round 3 means everything may happen in Serie A as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL. The biggest surprise of round 3 in Serie A took place in Brindisi where host Brindisi (2-1) beat Brescia (2-1) 88-78 on Saturday evening. Brindisi made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) d…  
Round 3 means everything may happen in Serie A as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin. Here is the last round review presented by ESL.

The biggest surprise of round 3 in Serie A took place in Brindisi where host Brindisi (2-1) beat Brescia (2-1) 88-78 on Saturday evening. Brindisi made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Israeli Adrian Banks (191-86, college: Arkansas St.) who scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Darius Thompson (193-95, college: WKU) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kenneth Horton (201-89, college: CCSU) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brescia will play next round against Trento trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Brindisi will try to continue on its current victory against Armani Milano on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Trento (2-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Sassari (3-0) 76-73. It was a good game for Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamel McLean contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: UNC, agency: Two Points) answered with 16 points for Trento. Trento’s coach Nicola Brienza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn’t help. Sassari will play against Trieste (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Trento will play against Brescia (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of Fortitudo BO (2-1) against Openjobmetis VA (2-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Fortitudo BO was crushed by Openjobmetis VA in Varese 83-60. It was a great evening for Siim-Sander Vene who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Pietro Aradori with 18 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Openjobmetis VA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fortitudo BO will play against Treviso and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Roma. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Vanoli Cremona (1-1) to Virtus Roma (1-2) 97-94 on Sunday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Jerome Dyson who led the winners and scored 25 points. Vanoli Cremona’s coach tried various players’ combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn’t help to avoid defeat in this game. Virtus Roma’s next round opponent will be Pistoia (#16) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Cantu, where Cantu (1-1) lost at home to Grissin Bon RE (1-2) 75-92 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Gal Mekel who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Cantu’s coach Cesare Pancotto let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Grissin Bon RE will face Vanoli Cremona (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

Other games of round 3 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Milano defeated Trieste in a road game 88-73. Treviso beat Pistoia at home 87-72. Venezia lost to undefeated Virtus BO on the opponent’s court 70-75.
The best stats of 3rd round was 22 points and 7 assists by Milos Teodosic of Virtus BO.

Trento – Sassari 73-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Trento (2-1) at the home court. Hosts were edged by Sassari (3-0) 76-73. Sassari outrebounded Trento 42-21 including a 28-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Canadian forward Dyshawn Pierre (198-93, college: Dayton) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Jamel McLean (202-88, college: Xavier) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Sassari players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Knox (205-89, college: UNC, agency: Two Points) answered with 16 points and the other American import forward Rashard Kelly (203-95, college: Wichita St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Trento. Trento’s coach Nicola Brienza rotated ten players in this game, but that didn’t help. Sassari will play against Trieste (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Trento will play against Brescia (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sassari: D.Evans 14+5reb+1ast, J.McLean 12+7reb+1ast, M.Vitali 12+5reb+1ast, D.Pierre 11+10reb+6ast, M.Bilan 10+8reb+1ast, M.Spissu 5+4reb+4ast
Trento: J.Knox 16+3reb+1ast, R.Kelly 12+5reb+3ast, A.Gentile 11+2reb+3ast, A.Forray 8+1reb+1ast, J.Blackmon Jr. 7+2reb+1ast, G.King 6+1reb+2ast

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Trieste – Milano 73-88

There was no surprise when Trieste (0-3) was defeated at home by Armani Milano (2-1) 88-73 on Sunday. Armani Milano made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Tunisian swingman Michael Roll (198-87, college: UCLA) who scored 22 points. Argentinian-Spanish power forward Luis Scola (206-80) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Panamanian-American forward Akil Mitchell (206-92, college: Virginia) who recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and forward Matteo Da-Ros (204-89) added 9 points respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Armani Milano will face Brindisi (#4) at home in the next round. Trieste will play against Sassari (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Milano: M.Roll 22+3reb+3ast, S.Rodriguez 15+1reb+7ast, L.Scola 13+7reb+7ast, P.Biligha 10+2reb, K.Tarczewski 9+3reb+2ast, R.Moraschini 8+4reb+2ast
Trieste: H.Peric 11+2reb, A.Mitchell 11+12reb+1ast, M.Da Ros 9+3reb+3ast, J.Fernandez 8+5ast, D.Cooke Jr. 8+1reb, A.Strautins 7+4reb+2ast

gschID: 759987

Brindisi – Brescia 88-78

The biggest surprise of round 3 in Serie A took place in Brindisi where host Brindisi (2-1) beat Brescia (2-1) 88-78 on Saturday evening. Brindisi made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American-Israeli Adrian Banks (191-86, college: Arkansas St.) who scored 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. American guard Darius Thompson (193-95, college: WKU) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Kenneth Horton (201-89, college: CCSU) who recorded 14 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import power forward Tyler Cain (203-88, college: S.Dakota) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brescia will play next round against Trento trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Brindisi will try to continue on its current victory against Armani Milano on the road.
Top scorers:
Brindisi: A.Banks 31+5reb+6ast, D.Thompson 18+3reb+4ast, J.Brown III 15+4reb+1ast, T.Stone 15+7reb+2ast, K.Martin 4+6reb, I.Ikangi 3+1reb
Brescia: A.Abass 15+2reb, K.Horton 14+8reb+1ast, T.Cain 13+6reb, T.Laquintana 11+1reb+1ast, D.Lansdowne 6+2ast, L.Vitali 6+4reb+2ast

gschID: 759988

Virtus Roma – Cremona 97-94

A very interesting game took place in Roma. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Vanoli Cremona (1-1) to Virtus Roma (1-2) 97-94 on Sunday evening. Virtus Roma made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Virtus Roma had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Vanoli Cremona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American Jerome Dyson (191-87, college: Connecticut) who led the winners and scored 25 points. His fellow American import forward Davon Jefferson (204-86, college: USC) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winning side. Four Virtus Roma players scored in double figures. American swingman Wesley Saunders (196-93, college: Harvard) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international point guard Travis Diener (185-82, college: Marquette) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively for Vanoli Cremona in the defeat. Vanoli Cremona’s coach tried various players’ combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn’t help to avoid defeat in this game. Virtus Roma’s next round opponent will be Pistoia (#16) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Virtus Roma: J.Dyson 25+1reb+3ast, W.Buford 20+3reb+4ast, D.Jefferson 17+8reb+3ast, T.Kyzlink 11+7reb+3ast, M.Moore 8, T.Baldasso 7+4reb+3ast
Cremona: W.Saunders 19+6reb+4ast, T.Diener 18+1reb+5ast, M.Tiby 11+4reb, M.Ruzzier 11+1reb, J.Mathews 8+1reb, V.Stojanovic 8+3reb+2ast

gschID: 759989

Varese – Fortitudo BO 83-60

Very important is a road loss of Fortitudo BO (2-1) against Openjobmetis VA (2-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Fortitudo BO was crushed by Openjobmetis VA in Varese 83-60. Openjobmetis VA outrebounded Fortitudo BO 40-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for Estonian Siim-Sander Vene (201-90) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Jeremy Simmons (204-89, college: Charleston) helped adding 9 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was the former international Pietro Aradori (194-88) with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Matteo Fantinelli (196-93) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Openjobmetis VA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Fortitudo BO will play against Treviso and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Varese: S.Vene 19+5reb+3ast, I.Jakovics 19+1reb+1ast, J.Mayo 15+5reb+4ast, J.Simmons 9+13reb+4ast, M.Tambone 8+2reb+1ast, L.Peak 6+1reb
Fortitudo BO: P.Aradori 18+7reb+1ast, K.Robertson 15+1ast, M.Fantinelli 7+8reb+3ast, M.Leunen 7+3reb+3ast, R.Stipcevic 4+1reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 4+1reb

gschID: 759990

Cantu – Reggio Emilia 75-92

We should mention about the upset which took place in Cantu, where Cantu (1-1) lost at home to Grissin Bon RE (1-2) 75-92 on Sunday. Grissin Bon RE made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was Israeli point guard Gal Mekel (190-88, college: Wichita St., agency: BeoBasket) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Hungarian swingman David Vojvoda (196-90) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Grissin Bon RE players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Kevarrius Hayes (206-97, college: Florida) who recorded 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Wes Clark (183-94, college: Buffalo) added 16 points respectively. Cantu’s coach Cesare Pancotto let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Grissin Bon RE will face Vanoli Cremona (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Reggio Emilia: D.Vojvoda 15+5reb+3ast, J.Owens 14+7reb+1ast, R.Upshaw 14+3reb+1ast, S.Fontecchio 14+4reb, D.Johnson-Odom 13+1ast, G.Mekel 11+5reb+10ast
Cantu: K.Hayes 16+6reb+1ast, C.Young 16, W.Clark 16+1reb+3ast, J.Burnell 8+7reb+1ast, J.Wilson 7+3reb, Y.Jefferson Rodriguez 6+1reb+4ast

gschID: 759991

Treviso – Pistoia 87-72

Treviso used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Pistoia 87-72 on Sunday night. Treviso made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Pistoia turnovers. The best player for the winners was Tongan-New Zealand forward Isaac Fotu (203-93, college: Hawaii) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Slovenian point guard Aleksej Nikolic (191-95) chipped in 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Four Treviso players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Terran Petteway (198-92, college: Nebraska) who recorded 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Australian center Angus Brandt (208-89, college: Oregon St.) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Treviso will face Fortitudo BO (#8) in Bologna in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pistoia will play at home against Virtus Roma (#14) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Treviso: I.Fotu 17+5reb+1ast, D.Logan 17+2reb+2ast, A.Nikolic 15+2reb+5ast, L.Severini 11+4ast, C.Cooke 10+1ast, J.Parks 9+4reb+1ast
Pistoia: T.Petteway 17+5reb+5ast, J.Johnson 15+4reb, A.Brandt 14+8reb+1ast, Z.Dowdell 9+1reb+2ast, L.D’Ercole 5+4reb, A.Landi 5+1reb

gschID: 759992

Virtus BO – Venezia 75-70

Very expected game in Bologna where Umana Venezia (1-2) was defeated by Virtus BO (3-0) 75-70 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Virtus BO looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic (195-87) who scored 22 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Kyle Weems (198-89, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Dominican forward Mitchell Watt (208-89, college: Buffalo) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Austin Daye (211-88, college: Gonzaga, agency: Alti Sport) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Virtus BO will face Pesaro (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Umana Venezia will play against Cantu (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Virtus BO: M.Teodosic 22+1reb+7ast, V.Hunter 16+3reb+1ast, K.Weems 14+5reb+4ast, S.Markovic 10+4reb+6ast, J.Gamble 6+9reb+2ast, G.Ricci 4+2reb
Venezia: M.Watt 16+8reb+1ast, M.Bramos 12+2reb+2ast, A.Daye 12+9reb+1ast, A.De Nicolao 10+3reb+2ast, A.Filloy 9+1reb+3ast, J.Chappell 7+6reb+1ast

gschID: 759993

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youtube Anibal Zahle (LBL) signed 26-year old American guard Melvin Johnson (193-88kg-93, college: VCU). He played last season at Unieuro Forli in Italian Serie A2. In 32 games he had 14.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg. The previous (2018) summer Johnson played at Ram Nation in U.S. semi-pro league The Basketball Tournament. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. Johnson was voted NABC All-District 4 1st Team back in 2016 at his college time. Johnson h…  

Anibal Zahle (LBL) signed 26-year old American guard Melvin Johnson (193-88kg-93, college: VCU). He played last season at Unieuro Forli in Italian Serie A2. In 32 games he had 14.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.9apg and 1.5spg.
The previous (2018) summer Johnson played at Ram Nation in U.S. semi-pro league The Basketball Tournament.
He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Johnson was voted NABC All-District 4 1st Team back in 2016 at his college time.
Johnson has played also professionally for other Italian teams like Italy for Openjobmetis VA Derthona Basket Tortona.
He attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2016 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center

Tags : MELVIN JOHNSON, ANIBAL ZAHLE, LEBANESE BASKETBALL, LEBANESE TRANSACTIONS

youtube Here is the weekly review of the top performing Italian players, who play currently abroad. Frankie Ferrari (185-PG-95) led La ICL Manresa to a victory over the league outsider Unicaja Malaga in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night’s game.   
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Italian players, who play currently abroad.
   #1. This week’s number one is an international forward Luigi Datome (203-87, currently plays in Turkey). Datome was the major contributor in Fenerbahce‘s victory against the 14th-ranked ITU BB (0-1) crushing them 90-57 in a derby game in the Turkish BSL last Sunday. He recorded 14 points. It was his first game for Fenerbahce this season. His team is placed in the BSL. It’s Datome’s fifth year with the team. Datome is currently a member of the Italian senior national team.
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Daniel Hackett (193-87, college: USC, currently plays in VTB United League). Hackett could not help one of league’s weakest teams CSKA (1-1) to beat Enisey (1-0). He recorded 9 points and added 6 assists in 28 minutes. But CSKA lost 71-80 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Enisey. But there are still lots of games to play and it’s a long way to go. This year Hackett averages: 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2FGP: 44.4% in two games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Hackett is in the roster of the Italian senior national team. He used to play for Scavolini Pesaro in Italian league.
   #3. The Italian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international forward Achille Polonara (203-91, currently plays in Spain). Polonara contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Movil Estudiantes (1-1) crushing them 105-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Friday night’s game. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 11 minutes. Kirolbet Baskonia Vitoriais placed second in the Liga Endesa. This year Polonara’s overall stats are: 5.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 66.7% in two games. Former Fortitudo Teramo starter played for the Italian national team one years ago.
   #4. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89, currently plays in Switzerland) was not able to help Lugano Tigers in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Lugano Tigers were defeated 87-82 at home by the higher-ranked Neuchatel (#4). Portannese recorded 17 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!). It was his first game for Lugano Tigers this season. Portannese has a dual citizenship: Italian and Swiss. He used to play for the Italian U18 national team back in 2007.
   #5. International shooting guard Diego Flaccadori (194-96, currently plays in Germany) managed to help FC Bayern Muenchen in a victory against the 15th-ranked Hamburg (0-1) crushing them 111-55 in the German BBL in Monday night’s game. Flaccadori recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes. It was his first game for Bayern Muenchen this season. His team is placed second in the BBL. Flaccadori plays currently for the Italian national team.
   #6. An experienced forward Sasha Matthias Grant (198-2, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a FC Bayern II‘s victory against the seventh-ranked Giessen 46ers II (1-1) 80-76 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night’s game. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 26 minutes. It was his first game for FC Bayern II this season. His team is placed fourth in South group. Grant is U18 international player who is currently on the Italian National Team roster.

The list of other players, who all have Italian passport but never been selected to any of Italian national teams:

   #1. Frankie Ferrari (185-PG-95, college: USF, currently plays in Spain) led La ICL Manresa to a victory over the league outsider Unicaja Malaga (0-2) 79-69 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Wednesday night’s game. He was MVP of the game. Ferrari had a double-double by scoring 25 points and making 10 passes. He also added 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. It was his first game for La ICL Manresa this season; quite an impressive performance considering it’s only Ferrari’s first season in pro basketball. His team is placed ninth in the Liga Endesa. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Ferrari is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Italy.

   #2. Experienced Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, currently plays in Spain) could not help CB Canarias (1-1) in their last game. Despite his very good performance CB Canarias lost 67-81 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) RETAbet BB. Huertas was the second best scorer with 21 points. He also added 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) in 32 minutes. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Huertas has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 16.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.0apg and 1.5spg in two games he played so far. Huertas has a dual citizenship: Brazilian and Italian.

   #3. Henry Caruso (193-F/G-95, college: Santa Clara, currently plays in Holland) was the major contributor in a Den Bosch‘s victory against the seventh-ranked Leeuwarden (0-1) crushing them 85-60 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Sunday night’s game. He recorded 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Den Bosch this season; not bad, considering it’s only Caruso’s second season in pro basketball. His team is placed second in the Eredivisie. But the season is still in it’s first stage and everything can happen. Caruso is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Italy.

   #4. Adam Sollazzo (198-G-90, agency: HMS, college: ETSU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Gipuzkoa (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Sollazzo’s good performance Gipuzkoa was defeated 68-58 in Granada by the much higher-ranked CB Granada (#4). He was the second best scorer with 11 points. It was his first game for Gipuzkoa this season. Sollazzo is a naturalized American. He used to play for Acmar Ravenna in Italian league.

   #5. Niksha Federico (201-G/F-95, agency: Two Points, college: Hawaii Pacific, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 15th-ranked Marin (0-1) 82-66 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) last Wednesday. He recorded 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Carramimbre this season. His team is placed ninth in the LEB Gold. Federico is a naturalized American. Strangely he has never played in Italy.

   #6. Michal Jodlowski (208-C/F-98, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Poland) managed to help WKS Slask Wroclaw in a victory against one of league’s weakest teams HydroTruck Radom 111-95 in the Polish EBL on Thursday night. Jodlowski recorded only 3 points in 4 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Slask this season. Jodlowski is another player who holds two passports: Italian and Polish.

   #7. Peter Olisemeka (207-C-91, also represented by HMS, currently plays in Poland) was not able to secure a victory for Spojnia Stargard in their game against Asseco Arka in the Polish EBL. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. It was his first game for Spojnia Stargard this season. His team was defeated 76-65. Olisemeka has both Nigerian and Italian nationalities.

   #8. Jayson Granger (189-PG-89, currently plays in Spain) contributed to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked Movil Estudiantes crushing them 105-82 in the Spanish Liga Endesa last Friday. Granger recorded only 2 points in 1 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Baskonia this season. Granger also holds two passports: Uruguayan and Italian. Worth to mention he played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

   #9. Dario Fiorentino (206-PF-86, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a SG Schwelmer Baskets‘ victory against the 11th-ranked Oldenburg 83-77 in the German ProB (third division) last Saturday. He scored 7 points. Fiorentino’s total stats this season are: 4.5ppg and 2.5rpg. He holds both Italian and German passports.

   #10. Anthony Libroia (180-PG-94, college: Adelphi, currently plays in Spain) helped Zamorano win their game against the 11th-ranked Algeciras 78-74 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Wednesday night. Libroia scored 15 points in 30 minutes. Libroia has relatively good stats this year: 10.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 2.0apg in three games. He is a naturalized American. Strangely Libroia has never played in Italy.


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