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De Colo’s historic night was spoiled and Virtus made a jump of eight!


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Continuity in its upward course was given by Virtus Bolognaleaving with a great double from “Astroball” on her Villerban (64-77), in the context of the 23rd Euroleague game.

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In a night where the Nando De Colo wrote his name in “golden” letters in the basketball books, surpassing him Nikos Galis top scorer in the European Cups, Virtus were better for most of the match and cruised to their eleventh win of the season (11-12 and 12th place).

Leading for the winners was Belinelli with 21 points, while important solutions were given by Cordinier (10p., 5r., 5as.) and Sengelia (10 p., 4 p.). For the French, who dropped to 17th place in the standings with an 8-15 record, stood out De Colo with 15 points and 6 assists.

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The match

Explosive start to the match for the Virtus Bologna, which thanks to her excellent defense got away with 9-2 at 3′. The shots of Nando De Colo, with which he broke the record of Nikos Galis, as well as the consecutive three-pointers of the French, turned the match upside down for the 12-9 at 5′. However, the Italians reacted immediately and with a partial score of 12-2, they closed the first quarter in front with score 21-14.

Yes, their three points Mayonnaise and Belinelli early in the second period, they blew the lead at +12 for Sergio Scariolo’s team (17-29). And while the visitors kept the difference in double digits with relative comfort, the French, with an outburst in the last three minutes, reduced the score, for the 39-37 in the first half.

With two big shots from De Colo and Caudi early in the second half, Villeurbanne leveled the match for 44-44 at 24′. At that point, however, Virtus skyrocketed its performance on the court, “locking” with its defense the attacking strengths of the home team. Which resulted in the Italians going on an 11-4 run in the remaining minutes of the quarter, closing out the third period at +7 and 55-48.

Belinelli’s three-pointer and Paiola’s five-point streak put the Italians ahead for the first time at +15 (48-63 at 32′). A difference that turned out to be irreversible for the French, who until the end of the match could not bring it down to double digits. Somehow, Virtus easily cruised to victory with score 77-64.

The quarters: 14-21, 37-39, 48-55, 64-77.

See here the statistics of the match.

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