2019-20Top 16Round 3
January 21, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 BLM GROUP ARENA

Virtus survives Trento's late rally

Segafredo Virtus Bologna grabbed a valuable Top 16 Group E win by downing Dolomiti Energia Trento 67-73 on the road at BLM Group Arena on Tuesday. The visitors amassed and early 10-26 lead and dominated for the first 30 minutes, but a late rally led by Toto Forray put the hosts in front 61-57 with 5 minutes remaining. Milos Teodosic took charge then with 7 points in a 4-16 final run that sealed the win for the visitors. Virtus improved to 2-1 while Trento suffered its third loss in a row to remain winless. Teodosic led the winners with 23 points and 5 assists. Julian Gamble followed him with 13 points and 11 rebounds for a PIR of 28, while Vince Hunter scored 11 for Virtus. Forray matched his career-high with 24 points for the losers.

Virtus didn't need more than a couple of minutes to take off on inside buckets by Julian Gamble, a three-pointer by Stefan Markovic and a layup by Giampaolo Ricci that made it 0-9 soon after tipoff. Trento was unable to connect on offense, as even though Fabio Mian and Forray each hit from downtown, several turnovers allowed Virtus to find easy baskets in transition. Back-to-back triples by Teodosic made it 6-19 midway through the first quarter. Aaron Craft tried to reactivate Trento, but the visitors' second-unit retained a 13-26 lead after 10 minutes. James Blackmon awakened Trento with 5 points early in the second quarter. Forray kept the fire burning to bring Trento within 30-35 entering the last minute before free throws by Markovic helped Virtus reach halftime in charge, 30-39. Forray and Mian kept pushing the hosts hard after the break, combining on 8 points that trimmed the difference to 40-44. Virtus resisted by increasing its defensive effort, but was unable to find good shots of its own. Free throws by Hunter an acrobatic layup by Teodosic kept Virtus ahead 42-50, but Blackmon responded quickly from behind the arc. Hunter raised the Virtus lead but Andrea Mezzanote responded for Trento from deep for a 48-54 score through three quarters. Craft hit Rashard Kelly with 2 assists and Forray dropped a nice floater to complete Trento's comeback to at 54-54 with 7 minutes remaining. Forray's 3 free throws soon capped a 12-0 run with Trento ahead 57-54, but Teodosic responded with a game-tying triple, ending his team's four-minute scoring drought. Forray and Teodosic continued challenging each other on offense until Gamble dunked to make it 63-65 entering the last 2 minutes. Teodosic continued shining with 4 straight points to give Virtus a 65-69 edge. A highlight alley-oop dunk by Hunter and a fastbreak layup by Markovic sealed the outcome for the visitors.

Teodosic, once again

These two had rivals just met at the same venue on the first Sunday of January, when Virtus took a 77-83 road win in the Italian League. Milos Teodosic starred with 30 points that time, and on Tuesday he was the executioner again, scoring 23 and hitting crucial shots in the last quarter.

27 minutes without a triple

Virtus started the game at full-throttle, building a solid 10-26 lead on 4-for-6 three-point shooting. Alessandro Pajola hit the fourth of those with 2 minutes and 54 seconds remaining in the first quarter. For long after that, however, Virtus missed on every three-point try until Teodosic connected with 6:08 to go in the last period. A total of 27 minutes had passed and Virtus had missed 14 triples between the ones made by Pajola and Teodosic.

Did you notice?

This was Trento's first loss against an Italian team in the 7DAYS EuroCup. They had beaten Reggio Emilia and AX Armani Exchange Milan twice each back in the 2015-2016 season, when Trento made it to the semifinals.

Next round

Both teams will face each other again in another all-Italian clash next week, but this time at the Paladozza, Bologna, on Wednesday, January 29.

Milos Teodosic - Segafredo Virtus Bologna (photo Trento) - EC19
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO; RADOJKOVIC, JOSIP ; SUKYS, ARTURAS
Attendance: 1664 (Tentative)
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Dolomiti Energia Trento13171819
Segafredo Virtus Bologna26131519
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Dolomiti Energia Trento13304867
Segafredo Virtus Bologna26395473
Dolomiti Energia Trento
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 KELLY, RASHARD 29:23 8 4/9 0/3     7 7 2 1 1 2 1 4 1 7
1 BLACKMON, JAMES 30:00 9 1/4 2/9 1/1 1 4 5 1   4       4 5
4 CRAFT, AARON 34:54 9 4/11   1/3 1 4 5 9 4 2     3 2 15
7 PASCOLO, DAVIDE 24:50 6 3/5 0/1   3 5 8 2 1 2     1 1 12
9 MIAN, FABIO 20:57 8   2/5 2/2 1 1 2 1 2 1     1 3 11
10 FORRAY, TOTO 33:12 24 6/11 3/8 3/3 2 2 4 2 2 5   3 4 2 12
13 KNOX, JUSTIN 10:46   0/1     1 1 2     1     4 1 -3
14 MEZZANOTTE, ANDREA 13:06 3 0/1 1/1                 1 4 1 -2
20 VOLTOLINI, ALESSANDRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 LADURNER, MAXIMILIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 LECHTHALER, LUCA 2:52           1 1           2   -1
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 67 18/42 8/27 7/9 11 28 39 17 10 17 2 5 23 15 60
        42.9% 29.6% 77.8%
Head coach: BRIENZA, NICOLA
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Segafredo Virtus Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 GAINES, FRANK 14:06   0/2 0/3           1 1     2 1 -6
6 PAJOLA, ALESSANDRO 10:13 3   1/1     3 3   1       1 2 8
8 BALDI ROSSI, FILIPPO 15:56 4 2/3     1 4 5 2 1 1     2 1 9
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 32:16 8 1/3 1/6 3/4   2 2 7 4 1       3 15
11 RICCI, GIAMPAOLO 24:04 7 2/3 1/4   2 1 3 3   3 1   1 2 8
16 DELIA, MARCOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 COURNOOH, DAVID 10:23 2 1/1 0/1           1 2     4   -4
32 HUNTER, VINCE 18:04 11 3/9   5/8 2 3 5 1 1 2   1 1 5 10
34 WEEMS, KYLE 23:50 2 1/1 0/3   1 2 3 4   2     2   2
35 NIKOLIC, STEFAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 TEODOSIC, MILOS 28:18 23 4/5 4/8 3/4   3 3 5 1 3 1 1 2 3 24
45 GAMBLE, JULIAN 22:50 13 6/8   1/3 3 8 11   1 2 3     6 28
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 73 20/35 7/26 12/19 10 30 40 22 11 17 5 2 15 23 99
        57.1% 26.9% 63.2%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

BRIENZA, NICOLA
Dolomiti Energia Trento
"Congratulations to Bolonia for the win. We tried to fight for the game, as we were supposed to. At the end, like it happened in the previous game in our league, they came better in the last period, and their knowledge made the difference. We fought and came back in the last period, and this is a very important step for us like a team. We will try to continue to fight like we did today."
DJORDJEVIC, SASA
Segafredo Virtus Bologna
"It was a big win for us because it's not easy to win twice away in such a short period. We knew it was going to be a tough game because we know Trento is a team, a club with character. And they showed it today. They showed a lot of pride, and that's how they play. We had a lot of individual defensive mistakes, in an unacceptable way at this level. Our players must respect what we practice and how we play in order to play a game of this level, of this competition, of any competition."

Players

GAMBLE, JULIAN
Segafredo Virtus Bologna
"We have been really focused on getting better in rebounding. We wanted to limit them in offensive rebounding and getting more possessions. We feel like we are a very good offensive team, so if we have the ball, we will have great chances to score. Going on the road and playing this team is difficult. They always fight, no matter if they have a guy out, they are going to fight. The fans really push them, and we pushed ourselves to get this win, which is a very important win for us. Our goal is the championship, but we have to work one day at a time. We can't do it today or tomorrow, but with our culture, the way we can say we are trying to build, and with our coaching staff, everything is possible."