2021-22Regular SeasonRound 5
November 16, 2021 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 VIRTUS SEGAFREDO ARENA

Virtus holds off Reyer in all-Italian clash

Virtus Segafredo Bologna got back to its winning ways by using a big start to the third quarter to down visiting Umana Reyer Venice 90-84 in an all-Italian League clash on Tuesday night. Virtus snapped its two-game losing streak to improve to 3-2, while Reyer dropped to 2-3. The teams traded blows for the majority of the first half before Virtus used a 15-3 run to open a 42-32 lead. The hosts then started the third quarter with a 14-2 run to break the game open. Reyer came back within 3 points several times, but Virtus held on. Kevin Hervey led in victory with 26 points and Milos Teodosic had 22 points and 7 assists. Isaia Cordinier added 13 points for Virtus. Michele Vitali scored a career-high 26, Austin Daye had 15 points and 7 rebounds and Mitchell Watt added 13 points in a losing effort.

Hervey hit a three-pointer for Virtus in the early going, but Vitali scored 8 consecutive points for the visitors, including a pair of triples to make it 8-10. But close-range baskets from Teodosic and Hervey put Virtus back in front and started a 14-2 run during which Hervey and Cordinier scored inside and Ty-Shon Alexander hit from long range. Tarik Phillip nailed a triple late in the first quarter for Reyer to make it 24-15. 

Victor Sanders made a floater and Daye knocked down a three-pointer early in the second to trim the margin to 24-20. Cordinier had a basket-plus-foul for the hosts, but Watt scored 7 straight points, including a three-point play that put Reyer up 27-29 midway through the quarter. Hervey quickly restored Virtus's lead, and the hosts kept making defensive stops. Teodosic scored 7 points, including a turnaround triple to open a 40-31 margin, and the hosts went up by 10 before Phillip's triple and Vitali's jumper made it 45-37 at halftime.

Virtus scored the first 6 points of the third quarter, with Mam Jaiteh and Hervey scoring from close range. The hosts did not allow a basket for more than 3 minutes to open the second half, before a triple apiece from Kyle Weems and Hervey helped open a 59-39 lead. Watt snapped the drought before Vitali and Daye each had a three-pointer to halve the deficit, 61-51. Hervey snapped a 0-10 run, and Virtus took a 69-59 advantage into the fourth quarter. 

Vitali and Hervey traded triples to open the fourth before Martynas Echodas fought for a put-back dunk and Jeff Brooks had a basket-plus-foul to cut it to 72-68. Teodosic had a three-point play and a floater, but Sanders had a long jumper and a three-pointer before Daye banked in a tough runner to make it 79-76. Teodosic fed Jaiteh for a layup, but Daye's tough triple with 1:39 to go cut it again to 84-81. Another assist from Teodosic set up another easy layup, this time for Hervey, and then Teodosic took it to the rim himself to seal the deal in the final minute.

Big runs paved way for Virtus

Virtus used two big runs, first late in the second quarter and another to open the third quarter to turn a small deficit into a 20-point lead and pave its way to victory. Reyer was up 27-29 with 4:40 to go in the second quarter, but Virtus scored the next 6 points to spark a 15-3 run during which made it 42-32. 

Virtus pulled away to a 20-point lead at the start of the third quarter. The hosts did not allow a point for more than 3 minutes to open the second half, scoring the first 6 points of the third quarter then back-to-back triples from Kyle Weems and Kevin Hervey in a 14-2 run that opened a 59-39 margin. Reyer melted the margin, but these two runs were the key for Virtus on this night.

What's in the steals?

Virtus finished the night by forcing 20 turnovers and swiping 14 steals. It led to many transition baskets for Virtus, which thrives in those situations with Milos Teodosic running the offense. After Tuesday's game, Virtus is the season leader in steals, with 10.2 per game, and one of only three teams in the competition averaging 10 or more steals.

What makes this interesting is that after Tuesday night there have been only six games this season where a team had 13 or more steals. It is astonishing that half of those six performances belong to Virtus, which previously had 13 steals in a win over ratiopharm Ulm and a loss against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica. 

Vitali's career night

A big reason why Reyer was not out of this game until the very last minute, despite being down by 20 points midway through the third quarter, was Michele Vitali. The Reyer guard was hot from the start, stringing together 8 points in the opening minutes and he continued in that manner throughout the night. Vitali stopped at 26 points, shattering his previous career-high of 12. 

On the night, playing almost 32 minutes, Vitali made both of his two-point shots, knocked down 5 of 7 triples and was perfect in 7 trips to the free-throw line. He added 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals to his tally. His PIR 36 also shattered his previous best of 16 and was the best for a Reyer player in more than two years.

Kevin Hervey - Virtus Segafredo Bologna (photo Virtus) - EC21
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
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Referees: LEZCANO, LEANDRO; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR; CELIK, HUSEYIN
Attendance: 2477
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Virtus Segafredo Bologna24212421
Umana Reyer Venice15222225
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Virtus Segafredo Bologna24456990
Umana Reyer Venice15375984
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 TESSITORI, AMEDEO 13:07 2 1/2   0/1 1   1     2     2 1 -2
00 CORDINIER, ISAIA 20:50 13 5/5   3/3 1 2 3   1 2     4 4 15
1 MANNION, NICCOLO 6:48   0/1 0/2         2 1       1 1  
6 PAJOLA, ALESSANDRO 25:50 6 1/1   4/4   3 3 4 1 2     2 3 13
7 ALIBEGOVIC, AMAR 13:45   0/1             2 2     3 2 -2
8 HERVEY, KEVIN 28:54 26 7/11 3/6 3/6 1 3 4 2 4 1 2     4 31
11 RUZZIER, MICHELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 JAITEH, MAM 14:47 5 2/2   1/4 1 5 6     1 1   4 3 7
15 ALEXANDER, TY-SHON 16:33 5 0/2 1/2 2/2   1 1   1         2 6
25 SAMPSON, JAKARR 8:42 4 2/4   0/1 1 2 3 1 3 1   1 2 1 5
34 WEEMS, KYLE 23:17 7 1/3 1/1 2/3   1 1 1         4 1 3
44 TEODOSIC, MILOS 27:27 22 4/9 1/5 11/12   2 2 7 1 4     2 6 22
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 90 23/41 6/16 26/36 7 22 29 17 14 15 3 1 24 28 103
        56.1% 37.5% 72.2%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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
Umana Reyer Venice
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 STONE, JULYAN 18:34     0/1   1 3 4 3 2 2 1   5 1 3
7 TONUT, STEFANO 22:52   0/5       2 2 3   1   1 2 3 -1
9 DAYE, AUSTIN 23:05 15 3/4 3/5   1 6 7 3   3     3 1 17
10 DE NICOLAO, ANDREA 16:13     0/1         2 1 2     4 1 -3
11 SANDERS, VICTOR 15:47 9 3/4 1/5   1   1 2 3 1   1 4   4
12 PHILLIP, TARIK 12:51 9 1/4 2/5 1/2                 1 3 4
14 ECHODAS, MARTYNAS 8:49 4 2/4     2 1 3     2     2   1
22 MAZZOLA, VALERIO 3:32     0/2   1   1             1  
23 BROOKS, JEFF 22:22 8 2/3 0/2 4/6 4 4 8 1 1 2   1 2 4 12
30 CERELLA, BRUNO 3:54     0/1                       -1
31 VITALI, MICHELE 31:46 26 2/2 5/7 7/7   5 5 2 2 2     1 6 36
50 WATT, MITCHELL 20:15 13 5/9   3/3 1 2 3     5     5 3 5
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 84 18/35 11/29 15/18 13 26 39 16 9 20 1 3 29 23 82
        51.4% 37.9% 83.3%
Head coach: DE RAFFAELE, WALTER

Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
"I am extremely pleased with this win. I think it is one of those wins which makes you grow as a team. One of the wins I am most proud of in this first part of the season. We had to navigate through a lot of difficulties, game-ending injuries, foul trouble. And I want to give special credit to Milos Teodosic and Kevin Hervey who made a special personal effort to play this game. For different reasons, they might have not played this game. I am really proud of them, how they stepped up and showed their commitment. We played many great minutes on both ends of the floor. Our defense was really good during many many many minutes, a little bit more every day. I think we lost a few rebounds which we should have controlled more but our guards got to help more on that, and of course, our bigs need to make a better effort. But overall, against a tough team like Venice, very experienced, very organized, very solid and tough, I think we did a really good job. I think we ended up really gassed at the end, people had to make a special effort to compensate for a shorter rotation. But we still did not give up, tried to play with energy, play with high intensity and in the end we were really out of gas. But we could keep the grip on the game, and held against their very good comeback."
DE RAFFAELE, WALTER
Umana Reyer Venice
"Congratulations to Virtus. At the end, they probably deserved to win this game. For our game, we played almost good in the first two quarters. We tried to compete in every situation. We had a really bad starttof the third quarter where we really struggled in every situation, and we had a great comeback. The difference at the end were details, like turnovers, executions. We had a chance to tie the game, but we struggled a lot. Then in the end, Teodosic managed all the situations."

Players

HERVEY, KEVIN
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
"It feels good to win. We have some guys out right now, some guys banged up. But we fought. That is what we do, we fight."