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Allianz Derthona vice champion of the IBSA Next Gen Cup 2023/24: at the Final Eight in Trento, knocked out in the final against Milan

Allianz Derthona vice champion of the IBSA Next Gen Cup 2023/24: at the Final Eight in Trento, knocked out in the final against Milan

Allianz Derthona Tortona – EA7 Emporio Armani Milan 76-79

(19-18, 38-33, 60-55)


Derthona: Albertinazzi, Baldi 25, Korlatovic ne, Tambwe 15, Diodati, Josovic 17, Conte 11, Fogliato ne, Farias, Van Der Knaap 8. All. Ansaloni, deputy Tosarelli, ass. Albasini.

Milano: Alberti ne, Casella 2, Miccoli 10, Ceccato ne, Toffanin 5, Suigo 4, Lonati 11, Garavaglia 15, Badalau 4, Fr. Ferrari 26, Van Elswik ne, Marcucci 2. All. Catalani.

Referees: Lucotti, Silvestri, Occhiuzzi.


Just a breath away from becoming the triumphant of the IBSA Next Gen Cup 2023/24. THE'Allianz Derthona is ahead in the score for a very large part of the time finals of Final Eight in Trento, begins the "target score" zone with a lead of 5 points at 71-66 but, thanks to a referee's decision strongly contested by the Tortona side, it is caught up by the opponents who score the fateful 79th point with a penetration by the match-winner Lonati on the 76-77 in favor ofEA7 Emporio Armani Milan. It is therefore the Lombards who succeed Victoria Libertas Pesaro in the roll of honor of the Legabasket tournament reserved for U19 teams. Excellence of the sixteen Serie A clubs, but the Bianconeri coached by Luca Ansaloni remain absolutely aware of being able to give themselves a season of remember in the U19 Eccellenza championship, where it is in a privileged position in its group to directly qualify for the National Finals of the category.

With a staff once again reduced to the bare bones, the seven Lions of the Tortona rotation manage not to concede in front of the deeper bench of the Milanese, Baldi and Tambwe are the standard bearers together with Josovic of the 38-33 with which Tortona takes the lead at the long interval responding well especially to Ferrari's shots. Baldi is also the author of the triple that gives one of the two teams the only double-digit advantage of the match (54-44 at 26th), a margin that Milan quickly mends thanks to Garavaglia, creator of the triple that tied the game at 60 , a condition that remains unchanged until exactly 5' from the end at 65. There, Tortona makes the move with Van Der Knaap for 71-66 which becomes the score from which the "target score" starts after a foul by the defense Tortonese with 3'57” to go. At 75 all, following a block by Garavaglia on Conte with the ball ending beyond the baseline, the throw-in is awarded to Milan amidst the vibrant protests of Tortona, on the reversal in front Ferrari wins a foul and converts it into two free throws (75-77), Baldi only half imitates him for Tortona (76-77) and on the opposite front Lonati explodes the Milan party.

Lorenzo Baldi he finished with 25 points and 7 assists (for a rating of 30) which earned him the award Best Assistman of the final, Gloris Tambwe he placed an authoritative effort inside the area with 15 points and 13 rebounds with 7/8 from the field and 4 blocks, Andrija Josovic posted his third double-double out of three in the Final Eight, adding 10 rebounds to his 17 points.


After two qualifying stages concluded as winners of their group, 8 successes out of 10 matches played overall including the two successes in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Final Eight against Treviso and Brescia, Allianz can now dive back into the championship: Tuesday at 20pm on the parquet of the PalaCamagna will try to secure his third place in Group 1 National with the direct clash with the immediate pursuer Don Bosco Crocetta Torino.

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