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Zeus Energy Group Rieti vs Bertram Tortona

Serie A2 West 2018-19

21th Day

Zeus Energy Group Rieti


Bertram Tortona


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Bertram Tortona152316121177

Defeat in the sprint for the Bertram Derthona who played a game of great character against Rieti, surrendering only in extra time: what decided a hard-fought and very balanced match - which saw continuous overtaking and counter-overtaking in the score - was a tap-in by Bonacini at the end of overtime.

Low-scoring start to the match, thanks to two excellent defences: it was Rieti - who, already forced to give up Nikolic, lost Adegboye after a few seconds of the match - who led in scoring in the first minutes of the game. It is the plays of Tomasini and Casini that allow the hosts to produce the first break in the match (16-9 at 7'): in the final part of the half the three-point baskets by Conti and Casini give Zeus Energy Group the advantage in double figures (26-15 at 10').

The increase in the defensive intensity of the formation coach Ramondino, free Pike, absent due to injury, allowed the guests to reduce their gap in the second quarter: after the lay-up by Viglianisi, which is worth 30-24, coach Rossi stops the game. The partial favorable to the Bianconeri also continues in the subsequent actions: the guests overtake in the score (34-35 at 17') with a triple from Alibegović. At the end of the first half, a couple of plays by Toscano put Rieti ahead 42-38 at halftime.

After Tomasini's basket that opens the ball in the third period, Bertram finds good offensive solutions that allow her to lead again in the score (44-45 after the lay-up by Bertone): the subsequent technical for flopping given to Toscano is capitalized by the bianconeri, who extend further with the triple of Garry (44-49 at 25'). In the moment of maximum difficulty of the match, the hosts find an emotional reaction that allows coach Rossi's team to impact the match at 51 points, forcing coach Ramondino to stop the game. Conti's and Di's baskets Blizzard – from three points – close the third period: the Derthona leads 53-54.

In the last quarter the defenses of both teams take center stage, limiting the opponents' offensive initiatives: it is once again the Bianconeri who try to increase the score and, after the Viglianisi on the counterattack which scores 55-60, coach Rossi interrupts the operations. Rieti loses Toscano in the 35th minute following his second technical foul for flopping but finds a new overtaking (64-61 in the 37th minute) with Tomasini's triple, which forces coach Ramondino to stop the game. In the final, after having reached -5, Tortona finds the new equalizer at 66 with the basket of ndoja with 13 seconds left. Carenza loses the ball on the home team's final offensive possession, but the triple by Alibegović doesn't hit: it's overtime at PalaSojourner.

In extra time the balance on the pitch remains between the two teams, who respond blow for blow to the opposing baskets: the Bertram regains the lead (72-73 with 1'30" to go) with a basket ndoja at the end of 24 seconds. Zeus Energy Group overtakes with two free throws from Tomasini and takes a full possession lead (76-73) with Gigli's basket 14 seconds from the end. The subsequent technical foul called against Tomasini was capitalized by the guests, who regained the lead with a triple Blizzard (76-77 with 3 seconds left). Following Casini's error, Bonacini's winning tap-in gives Rieti success: the final is 78-77.

Thus coach Marco Ramondino at the end of the meeting: ˝We often went beyond our limits in terms of physical effort and found good offensive solutions even though it was difficult to find advantages against their defensive changes: it's a shame not to have capitalized on the performance with the result in the last action. We entered the match emphasizing Rieti's physicality and ability to play through contact, which is one of their strengths. The loss of Adegboye forced them to propose a quintet with three big men, huge for the A2: after having had difficulties for some actions, we expanded the field with small quintets with Ndoja as number '5' which allowed us to build good shots . In extra time we decided to play the last action starting from the baseline to find a dynamic solution in order not to have the difficulty of playing statically against Rieti's physical size. I believe that what Blizzard did at the end of overtime should represent normality: recently I have seen several players become protagonists of these gestures of sportsmanship. We must continue to work because we have two games to make up for those ahead of us in the standings, it is necessary for us to score points˝.

Championship eve for Bertram Derthona, awaiting the trip to Rieti on the 21st day of the West group of the Serie A2 Old Wild West championship. The Bianconeri are fresh from the home success against Trapani and from a week It's been linear so far and the team has trained well. We must continue in this direction – begins coach Ramondino – because against Trapani we saw many good things on both halves of the pitch that we must try to propose again away from home as happened in the Siena match.

The victory obtained against the Sicilian team was also important on an emotional level and gave Bertram the awareness to continue with the work that ʺwe are doing, as the team has demonstrated that it can play at a medium-high pace: on this capacity – continues the Juventus coach – we must improve the defensive aspect in order to make the most of all offensive possessions while limiting turnovers. This growth represents a good starting point for the end of the season.

Derthona's next opponent is Rieti, currently in solitary second place in the standings and fresh from six consecutive successes. The Lazio training is ʺa team that today is among the favorites for the final victory and that makes toughness, physicality and the ability to control the pace the main characteristics of its gameʺ. Coach Ramondino identifies among the strengths of the Zeus Energy Group ʺthe excellent ability to attack the area both with backs to the basket and with penetrations: this contributes to the fact that the opponents are put under pressure by their way of playingʺ.

Rieti also boasts the best defense in the group in terms of points conceded to opponents (70.2 on average per game), which is the result of ʺa good execution, made up of anticipations and disruptions of the opponents' plays also through the use of substitutions. From our part – claims the Juventus coach – there must be the will and ability to go beyond the first offensive solution in order to avoid static situations that favor their defenseʺ.

Thus Luca Garri: ʺThings have improved since Lydeka and Bertone arrived, they brought us enthusiasm and energy and this showed on the pitch. At the same time, we are aware that we still have great margins for improvement. The success against Trapani was fundamental given the results of the other teams: a defeat would have taken us away from the safety zone, we wanted victory at all costs. Rieti is the fittest team in the championship, they make physicality one of their strong points: they play very well and have great confidence. It will be necessary to control the pace of the match, given that the Lazio players can count on an important field factor.

Zeus Energy Group Rieti

# Player Role PTS
Casini Juan Marcos-15
Jones Bobby-10
Angel Lilies-6
John shortage-8
Conti Alberto-7
Caps Leonardo-0
Tomasini Simone-15
Tuscan Daniele-15
Bonacini Federico-2
Annibaldi Paolo-0
Adegboye Ogooluwa-0
 Total 78

 Coach Rossi Coach  

Bertram Tortona

# Player Role PTS
7Alibegovic MirzaWing12
11Blizzard BrettGuard19
13Ndoja KlaudioWing11
14Ugolini PietroWing0
15Garri LucaCentro6
16Lusvarghi MarcoCentro2
22Viglianisi KennethGuard7
25Bertone PabloGuard11
31Lorenzo slangsPlaymaker0
34Spizzichini GabrielePlaymaker9
 Total 77

 Coach Ramondino Coach