Bologna for the match ball, Milan to survive and hope for an unprecedented one sensational comeback. Between these two extremes, the fourth basketball final, brought forward to 7pm to avoid bumping into Italy’s debut in the European football championship. Segafredo, with a 3-0 lead, discreetly prepares the victory banner (Sasha Djordjevic, in race 3 brought to the sports hall on a scooter by a fan, as happened to Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the Sanremo Festival: only one is missing, but the match of life always the one that comes later) and in the season of 150 of the Polisportiva Virtus ready to greet the sixteenth title after 20 years from the last one, that of a magical year also kissed by success in the Euroleague and in the Italian Cup.
What Bologna has done so far under the eyes of all: it has outclassed the AX in terms of rhythm, of physicality, of a defense that blocked the circulation of the ball in Milan. And from time to time, around Milos Teodosic, the driving force of everything together with his friend Markovic, seems to find the sharpness of one or more singles, whether it is Ricci – the captain with the forbidden shot -, of Belinelli who also scores if unbalanced, of the Pajola which is confirming himself as the man-revelation of the year, of Weems recovered in time from an injury to do a lot of harm. There’s more left over for a winning cocktail, to be delivered to a club he’s found again the hunger and ambition of better days, after twenty years also characterized by very dark moments: in 2003 Virtus was disbarred and restarted from the merger with Castelmaggiore in LegaDue; in 2016 it was relegated again, but it was good to go up immediately and start again in the sign of the investments of Massimo Zanetti and the Segafredo Group.
Against, Milano with their backs to the wall and to the last resort. No one has ever risen from 0-3, but this, paradoxically, is an opportunity to rewrite history and to extend the series at least until the fifth act, Sunday at the Forum. For the AX it must be the game with which to rediscover a ferocity that has not been seen up to now and the answer to a question that many now ask themselves: is there a good reason to bet again on Olimpia, plunged into a technical-athletic collapse summed up by just 4 points scored Wednesday in the last quarter? Pride can and must provide a strong motivation, but however it ends up, time for reflection will be needed. And one above all: the Italian package – hitherto overwhelmed by the virtuoso one – adequate or state shriveled by choices too oriented to the European countryside?
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