I really wanted to watch the whole game of the “Bologna rivalry” but I was invited for a good Italian dinner, so I “just” saw the second half of the game. By now we all know that UPIM Bologna beat Euroleague team Virtus Bologna by as much as 17! points. I am not sure if Virtus was still thinking about their last Euroleague game but they seemed really tired to me. UPIM showed more heart and played aggressive defense the whole second half while Virtus’ coach Stefano Pillastrini told his team to play a full court press with one minute to go in the fourth quarter – when they were down 20 points. Can anyone explain that move? That got as close as nine points with two minutes to play but nobody played a full court press at that time..
Talking about being tired – did you see Horace Jenkins? I know he finished the game MVP with 22 pts, 3 assists, 3 steals and 2 rebounds, but he was exhausted. I saw his mouth protection the whole second half because he had to breath through his mouth the whole time. It also looked like he got cramps after that one move when he had to be sub-ed out.. This man has to get in shape! Besides being out of shape, Horace Jenkins has made quiet a development. He came from second division action in Italy, to first division in Israel, to even one season with NBA team Detroit Pistons.
I also loved the attitude that Alan Anderson and Will Conroy showed – oh you did not see any attitude at all? You just saw the 15 travel calls they got? I guess you saw the game then..
Another game that took place last night was the game between Euroleague team Brose Basket Bamberg against the Phantoms Braunschweig. Since I wasn’t able to see that game I want to show you the eurobasket.com game report:
Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his men upset unbeaten Brose Baskets Bamberg in a terrific game that went down to the wire at Volkswagenhalle in Braunschweig Saturday night. After Steffen Hamann put Bamberg ahead 64-63 making two clutch free throws with 7 seconds to play, Phantoms guard Domonic Jones sank the game winner for Braunschweig sealing their exciting 65-64 win. Post man Kyle Visser topscored with 14pt while John Allen added 13pt and Jonathan Levy and Stephen Wright were strong with 12pt apiece. Bamberg out-rebounded Braunschweig 34 to 23 and shot 15 of 17 from the foul line (88%) compared to 4 of 7 for the Phantoms (57%). Braunschweig recorded 8 steals (Bamberg 0) and shot 7 for 17 from three to Bamberg’s 5 for 20. Demond Greene made 4 of 5 threes to lead Bamberg with 20pt 6reb along with 14pt apiece from Predrag Suput and Chris Ensminger. Falling for the first time this season, Bamberg is now 6-1 while Braunschweig ups their record to 5-2.
Another Euroleague team that lost in their domestic league. But did something stick out in the two games I just talked about? I think it is really sad that for both games American and foreign players decide the games..