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Basketball, Pajola lights up Virtus Bologna which raises the Super Cup – Sport – Basketball

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Segafredo Virtus Bologna wins the Super Cup (Photo Ciamillo-Castoria)

Bologna, 21 September 2021 – La Virtus Segafredo Bologna takes up the key to the problem where he left it less than three months ago and raises it to the sky too Supercoppa Discovery + – first trophy of the new season – after folding once again the Armani AX Milano 90-84 and having avenged the defeat suffered last year at the beginning of the season. An authoritarian success for the men of Scariolo who dominated the match in terms of intensity and play, as evidenced also by the 27 team assists distributed. To illuminate the Bianconeri’s evening – at the second Super Cup in their history – a sumptuous one thought about it Alessandro Pajola from 14 points with 100% from the field and 7 assists for his teammates. Honorable mention, however, also for a Mouhammadou Jaiteh very solid under the boards (18 points and 9 rebounds) and forced to work overtime for a long time (28 minutes on the pitch, more minutes in the Juventus ranks) after the injury which occurred a few days ago in Ekpe Udoh. On the other hand, in Milan – for a long time struggling against the suffocating defense of the Bolognese – the capital performances of Shavon Shields (19 points and 5/10 of three) and Sergio Rodriguez (17 points) were not enough.

The race

Impeccable approach of the bianconeri who immediately raise the level of intensity and they place a 10-2 starting. Upon returning to the field after the timeout called by Messina, however, Milan changes register by raising the tones to rebound and in fact almost entirely mending the tear to the sound of the first siren 23-20. However, the red and white lacks the flicker of the hook and the elastic of the Bolognese advantage soon resumes to lengthen thanks to the baskets of Pajola and Jaiteh and to the Weems bomb worth +9 (40-31) that the bianconeri manage to keep until the second siren sounds (44-35). It is Pajola coming out of the locker room to load the team on his shoulders and inspire the new extension (mini-break of 6-0) which brings Segafredo for the first time beyond the double-digit advantage wall (48-35). Milan struggles to find the keys to circumvent the Juventus defensive intensity and even collapses under the long-range blows of Bologna (5/7 from three in the fourth), touching the lowest point of his evening at 66-49. Reached the bottom, however, the Armani has an important jolt of pride and relies on Rodriguez to try to climb the summit reaching -7 at the peak of a break of 15-5 (71-64). The efforts of the Milanese, also helped by Shields, are not enough, however, because in the final the hands of the Virtus players do not tremble and reach out towards the cup.

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