Despite the absence of Macura (Stella Rhodes’ new father), Bertram Tortona overtakes Allianz Trieste in a comeback 80-74 and arithmetically hits a historic qualification for the Scudetto playoffs. The Piedmontese team remains in fifth place, but still has a chance to close in fourth, therefore with the advantage of the home factor in the first round of the post season. Next Sunday, when the last day is scheduled, the team of coach Marco Ramondino should win in Brindisi and hope for the simultaneous defeat of Venice against Milan. In that case the Lions would hook the Venetians at 34 points, but they would be ahead thanks to the difference in baskets in the head-to-head matches.
After a first quarter ahead, the bianconeri suffer the initiatives of Trieste in the central fractions, going down by 13 points (24-37 in the 17 ‘) before placing a disruptive comeback in the last period, which is worth the victory. The 18-0 mega-break turns the match and puts three possessions between the two teams (71-64): Allianz tries the comeback until the siren, relying on Banks and Davis but Severini’s triple closes the challenge, ending 80-74. «We are really happy, it was a very hard game that ended in growth, a very important aspect of the team’s health and confidence. – explains coach Ramondino, who finds Cattapan in the 12 on the scoresheet – We have reached the playoffs, thanks to everyone’s passion, for not only economic resources but also for participation, energy and presence and for our players, who have made a result important and well deserved. There was a beautiful environment in the arena, we need this support ». –