Match 3 tonight at Basletta, Elachem and Friuli at 1-1. The captain of the last promotion tells the climate of 2009
After the victory in the sprint of race 2 at PalaGesteco, Vigevano has the great opportunity to overtake Cividale and reach 2-1 in the final series which is worth the promotion to A2. Winning tonight, in front of the public friend of PalaBasletta (duo at 21), would guarantee the ducals the match-ball in Sunday’s game 4, always in the home arena (but at 18).
Just like it happened in 2009 when Federico Ferrari was at the head of the Vigevano, the captain, now manager of Borgomanero, a team that Pallacanestro Vigevano met twice in the league in group A of the regular season. «When we won, thirteen years ago, in the very final play off with Latina – says Ferrari – we were in an incredible moment. We tried to stay motivated and focused until the end, so as not to be overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the square. I remember we walked out of a video meeting and there were at least three hundred people waiting for us. It was us senators of the team who made us spokespersons with the others, telling the youngest not to talk to the fans to avoid their excessive pressure. It could have been counterproductive, we tried to isolate ourselves and talk very little with people ». Those were days of great expectations, in spring 2009. Similar to what Vigevano is experiencing now. «The advice I can give – adds Ferrari – is to do as we did then, not to be overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the cheering. A supporter who, in any case, in race 3 and race 4 will give a great boost to beat an opponent who is anything but simple to face ».
More pressure on the Friulians
On the other hand, in fact, there is the Gesteco Cividale which since the beginning of the season has been indicated by everyone as the main candidate for promotion to A2. «Vigevano will face a tough opponent, led by a coach I know well, like Pillastrini, who trained me in Modena and Montegranaro – warns Ferrari -. I know he will do everything to win in race 3, even if the way things have turned out I am convinced that Cividale has the greatest pressure at the moment ».
Beyond the final result, the Vigevano season is still a feat. «I am pleased – continues Ferrari – that in a few years Vigevano has returned to the top in Serie B, after the corporate bankruptcy. I am convinced that the current management has worked well and that what has been achieved is already an excellent result ».
Today from 8.30 to 12.30 at the Pasticceria Villani the presale for game 3 will be open, while the opening of the Basletta ticket office is set for 19.45. For game 4, presale tomorrow from 8.30 to 12.30 and from 15.30 to 19.30, and on Sunday at the same times, again at the Villani pastry shop; on Sunday the ticket office of the sports hall will open at 16.45. –