Basketball, playoff semifinals: Virtus Bologna wipes out Tortona and goes 1-0

Basketball, playoff semifinals: Virtus Bologna wipes out Tortona and goes 1-0

Virtus Bologna imitates Milan and gets off to a good start in the Serie A basketball playoff semi-finals. Like Olimpia, who beat Sassari 95-72, overwhelms Tortona 84-61 and goes 1-0 in the series to the best of 5 games. Match dominated from start to finish by the Bolognese who made the difference by shooting better from long range (9/22 against the modest 4/29 of the Piedmontese). Percentages that allowed the hosts to close the first half already on +20 (44-24) and then to manage the second half without worries.

On the shields Belinelli, Ojeleye and Hackett

In Virtus, Belinelli and Ojeleye (15 points each), Hackett (14 points and 7 rebounds), Shengelia (10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists) and Jaiteh (9 points and 10 rebounds) stood out above all. Tortona didn't need Macura's 20 points (and 6 rebounds) and Severini's 14. Race-2 is still scheduled in Bologna, on Tuesday 30 at 21.

VIRTUS BOLOGNA-DERTHONA TORTONA 84-61
(23-13, 44-24, 63-41)
Virtus Bologna: Mannion ne, Belinelli 15, Pajola 3, Jaiteh 9, Shengelia 10, Hackett 14, Mickey 4, Camara, Ojeleye 15, Teodosic 3, Abass 4, Cordinier 7. Coach: Scariolo.
Derthona Tortona: Christon 7, Mortellaro ne, Candi 2, Tavernelli, Filloy 3, Severini 14, Harper 6, Daum 2, Cain 7, Radosevic, Macura 20, Filoni ne. Coach: Ramondino.
Referees: Baldini-Begnis-Grisons.
Note – Free throws: Bologna 25/32, Tortona 15/22. None out for five fouls.



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