For the second time, Olimpia beat Athens by winning the tournament named after Pavlos Giannakopoulos, beating the hosts of Panathinaikos 77-64 in the final. He did it with a convincing performance, commanding the scoring practically the whole game and convincingly stretching between the third and fourth period when Brandon Davies was unleashed, limited by fouls in the first half. It is important that Olimpia, with so many absences, the need to limit the minutes and in the case of Davies also the fouls, have obtained an excellent contribution from the whole roster, with Tommaso Baldasso fundamental in the first half, but also the minutes are precious. by Paul Biligha, who stood out in the finale with a thunderous block on Gudaitis. The defense made the difference in the second period and then again in the fourth where the opponent was kept at 11 points.
In the first quarter, balanced, with many overtakes, Olimpia paid the physical size of the two Panathinaikos centers, Papagiannis and Gudaitis, especially after Davies’ second foul. In the partial of 20-18, however, the two three-point games granted to Wolters and Gudaitis greatly affect. At the turn of the two quarters, Olimpia attempted a minimum extension on Tommy Baldasso’s two consecutive triples, then again on Billy Baron’s missiles, but the match remained balanced. The first significant margin came with a jumper from the average and then two free throws again by Baldasso which was followed by an assist by Ricci for Hines. Milan hit the top eight, then finished 40-33.
Olimpia reached nine of maximum advantage in the third quarter, before Panathinaikos with Paris Lee’s play on both ends of the field recovered to less than two (triple from Bochoridis). Here Olimpia took advantage of Brandon Davies ‘offensive means, also employed by 4 when Melli was on the bench and Panathinaikos used Derrick Williams’ speed and strength. Milan then finished the period better, with some energy plays by Baron and a dunk by Hines in 58-53. On the good final quarter, Olimpia built a further extension in the final period, using a lot of the speed of Davies, good at attacking the opponent’s size and getting trips to the line. Combined with Melli, Milan closed the area and ended up dominating. Davies scored 16 points in the second half alone. 77-64 the final, with the maximum advantage that had reached 15 points on a couple of occasions.
Olimpia without Kevin Pangos (at home for a fatigued muscular), as well as without Shavon Shields, Stefano Tonut and Gigi Datome. Johannes Voigtmann, who joined the team practically in Athens, was also unavailable. The Athens match closed the team’s preseason. The next meeting will be Wednesday 28 at 20:45 in Brescia against Virtus Bologna, Supercoppa semifinal.
Serie A 2022/2023: the presentation
Tomorrow, Monday 26 September at 11.00, the president of the Lega Basket Serie A will hold the press conference to present the Serie A UnipolSai 2022/23 at the Sala Borsa “Piazza Coperta” Library, in Piazza del Nettuno 3 in Bologna.