La Fortezza triumph in EuroChallenge
- Apr 26, 2009 Virtus - Cholet 77:75
Virtus Bologna celebrated the EuroChallenge title after beating Cholet
in the Final game at the home arena. The game was a first-class show for
all fans that gathered to watch the encounter. The dramatic dying
minutes brought success to La Fortezza though. Virtus has won the
opening frame 21:19 after Alex Righetti nailed a three-pointer at the
dawn of the frame. The hosts surged ahead early in the second frame to
earn a 10-point advantage. However Cholet managed to step on the gas and
trimmed the deficit after
Nando De Colo (202-G-87) hit from beyond the arc. Giovanonni failed
to answer straight back with 11 seconds left in the half. The buzzer
sent the teams to the lockers with scoreboard reading 45:39 in favor of
Virtus came back to the court controlling the game and did not slow down
in the third period. Righetti made it 54:46 midway through the third
period. The French outfit reduced the gap however to 56:53 after
Claude Marquis (204-F/C-80) stepped up with some timely baskets.
Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college:
E.Michigan) closed the third period with two free throws for 64:57.
The last period started with the dunk by Ford which was followed by a
basket from Giovanonni for 68:60. Trailing 13 points with less than 5
minutes in the fourth period Cholet reduced to 76:73 with 2 minutes to
go. French team reduced to surrender exploding with a 10-0 run.
Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency:
Pro One Sports, college:
Clemson) missed two free throws, while
Nando De Colo was deadly from the stripe reducing the margin to just
one point 75:76.
Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college:
Kansas) got fouled and hit one free throw to make it 77:75 for
Nando De Colo had a chance to save the game but missed a potential
winner sealing the fate for Cholet.
Langord was pivotal for Virtus with 21 points.
Earl Boykins delivered 18 points and 5 boards for the winning side.
Nando De Colo could not rescue his team despite an impressive
performance worth game-high 24 points. Virtus:
Keith Langford 21,
Earl Boykins 18,
Sharrod Ford 12 Cholet:
Nando De Colo 24,
Claude Marquis 17
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