Lega2 Round 18: Tezenis Verona defeats leader Trenkwalder RE - Jan 29, 2012
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Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Trenkwalder RE (12-4) on the court of ninth ranked Tezenis Verona on Sunday night. Visitors were rolled over by Tezenis Verona 90-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. The game without a history. Tezenis Verona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Tezenis Verona outrebounded Trenkwalder RE 42-28 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Serbian-Greek forward Dusan Vukcevic (201-75, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Tezenis Verona's coach Alberto Martelossi felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) replied with 16 points and 4 assists for Trenkwalder RE. Tezenis Verona (8-9) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Fileni BPA and Morpho Basket. Trenkwalder RE at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. Tezenis Verona is looking forward to face Aget Imola (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Trenkwalder RE will play against Centrale Latte (#6) in Brescia and is hoping to win this game.
In the last two games of round 18 Morpho Basket was beaten by Prima Veroli on the road 85-76. Giorgio Tesi PT won against Enel Brindisi on its own court 85-79. Fileni BPA unfortunately lost to Centrale Latte in Brescia 72-77. Assi Ostuni managed to beat MarcoPoloShop at home 68-67. Bottom-ranked S.Antimo was crushed by Givova Scafati on the opponent's court 82-55. The most impressive performance of 18th round was 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals by Nikola Radulovic of Givova Scafati.
There was a surprise result when fourteenth ranked Prima Veroli (6-11) beat at home higher ranked Morpho Basket (8-9) 85-76 on Sunday. Morpho Basket trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-21 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 76-85 at the end of the game. Prima Veroli made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. Morpho Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The former international forward David Brkic (210-82, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Prima Veroli's coach Fernando Gentile used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova) replied with 29 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Morpho Basket. Prima Veroli moved-up to twelfth place, which th