Under the eyes of the players of Varese, waiting for the opponents for the imminent final, is the moment for the second semifinal with the challenge between Siena and Sassari that have eliminated respectively the two newly promoted Reggio Emilia and Brindisi. The game is balanced, Sassari reaches also 13 points of advantage but in the third quarter Siena reassemble in the score and in the last quarter punishes the Dinamo in the last minutes dragged by a great Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC), MVP of the game, to the victory for 85-78. For Sassari not enough the perfect performance of the ex Thornton with 29 points (10/19) not found unfortunately the same Drake Diener of the quarterfinal. The Dinamo shots with bad percentage by 3 (only 28%, usually his best offensive option) while Siena has 5 players in double digit and reaches the final without the usual apport of his playmaker: for Brown just 8 points (all in the first half) with a bad 3/13.
The first points of the game are for Drake Diener, MVP yesterday, while Siena loses two consecutive balls before the 4 points of Eze. After many errors the teams unlock the score with the baskets of Brown and Travis Diener while Eze continues to dominate the duel under the board with dunks and presence at rebound also helped by Sanikidze. With other 2 points, after an offensive rebounds, of the Nigerian center and the triple of Brown Siena has already 7 points of advantage immediately reduced by Thornton with 5 consecutive points for the -1 with 2 minutes remaining. Janning scores by 3 but Easley answers with a 2+1 played caused by the first foul of Eze (already 8 points and 3 rebounds) and the first quarter ends with the result of 18-16 for the Montepaschi with only 5 total fouls committed by the 2 teams. The foul in attack of De Vecchi open the second partial where Sassari tries to take the reins of the game after some offensive errors of the Montepaschi but is Brown again to save Siena with the first points after approximately 2 minutes by the start. With 5 points in few seconds Sassari get the first advantage, 24-21 at 13', thanks a steal, shortly after a throw-in of Siena, trasformed in 3 points by Travis Diener. Sacchetti and Ress score by 3 and, after the tap-in of Kangur, Siena back forward with the second triple of Ress next canceled with 2 points, in penetration, of Travis Diener before the entry in the game of Hackett with the triple, immediately accompanied by 3 points also for Kangur and Ress (third triple) for the +7 of the men of Banchi at 18'. With the free throws of Travis Diener (10 points at the end) and Easley and the triple of Thornton (tenth point) the Dinamo shortens and enters in the last minute with only one point to recover. Sassari impacts and wastes two occasions with the last shoot to close the first half ahead (38-38). For Siena no player in double digit, 8 points for Eze and Brown and zero total free throws (only 9 fouls for Sassari, two for Ignerski). In the second-last quarter Sassari starts good with 3 points of the Polish forward and the 5 consecutive points of Thornton and, despite a good Eze for Siena with 3 points, commands the game with 7 points of advantage thanks also the dunk of Easley served by Travis Diener with his fifth assist (also a block for the playmaker on Hackett). With 6 points of Drake Diener Sassari is +11 at 26' and Thornton, with two free throws, can further increase the advantage for the Dinamo that also increases the defensive intensity forcing bad shoots for Siena almost always at the edge of the siren. Easley commits his third foul and Kangur shortens the distance with the triple for the -10. In the last minute Hackett and again the Estonian forward score from the free throws line and, after a tecnical foul for the bench of Sassari, Moss back his team on 56-53 with only 3 points to recover after a disadvantage of 13 points few minutes before. 17 points until now for Thornton, the ex of the match, also today decisive like 24 hours ago. Own the American player of coach Sacchetti open the last quarter of the day with 3 points (2+1) and, after the points of Janning and Hackett, Easley captures and converts in 2 points an important offensive rebound that keep out the Montepaschi helped by the triple number 4 of the usual Thornton. Janning, with the triple at the end of the action, writes -3 and, after a turnover of the Dinamo, Hackett dunk and scores the additional free throw for the temporary draw. Thornton with another 2 triples (in the middle one of Moss) allows Sassari to stay ahead before the overtaking built by the trio Janning-Hackett-Moss (the Italian became top scorer of Siena) all without Brown and Eze (the two best scorer of the first half for the Montepaschi) on the court. Easley answers with the dunk but Siena plays well and Moss scores the new +4 with 2 minutes remaining on the clock. Sassari wastes and Kangur and Hackett lead Siena on +9 with only 40 seconds bringing the Montepaschi in final, once again.
Italian Serie B round 24 best performance: Daniele Grilli - 19 hours ago
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Guard Daniele Grilli (191-G-87) had a great game in the last round for Barcellona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 24. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maddaloni (#16, 3-21) 86-75. Barcellona is placed at 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona w... [read more]