Regular Season Round 11: Sidigas AV - Acea Virtus RM 79-94 (21-24, 19-25, 28-21, 11-24)
Date: December 9, 2012 Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Air Avellino (3-8) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Lottomatica Roma (7-4) 94-79. The game was mostly controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Air Avellino was better in third quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Lottomatica Roma won last quarter 24-11. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Air Avellino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Phil Goss (186-83, college: Drexel) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) contributed with 20 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma's coach Marco Calvani used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American guard Mustafa Shakur (193-84, college: Arizona) answered with 21 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) added 13 points in the effort for Air Avellino. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cantu. Air Avellino at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Banco di Sard. in Sassari and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Air Avellino will play on the road against Trenkwalder RE (#10) in Reggio Emilia and it may be a tough game between close rivals. Top scorers: Acea Virtus RM: P.Goss 21+5reb+2ast, L.Datome 20+3reb+1ast, O.Czyz 16+7reb, J.Taylor 13+4reb, P.Lorant 9+1reb+1ast, L.D'Ercole 8+5reb+1ast Sidigas AV: M.Shakur 21+5reb+1ast, J.Richardson 13+4reb+2ast, T.Dean 10+3reb+1ast, V.Spinelli 8+1reb+4ast, N.Dragovic 7+1reb+1ast, D.Hardy 6
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