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19.03.2009, 20:30h
19.03.2009, 20:30h
106-91
26 - 2330 - 2125 - 2425 - 23
26 - 2330 - 2125 - 2425 - 23
Venue: Casalecchio di Reno (ITA) |
Spectators: 4000 |
Referees: Daniel Hierrezuelo (ESP), Srdan Dozai (CRO), Aleksandar Milojevic (MKD)

GAME REPORT


Virtus Use Second-Quarter Run As Launch Pad To Final Four

Virtus BolognaFiere booked a spot in the EuroChallenge Final Four with a 106-91 triumph in Italy against Telekom Baskets on Thursday.

Sharrod Ford led the winners in scoring for the second straight game, pouring in 28 points.

He was a perfect 12-of-12 inside the arc, though he missed both of his attempts from long range.

Ford had scored 17 points in Virtus' 86-76 Game 1 triumph 48 hours earlier in Bonn.

Virtus inflicted much of their damage from three-point land, making 13 of 25 (52%) while restricting the visitors from Germany to five of 14 (35.7%) shooting from the arc.

Bonn did have a promising start to the game and held a 33-32 advantage with 7:23 remaining in the second quarter.

Ford scored after receiving an alley-oop pass from Guilherme Giovannoni and then Ntousan Tsalikis-Vouktsevits followed with a three-ball for a 37-33 lead.

Michael Koch's outfit trailed the rest of the way.

The crowning blow came late in the first half when Virtus scored 12 unanswered points for a 56-42 lead.

Earl Boykins sparked the run with a trey and Reshawn Terry added a jump shot and a lay-up.

After Ford nailed a jumper, Alex Righetti connected from behind the arc for a 56-42 lead.

Bonn refused to give in but never got closer than nine in the fourth quarter as Virtus completed a 2-0 series win.

Brandon Bowman scored 21 points to lead Bonn, who will now focus on their German BBL campaign.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Virtus BolognaFiere vs. Telekom Baskets

Matteo Boniciolli - BolognaFiere Head Coach:

"It was a tough period, but we won thanks to the hard work of my players. I'm very proud and satisfied to have reached the Final Four."

Guilherme Giovannoni - BolognaFiere Player:

"We played a good game. We started a little bit distracted, but we did our best to reach the Final Four."

Michael Koch - Telekom Baskets Bonn Head Coach:

"I'd like to contratulate BolognaFiere who deserves to go to the Final Four, but we did a very good job even if we don't have as much experience."

Vincent Yarbrough - Telekom Baskets Bonn Player:

"We tried to win the game, but BolognaFiere has more experience than us."

Accumulated statistics

63.3%

38/60
FG
M/A

59.7%

37/62

71.4%

25/35
FG2P
M/A

66.7%

32/48

52.0%

13/25
FG3P
M/A

35.7%

5/14

70.8%

17/24
FT
M/A

54.5%

12/22

28

8/20
RT
RO/RD

30

10/20

19

AS

14

15

TO

16

5

ST

8

4

BS

2

20

PF

23

106

Pts

91

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