Scavolini Dominate Antwerp, Complete Final Four Lineup

25.03.2010

Another powerful performance by Scavolini Pesaro helped book their place in the EuroChallenge Final Four line-up after they recorded an impressive 78-63 road win in Belgium against Antwerp Giants.

The Italians will be joined in the Final Four by the Russian club Krasnye Krylia, the Germans of BG Göttingen and the French outfit Chorale Roanne. All finalists have swept their quarter-final series.

Having dominated the previous match-up, the Italian side once again stamped their authority on the game and were led by 18 points from Marques Green who bagged four triples.

Antwerp had the better of the early exchanges but a 10-4 finish to the opening period gave the Italian outfit a 20-16 lead and they continued to hold the upper hand in the second quarter.

When Green shot a big three to complete the scoring in the first half and give the Italians a 41-34 lead heading into the locker rooms, it left the Giants with plenty to ponder to stand any chance of forcing a tie-breaker in the series.

While dominant on the glass, the hosts were misfiring on offence from outside and unable to apply any real defensive pressure with a lack of steals in the opening two quarters particularly telling.

It wasn't long before things got worse when five quick points from Dusan Sakota took Scavolini into a double digit lead at 47-35 and minutes later he buried another three-pointer, to extend the advantage to 50-36.

Antwerp showed only a few glimpses of having the potential to launch a telling fightback, mainly through Brandon Gay who solved the drought from outside but he lacked the necessary support.

Consequently Scavolini were able to stroll into the Final Four without much resistance.

Green had 4 steals and 3 assists to complete the best line of the night while Gay finished with 15 points for the Giants.

 


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