Umana Reyer Venezia has the better of Cremona in a match that has never been questioned. Excellent performances by Sanders, Brooks and Phillip in the control room. For Cremona to report an excellent Spanish
Venice Quintet: Phillip, Tonut, Stone, Brooks, Watt.
Cremona Quintet: Cournooh, Spanish, Miller, Tinkle, Radic.
The first basket of the new season is by Mitchell Watt. Spanish rocket starts with 10 points in the first 4 minutes for the 14-13 Venice. High score with a percentage that drops only at the turn of the first quarter with Cremona signing the first advantage on 19-20. You enter in the last 2 minutes with Venice on + 4, with the game broken up by the whistles of the backhoe. Fourth that closes, after a triple by Daye and two free by Harris on 27-24.
In the second quarter Victor Sanders also signs up on the scoresheet with a runner first and a triple then for the 35-28 orogranata after 3 minutes. Cournooh’s free throws bring Cremona back into contact, but an excellent defense and a triple counterattack by Stone bring Venice back to +8 (40-32) with 4’06 ” from the interval. At the end of the quarter Stefano Tonut lights up who with the flames of Sanders close the first half on 52-36.
Start of the third quarter with coach De Raffaele’s boys in control and Cremona struggling to find easy baskets slipping up to -20. Entering in the last two minutes, a 7-0 run by Tinkle brings Cremona back to 70-54. Vanoli tries to return, but Venice resists and closes the third quarter up 74-56.
The last quarter slips away with Venice in perfect control, winning the first championship victory over 88-71.
MVP Basketinside: Victor Sanders and Jeff Brooks
Partials: 27-24; 52-36; 74-56.
Umana Reyer Venice: Stone 9, Tonut 13, Daye 6, De Nicolao, Sanders 15, Phillip 8, Echodas 7, Mazzola, Brooks 15, Cerella, Vitali 5, Watt 10. All.re De Raffaele
Vanoli Cremona: Agbamu, Harris 8, Sanogo 2, Pecchia 2, Poeta 1, Spanish 15, Tinkle 11, Cournooh 13, Miller 15, Radic 4. All.re Galbiati.