Andorra hosts Trento with both seeking first win
MoraBanc Andorra will take on Dolomiti Energia Trento in its EuroCup home opener on Wednesday. Andorra comes off a 93-82 road loss in Round 1 at Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, but has many reasons for optimism from the second half of that game. After trailing by as many as 28, Andorra battled back to get within single digits led by Codi Miller-McIntyre, who finished with 19 points and 5 assists.
Trento struggled offensively in falling to Joventut Badalona 56-86 last week, shooting 32.7% on two-pointers, 25% on threes and 46.7% on free throws. Jordan Caroline was a lone bright spot with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The team as a whole will look to bounce back in Andorra with better numbers. This game will be the first official contest ever between these sides.
Marquee matchup: Andorra's Miller-McIntyre vs. Trento's Flaccadori
It was clear to all the world to see last week how dependent MoraBanc Andorra is on its point guard play and when Codi Miller-McIntyre was at his best, the Andorra attack was rocking. Combo-guard Diego Flaccadori of Dolomiti Energia Trento is a product of the team's junior system and he served as its playmaker last week when he dished 4 assists. The two will match up plenty on Wednesday in a critical matchup. If Miller-McIntyre can repeat his second-half excellence from last week at home, it will be a tough night for Flaccadori and Trento, however, if the latter can create problems on defense and fuel the offense, the visitors will be in a promising spot.
Keys to victory: MoraBanc Andorra vs. Dolomiti Energia Trento
MoraBanc Andorra features two classic centers in Victor Arteaga and Moussa Diagne, who could create problems for Dolomiti Energia Trento's smaller, albeit more athletic, frontline. At 2.08 meters, Andrea Mezzanotte is Trento's tallest man and he is more of a perimeter player. Andorra may be wise to bound the paint and see if its bigs can find advantages against Johnathan Williams and Maximilian Ladurner in what could be a key to the outcome.
Trento must put its poor performance from Round 1 behind it and find its shooting stroke. With the likes of Cam Reynolds, Diego Flaccadori, Desonta Bradford and Mezzanotte, Trento has the shooters to break open a game and some early threes could put the pressure on Andorra while creating space to attack the basket.