2020-21Regular SeasonRound 3
October 13, 2020 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 POLIESPORTIU D'ANDORRA

Virtus rolls through Andorra, 66-82

Virtus Segafredo Bologna stayed perfect and extracted some revenge by running down host MoraBanc Andorra 66-82 in Group C on Tuesday. Virtus lifted its record to 3-0 and dropped MoraBanc's to 1-2 almost a year after the result was the opposite on the same floor. MoraBanc led this time by as many as 9 points in the early going, but a 10-29 second-quarter onslaught led by Milos Teodosic put Virtus in charge the rest of the way. Teodosic scored 21 points and dished 6 assists for Virtus. Amar Alibegovic and Julian Gamble followed him with 16 points each. David Jelinek led MoraBanc with 15 points while newcomer Tomasz Gielo had 12 and Sergi Garcia a career-high 10.


Gamble went inside for the visitors' first 4 points but Garcia did him one better and assisted both Jeremy Singlen and Jelinek on triples as MoraBanc surged in front 13-4. Adams, Kyle Weems and Giampalo Ricci shot Virtus back to within 15-11. Alibegovic added a triple and a hook shot for the visitors but with 5 free throws by Haukur Palsson and Oriol Pauli, MoraBanc led 20-16 after 10 minutes. Midway through the second quarter, Teodosic hit 3 layups and a triple as Virtus surged to a 28-33 lead. Virtus continued for a 0-11 run to lead 28-37. Vince Hunter and Weems kept it going until a second blocked dunk by Josh Adams led to the former beating the buzzer for whopping 30-45 Virtus lead at the half. Gamble and Alibegovic combined for the first 7 points after the break as the lead soared to 22 points, 30-52. Despite MoraBanc dropping some threes, after missing 21 in a row, to get within 40-53, Teodosic answered with 5 points and an alley-oop assist to Hunter to make it 40-60. MoraBanc followed Gielo and Jelinek on a 12-4 run to cut the deficit to 52-67 after 30 minutes. Teodosic and Jelinek traded triples to open the final quarter, but there would be no comebacks as Adams, Teodosic, Gamble and Alibegovic kept the pedal on the metal and the lead hovering around 20 points all the way to the finish.

Teo comes alive

Teodosic bided his time until midway through the second quarter when he quickly amassed 11 points and an assists in just over 3 minutes as the scoreboard flipped from 26-22 for MoraBanc to 28-35 for Virtus. The visitors never trailed again

The lid closed

MoraBanc made its first 3 three-pointers and wasn't shy about trying more, but the next 21 refused to fall in until Jeremy Senglin finally dropped one at the 7:24 mark of the third quarter, by which time Virtus had taken full control of the scoreboard. The hosts ended up making 10 of 44 triples. Those 44 attempts tied for the highest total in a non-overtime game in EuroCup history, matching Unicaja Malaga's 44 in December of 2018.

Stellar stat

In part because of MoraBanc's injuries in the frontcourt, but also due to its own great passing, Virtus had astounding two-point shooting. The visitors finished the game having made 24 of 35 shots inside the arc for a 68.6% rate that was not only a club record but the best in the competition so far this season.

Stepping in

MoraBanc, due to its injury woes, picked up 27-year-old forward just in time for him to arrive to Andorra and practice on the morning of the game. He celebrated his EuroCup debut with 12 points and 4 rebounds in 19 minutes of play.

Next up

MoraBanc travels for Round 4 to meet a former EuroCup champion in Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar on Wednesday. On the same night, Virtus will host AS Monaco, the only other Group C team to start 2-0.

Josh Adams - Virtus Segafredo Bologna (photo Andorra - Martin Imatge) - EC20
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Eurocupbasketball.com
Referees: DNP; LAMONICA, LUIGI; PEERANDI, RAIN
Attendance: 0
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Virtus Segafredo Bologna16292215
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Virtus Segafredo Bologna16456782
MoraBanc Andorra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PAULI, ORIOL 19:50 4 1/3 0/2 2/2 1 3 4 4   1   2 3 1 3
7 OLUMUYIWA, BABATUNDE 23:47 2 1/2     3 5 8   1 1     1 2 10
9 LLOVET, NACHO 24:55 4 1/2 0/1 2/4 4 3 7   1 4   1 3 3 3
10 DIME, MALICK 11:56 4 2/2     2   2   1   1   4   4
11 HANNAH, CLEVIN 19:46   0/1 0/8     1 1 3 1 3   1 1 3 -6
12 GIELO, TOMASZ 19:22 12 3/3 2/7   2 2 4           2   9
13 PALSSON, HAUKUR 16:59 6 1/2 0/5 4/6   2 2   1       3 3 1
17 GARCIA, SERGI 18:23 10 1/2 2/6 2/4   3 3 4 3 1       4 16
24 COLOM, GUILLEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
25 JELINEK, DAVID 26:05 15 1/2 4/11 1/2   2 2 1 1 1 1   2 3 11
30 SENGLIN, JEREMY 18:57 9 0/5 2/4 3/4 1 1 2 1 1 2     2 2 3
40 PONS, ALBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 66 11/24 10/44 14/22 16 22 38 13 10 13 2 4 21 21 57
        45.8% 22.7% 63.6%
Head coach: NAVARRO, IBON
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 TESSITORI, AMEDEO 6:51 2 0/1   2/4   1 1             2 2
1 DERI, LORENZO 1:01                              
3 ABASS, AWUDU 19:47 2 1/2 0/3     3 3 1     1   1 1 3
7 ALIBEGOVIC, AMAR 20:04 16 2/2 3/4 3/6 1 6 7 2 2 3     2 5 23
9 MARKOVIC, STEFAN 22:52 2 1/1       5 5 5 3       3 2 14
11 RICCI, GIAMPAOLO 16:18 3   1/1   1 7 8 2   3     2   8
14 ADAMS, JOSH 25:38 7 3/5 0/5 1/2   2 2 2   2 3   4 3 3
32 HUNTER, VINCE 13:40 6 3/6     3 1 4 2 1     1 3   6
34 WEEMS, KYLE 25:20 7 2/3 1/2     3 3 3   1   1 2   7
35 NIKOLIC, STEFAN 3:38   0/1               3         -4
44 TEODOSIC, MILOS 25:22 21 5/5 3/5 2/3   2 2 6   3     1 1 23
45 GAMBLE, JULIAN 19:29 16 7/9   2/5   1 1     4     3 7 12
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 24/35 8/20 10/20 6 33 39 23 6 19 4 2 21 21 100
        68.6% 40% 50%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

DJORDJEVIC, SASA
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
"We expected a reaction from the Andorra team, of course. And in the third quarter, they scored 5 three-pointers, which is one of their biggest weapons at home. So once we took care of that, and the rebounds – they didn't get many offensive rebounds – we could go on our fastbreak. So I believe that it was good playmaking from our side. We had clear ideas in the second half. Every win helps. Each team is in a construction period. We are all looking to find our best games. Guys are trying to get in the best shape, which is not easy with all this traveling and the stuff around the pandemic, but we are right now 3-0, and that's good for Virtus."

Players

ALIBEGOVIC, AMAR
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
"We played very well in the second quarter, defending and scoring a lot. We gave a good performance tonight against a tough team. We must continue on this way."
GAMBLE, JULIAN
Virtus Segafredo Bologna
"We were up 15 at the half. We had a really, really good second quarter, I think. But we knew they were going to come out and fight. They're a really good team, and they're not going to give up no matter what. They have veteran guys, and we respect them a lot. We just had to try to maintain our intensity to get the win at the end. We have a lot of guys back from last season, which had an unfortunate end, obviously, with the virus, and we're wishing good health to the world, basically, in this pandemic. But we returned and just got back to the basics. We haven't had a lot of time to practice and really build up the way we want to, but it's a long season and we're improving every day."