Promitheas did it to Virtus with defense

Oct 23, 2019 by Print
Promitheas did it to Virtus with defense

In grabbing a surprising victory over Segafredo Virtus Bologna on Tuesday, Promitheas Patras showed that a great defense can slow down a top offense.

Virtus came into the game in Greece as the 7DAYS EuroCup's top-scoring offense through three games, having averaged an impressive 91.7 points a game. Promitheas had the answers for Virtus, however, thoughout its 76-69 home win, showing exactly why head coach Makis Giatris's men have the top defense in the competition.

Promitheas had been tied for the fewest points allowed through three regular season rounds, just 66.3 per game. And the EuroCup newcomer was particularly successful in shutting down Virtus's long-range game, holding the guests to just 4-for-27 three-point shooting for a lowly 14.8 percent.

Coach Sasa Djordjevic's side had won all three of its previous games by double-digit margins while delivering at a league-high 23 assists in each game while averaging just 13 turnovers. Against Promitheas, Virtus came up with just 13 assists while turning the ball over 17 times from which Promitheas extracted 27 points. Mind you, Virtus boasts two of the best passers anywhere in the world over the last decade, veterans Milos Teodosic and all-time EuroCup assists leader Stefan Markovic.

Promitheas did allow Virtus to score 15 second-chance points, compared to zero for the hosts. But that number is actually not horrible considering Virtus outrebounded Promitheas 49-29, including 21 offensive rebounds. It shows that the Promitheas defense was working overtime, too, throughout most of those extra possessions for Virtus.

After having already grabbed two road wins in Group A, Promitheas showed why it has a strong home-court advantage, as well, by winning in front of its home fans for the first time, thanks in large part to high-level defense.