Virtus unleashed its offense just in time

Nov 07, 2019 by Print
Virtus unleashed its offense just in time

Things did not look promising for Segafredo Virtus Bologna in the fourth quarter against visiting ratiopharm Ulm on Wednesday night. Ulm led 67-77 with 6:30 to go in the game and had three more possessions to increase the margin.

The only lead Virtus had the entire night until that point had been 3-2 in the opening minutes of the game. The EuroCup's top-scoring offense was shooting just 7 for 26 from long range at that point. However, in the final minutes of the fourth quarter, that offense appeared as hot as advertised. Virtus scored on 10 of 11 possessions as the team turned a 10-point deficit into a 90-86 lead.

In the final 5:30 of the game, Virtus scored 25 points which is more than the team posted in any of the first three quarters. It suddenly ended its three-point struggles, making 5 of 6 three-point attempts in that span: Giampaolo Ricci hit one triple, while Kyle Weems hit 2 three-pointers and another jumper with his toes on a three-point line, while Stefan Markovic also hit a pair from about 8 meters out.

Markovic and Teodosic each dished 3 assists in those final 5:30 of the game, and what Virtus showcased for half of one quarter was enough to pull out its fifth win of the season.

"The key was not quitting. We never quit," Coach Sasa Djordjevic said after the game. It was not only not quitting, but also belief and self-confidence after a sub-par performance for 35 minutes. It could bring out questions about the team's consistency, but more than anything, give future opponents a lot to worry about.