The fourth and last Saturday advance of the 22nd day sees the Bank of Sardinia Sassariback from five consecutive victories (the last one in Scafati), to receive the Varese basketball, in turn returning from the home success against Pesaro. Last October 2, 2022, the first leg, there was the victory in Masnago of the Lombards for 87-81. Robinson is absent for Dinamo. The tap-off is set at 20:45.
1st quarter – Dowe opens the match with a basket and do it from the area. Ross’s alley-oop for Owens is worth the first two for Varese who are struggling to contain the Sardinian offensive in this start of the match and Raspino scores the 7-2. Again the duo Ross / Owens produces points on the other side, but Stephens is served well in the area by Kruslin for 12-5 after 2:30. Brown nails on the counterattack, Dinamo hits from three with Bendzius: 15-7. Varese manages to get back to -4. Dowe still to create for Sassari, assist for Stephens and dunk by Diop of 19-13. First points for Caruso, served well in pick and roll by Ross. The triples by Johnson and Reyes are worth the tie at 21-21. With Gentile as counterpart from Sassari, 6-0, 27-21 at the end of the first quarter.
2nd quarter – Brown closes the partial Dinamo of 8-0 and scores the 29-23. Nice play by Caruso from underneath. Brown from the line still shortens to -2. Diop’s basket from the average at the end of the 24″. And it is Diop himself who rekindles Sassari with great energy and physicality: four more in a row for 37-29 with 5:40 to go. Extrapossession Varese, Brown found only in the corner for the triple of -5. Back and forth between Diop and Caruso, Dowe shoots the triple of 41-34, then Diop again to follow the rebound and points of 43-34 which lead coach Brase to the timeout. Dowe puts another bomb that is worth the +11 maximum advantage. Ross lost by Kruslin for two easy ones. Caruso the best of his in this fraction, last possession managed by Dowe who somehow realizes: 51-42 the score after 20′.
3rd quarter – It starts again at the Palaserradimigni immediately with the bad loss of Ross, advance of Kruslin and basket and foul. Bendzius scores from the post, another recovery from Sassari and two easy ones for Dowe: 58-42, Brase timeout. Varese no longer scores, Dinamo takes advantage of it with Kruslin’s triple. Another loss by Openjobmetis, the host defense completely erupts Stephens who nails. Varese in the most total case continues to collect turnovers, Dowe from the corner shoots 66-42. Banco di Sardegna unstoppable, Bendzius shoots the +27. Dowe raises it for Stephens’ nailing of 71-42. The Lombards no longer score, even the most trivial shots are out. Ross scores the first two points of the quarter after seven minutes. Basket with a foul by Diop, 80-44, and at the end of the period, also by Treier. Sensational partial of 32-4 in the third quarter for Sassari, ahead 83-46 after three periods.
4th quarter LIVE – Two from Gentile with the clock stopped open the last leg of an already closed race. Diop continues to grind points while Reyes is good at resisting contact and supports 87-50.