After the overtime defeat in the excellent match against Hapoel Jerusalem, the Banco di Sardegna Sassari returns to the field tonight for the third place final of the tournament and will face the Promitheas – two-way ball at 3.55pm Italian time. Two former players in the Greek club: Deshawn Stephens And Jamal Jones. “We played a good match, the team had a very good attitude for all 40 minutes. Even down 10 points we continued to play without getting upset”, said coach Bucchi at the end of the match against Hapoel. “The attitude was good from everyone, I am convinced that this is the right path. It will be important to recover the boys out as soon as possible, but whoever played in this match did very well. It’s not the result that matters, but what I saw on the pitch and how the team moved. The signs are decidedly comforting.”
1Q – Triple Promitheas to open the match, Kruslin responds at 3-3. Partial 5-0 Greek, 3-8. Gombauld takes two points and makes amends by crushing the alley-oop. Bomb by Treier, 10-11, Dinamo at -1. Stephens scores four points in a row. Kurucs hits a three, Bucchi timeout and 2+1 from Gombauld to make it 13-18. Another triple from Kurucs for the new Greek +8. Gentile stops from midrange and scores, but Stephens wins the duel under the basket against Gombauld, already 6 for the former Dinamo. Echenique scores +10. Treier! Triple by the Estonian, 18-26. Echenique realizes in half hook. Treier does 1/2 with the clock stopped, Sassari down 19-28 after 10′.
2Q LIVE – Gentile opens the second half with two free throws. Coffey scores from underneath. Nice action for Dinamo, Gombauld served well by Gentile and two points to make it 23-30. And again Gentile beats the man and supports the -5 which forces the Greeks to time out. Promitheas doesn’t break the deadlock, Dinamo takes advantage and runs well in transition, Gombauld scores -3. Bomb from Cowan Jr, Cappelletti responds from two for 29-33. Basket and foul by Echenique, Whittaker scores 31-36 with the clock stopped, Coffey replies but makes it 1/2. Nice penetration by Pisano, Dinamo at -4 with 5:50 to play. Great penetrating basket by Whittaker, -2. Recovery and Van Eyck nails it 37-37. Kurucs hits another three. Cowan Jr brings his team back ahead, Whittaker makes amends for a breakthrough with an assist for Gombauld which makes it 41-43. Cowan Jr lit up and also hits a three for the Greek +5.