By Johnny Askounis/ email@example.com
A convincing display by AX Armani Exchange Milan produces the 66-62 victory versus Virtus Segafredo Bologna in Game 1 of the LBA Serie A Finals.
In control for most of the visit at Segafredo Arena Wednesday, the team based in Milan enjoyed a game-high 18-point effort by Shavon Shields claiming the home-court advantage in the best-of-seven series versus the defending champions of the Italian league. Luigi Datome put in 13 more points. In addition, Kyle Hines posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
The 2021 Playoffs saw Virtus Bologna sweep the series between the two teams for the first domestic championship in 20 years. One year forward, the positive start for the team coached by Ettore Messina requires three more wins to convert into a championship of its own, if successful the 29th in team history. Sitting second in the all-time list, the Bologna side has celebrated 16 titles.
The recently-crowned 7DAYS EuroCup champions on their way back to the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague featured Serbian floor general Milos Teodosic combining 16 points with six assists. Georgian Tornike Shengelia packing 11 points followed on the scoring list. Former St. John’s standout JaKarr Sampson ended up with nine points for the team guided by Sergio Scariolo.
Staying at Segafredo Arena, Game 2 will be held on Friday. Moving to Milan, Game 3 and Game 4 are scheduled to take place Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. Barring a sweep, Game 5 will return the series to Bologna next Thursday. Up next, if necessary, Game 6 on 18 June and Game 7 on 20 June.
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