Basketball, Euroleague: Milan also falls with Asvel, it's the fourth consecutive knockout

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LYON – Milan does not exit the tunnel. In France the fourth consecutive Euroleague defeat materializes, which confirms the delicate moment for the men of Messina, now on the edge of the playoff zone. The Asvel Villeurbanne imposed itself 89-82 thanks to a decisive change of pace in the third period, when it placed a partial 32-16 result of so much defensive intensity and an undisputed dominion under the basket. If in the first two quarters the Olimpia had succeeded in limiting the French to rebound (16-14 the data in favor of the Armani to the interval), to the return on the parquet the music changes and the final calculation speaks of an eloquent 39-28 the preserve of the landlords. The evening's killers are Lighty and Taylor, authors of 19 and 18 points respectively. Milan brings four elements in double figures (Scola 14, Rodriguez 13, Gudaitis and Tarczewski 12).

After an initial phase of study, characterized by a tight response, Olimpia takes the measurements at Asvel and rips at +9 (13-22), thanks to Tarczewski's free throws. In the last two minutes of the first quarter, however, Milan lowers the defensive intensity and allows the hosts to shorten until 20-24 at the end of the period. The second fraction opens with a decisive thrust of the men of Messina: the Ax Armani Exchange is reactive to rebound, where it best limits the physicality of the Asvel by granting very few extra-offensive possessions (just 3 at the long interval), and fluid in attack. The partial 8-0 pushes the Olimpia to the maximum advantage (20-32), but with the passing of the minutes the script of the quarter of opening is repeated. Villeurbanne gathers points on points and, taking advantage of some trimming of too much of Milan, returns to four lengths away. Rodriguez's triple before the siren returns some margin to the Messina team, which goes to the long interval ahead 38-45.

Upon returning to the parquet, Taylor immediately offers an essay of the new spirit that animates the Asvel, punishing the Armani with a four-point game (triple and free additional). Villeurbanne defends with his nails and teeth, demonstrates his athleticism under the planks and finds his way to the basket with ease, flying at +9 at the end of the third period (70-61). Olimpia misses the points of the men coming off the bench and at the start of the last quarter the break continues until the maximum French advantage (74-61). When the challenge seems to have slipped towards a point of no return, the Armani has a start that brings her back to -4 (78-74) about three minutes from the siren. It is just an illusion, because the Asvel raises the pace again and with the triples of Taylor and Jean-Charles, interspersed with Tarczewski's coach, he pushes Milan back and condemns him to the fourth consecutive knockout.

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