Bologna 2016 rediscovers smiles and hope – Sport

by Giacomo Gelati

After a month of success, the positive trend of coach Giuliano Loperfido’s New Flying Balls is interrupted, which without Simone Bonfiglio and Marco Morara raised the white flag this weekend against an overflowing Npc Rieti 69-89, losing a position in series CB, given the success of Ancona in the Marche derby against Senigallia (70-66). Today the Ozzanesi, orchestrated on Saturday evening by a Dimitri Klyuchnyk with 24 rating (23 points), are indeed in seventh place in cohabitation with Senigallia (sixth) and Andrea Costa Imola (eighth and KO 67-60 in the derby on the Faenza field): on their way Sunday at 18 comes the insidious transfer to the field of the back Montegranaro, in a negative sequence for eight days.

In Group B, coach Giovanni Lunghini’s Bologna 2016 is released, who after 4 consecutive defeats smiles again against Aurora Desio and keeps his chances of salvation alive: in PalaSavena he finishes 81-76 thanks to a brave try in chorus (Brianza are seventh and in contention for the playoffs) and despite the absences of Luca Fontecchio and Ousmane Gueye. Having regained the defensive intensity that had been lacking in recent matches (21 turnovers for Desio), the lead is now in the first leg on Saturday, when the rossoblùs will go to Bernareggio, last at -6: Bologna is aiming for eleventh place ( distant 2 lengths), the last valid for the salute without going through the playout.

In C Gold, spotlight on rookie Sg Fortitudo’s masterpiece, who in the delicate head-to-head for the podium bends 2018 Ferrara 62-65 (14 points from Gigi Dordei) and unties the pass prematurely for the playoffs: from the separation with the current Fortitudo 103, this is the highest point ever reached by the parent company biancoblù. Yet with two days left in the regular season, Effe is fourth and entangled with five other teams at 20 points. Friday at the Alutto gymnasium in via dell’Arcoveggio will arrive Francesco Francia (balloon at 2:20), fresh out of the internal knockout against Scandiano (74-91 with 19 points from Spampinato) and looking for the best possible position in view of the play-out: coach Daniele Cavicchi’s men are third last, but they must be wary of Montecchio, trailing by 2 lengths.

Those who rejoice are Molinella, who thanks to the beautiful 71-64 signed by Zhytaryuk (18 points) against Forlimpopoli, goes to +6 on the club of Zola Predosa and sees the playoffs, even if he still lacks the calculation. Coach Marco Castaldi’s men still have to play the trip to Scandiano (Sunday at 6 p.m.), the recovery time on the lawn of Montecchio (April 16) and the derby against Sg Fortitudo (April 23). Sixth consecutive knockout finally for Olimpia Castello (6 consecutive knockouts and last place), whose 15 points from Locci are not enough for 77-69 on the field of Fidenza.

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