A painful match at the home of the Reggio women who had won the first leg. Coach Dagliano: “Hard, but so it was even more beautiful”
Savona – Amateurs = A2. No mathematical formula, but the extraordinary goal that the Savona company has reached for the first time in its history thanks to an extraordinary return match against Puianello Basket.
Few believed it, even in the red and white home there was no excessive optimism after the 51-52 defeat in game 1. But the “parrots” showed immense character and managed to overturn the result winning 58-63 (10-20, 29-29, 45-40) in the home of the Emilians at the end of a match with a thousand faces, balanced and adrenaline-pumping.
The Amatori starts very well, with Picasso and Paleari precise both from medium and long distance. The high pace and the good shooting percentage make the red and white fly, who also reach eleven lengths ahead and close the fourth, despite some bad turnovers, with double the points of the hosts. period: the Savonese miss the improbable, load up with fouls (bonus after only three minutes), while Puianello scores with more continuity and at 28 ‘reaches a draw. It also goes ahead, but Savona manages to achieve and so in the middle of the race there is perfect parity. After the long interval, the Amatori seems to find the way to the basket with a minibreak of 6-0, but it is only a blaze: the Puianello rises to the chair, comeback and closes the tempino on +5.
The last quarter is heart-pounding: the Savonais mend the gap, take the lead by some length up to +7, but a never tame Manzini (20 points for her) keeps the hosts alive. At 56-59, less than a minute from the end, the episode that decides the game: Puianello makes a mistake in attack, commits a ‘normal’ foul plus an unsportsmanlike one resulting in 4 free throws for Savona and possession of the ball. Tosi makes three and puts the result almost safe. The Reggio players realize for the 58-62, then they make a foul. Picasso scores one of the two free throws and, with three seconds to play, the party for the historic promotion to women’s A2 series can start.
«We suffered, but in this way it was even more beautiful -declares coach Dagliano, moved and proud of his players-. The girls were good at managing the decisive moments, congratulations to them. Now we enjoy the victory. IS then we will think about the future“. Together with Amatori, Torino Teen, Capri and Matelica go up in A2.
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