Scariolo lives up to his legend, wins Eurocup and returns Virtus to Euroleague


The Bologna people added their sixth continental title by defeating Turkey Bursaspor in the final (80–67).

Bellinelli won the Eurocup title in Paladoza.
Bellinelli won the Eurocup title in Paladoza.Euroleague

“We had a lot of injuries in the first half of the season but we managed to recover, we brought in two new players and in the end we played very well in the last three months. We deserved the title.” sergio scariolo Extend his legend to the bench this Wednesday by winning the Eurocup with Bologna’s Vertus Segafredo, who ensures the historic Italian team returns to the EuroLeague next year.

The Spanish coach took charge this season, replacing Vertus jordjevic, after ending his successful phase as an assistant at the Raptors, with whom he won an NBA ring in 2019. A new challenge in Scariolo’s already extensive career was his return to his home country, where he began his career in his native Brescia. Together with Victoria Libertas de Pesaro, he achieved the Scudetto in 1990 at the age of 29. And after a stint at Aurora Desio, he took on other landmark assignments in Bologna, Fortitudo, before starting his Spanish journey.

With a mighty squad that stars like Milos Teodosik or Marco BellinelliVertus, plagued by injuries, had an erratic Eurocup season, losing seven games and finishing only fourth in their group. So the new qualifiers, just a game away, presented a challenge to those from Bologna, who had been strengthened in the winter market with two former CSKA, Tornick Shengelia and Daniel Hackett,

In the round of 16 and the quarterfinals, they were able to defeat Litcabelis Panevezis (75–67) and Ratiofarm Ulm (83–77) at Paladoza without much problems, although their big jump came in the semifinals, where they defeated Fontetta (73). -83) defeated Valencia Basket. On Wednesday, everything was going in their own pavilion, with Scariolo’s men beating the surprising Turks of Frutti Extra Bursasport in the final (80-67). Teodosic was named the final’s MVP after 21 points (8/12 off the field) and three assists.

It was the sixth European title for Virtus, having already won the Euroleague in 1998 and 2001. But it’s also another notch in the historical record of Scariolo, having won World Cup gold, three continental (plus a bronze) with the Spanish team. ) and Olympic silver and bronze. At the club level, one leg from Brescia adds two ACBs, two cups and an NBA ring.

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