Upea Capo d’Orlando played his first test match just five days after the new season beginning, but they satisfied 1,200 fans. On Saturday, Giulio Griccioli ‘s five won 84-67 against Liomatic Viola Reggio Calabria.
The team from Calabria started with a strong defense, Massimo Rezzano (203-F/C-82) and Erik Rush (196-SF-88, college: Montana St.) led Reggio Calabria up to 5-11. After the first time-out, Orlandina found the way to go ahead: Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) andCorrado Bianconi (202-G/F-94) three-point-shots marked 16-15. Three steals by Andrea Pecile (188-PG-80) closed the first quarter on 26-20. Dario Hunt (206-F-89, college:Nevada) against Marco Ammannato (202-F/C-88, agency: Players Group) is the “duel” of the following ten minutes; Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina)’s 2+1 and dunks takes the Sicilian team up to 45-36.
In the second half of the match, Jonny Flynn (183-PG-89, college: Syracuse) and Michael Deloach(183-PG-86, college: Norfolk St.) are the main characters (68-52 after 30′); Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) and the younger players have time to show their qualities during last 10′.
Capo d’Orlando – Reggio Calabria 84-67
Upea Capo d’Orlando: Flynn 9, Freeman 12, Basile 5, Archie 12, Hunt 8, Pecile 11, Marisi, Karavdic 2, Nicevic 16, Bianconi, Strati 1, Munastra. All.Griccioli.
Viola: Marco Ammannato 2, Michael Deloach 26, Tour 13, Rush 13, Massimo Rezzano 4, Casini 7, Lupusor, Spera, Azzaro 2, De Meo All. Benedetto.