In the last game of the group stage at the Torneo Città di Roma, Armani Junior Milan led from start to finish, beating Virtus Rome 66-42, claiming second place in Group B. In the bronze-medal game, 2-1 Milan will face 2-1 FC Bayern Munich on Sunday, while winless Virtus Rome will play against Virtus Siena for the seventh place. Armani Junior Milan grabbed control from the get-go, with Carlo Fumagalli and Giosue Hamadi sparking an 11-2 starting run. Daniele Ciambrone and Fabio Sansone cut it to 13-8 at the end of the first quarter, but Milan allowed only 3 points in the second period. Meanwhile, Andrea Picarelli scored 7 points, including a triple, getting Milan to 25-11 halftime lead. There was lot more offense after the break, Sansone got Virtus going, but Fumagalli, Picareli, and Lorenzo Restelli carried Milan, before a three-pointer from Alberto Cacace sparked a 9-2 run for 42-22. Giovanni De Nicolao cut the deficit with a jumper and a triple on back-to-back possessions, but Milan still had 44-28 at the end of the third. In the first two minutes of the fourth, Stefano Toia scored 7 points, and Cacace added 4 for 55-31 lead, and Milan cruised to victory the rest of the way. Cacace finished with 15 points, Picarelli had 14, while Toia had 10 in victory. Sansone scored 10 in defeat.
Saturday, December 21, 2013