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One cannot be ironic on such a delicate subject. But, these days, the fact that there are no positives, or new positives, is already half news. A good news. «We are awaiting the return of John Petrucelli and Paul Eboua – says the scouting manager of Pallacanestro Brescia Marco De Benedetto -. Salvatore Parrillo, on the other hand, will have to stay out for other days ». As told by coach Alessandro Magro after the Treviso match, the Campania winger is an athlete who has received three doses of vaccine and is asymptomatic.
In summary, for the match against Brindisi, scheduled at PalaLeonessa Sunday 2 January at 8.30 pm, the hope would be to recover at least one of the two possible re-entrants, namely Petrucelli and Eboua. Speaking of protocols and returns to the sporting activity of positive athletes, the president of the Basketball League Umberto Gandini yesterday, on Rai Radio 1, expressed concepts that Magro and De Benedetto themselves had emphasized in recent days. In a nutshell: for vaccinated and asymptomatic players i ten days off is too long, and the protocol needs to be reviewed.
By the way, in the furrow of the road traced towards thevaccination obligation for all members (“An inevitable step”, for Gandini, which does not represent “a big problem for professional basketball” because 95% of Serie A players are vaccinated), De Benedetto himself manifests a pragmatic spirit and realism: “In this scenario, for any athlete there are no alternative options to the vaccine. The other way would only be exclusion from the group ».
Meanwhile, for the moment, no positive cases have been reported from Brindisi. The Apulian square (the Happy Casa played and lost, in Santo Stefano, against Pesaro) is among the few that have not been affected by Covid. Thus Germani – protagonist of the other race held in the thirteenth round, characterized by six postponements – can hope not to stop, and not to stop your good time. For the moment, Brescia is preparing for the match against the Brindisi team with the set-up that characterized the approach to victory at PalaVerde. The group has been at work since yesterday and will train every day, with the help of the four babies of the youth sector Rodella, Djiya Biatcha, Corona and Mobio.
The other matches
As we said, the Serie A basketball was cut down by Covid and was able to play only one match of the 13th day, that of PalaPentassuglia between Happy Casa Brindisi and Carpegna Pesaro. They won the visitors 91-89 after a very tight match, point by point. The other meetings today, due to the Covid outbreaks in the various teams they have all been postponed: Milan-Virtus Bologna, Venice-Naples, Reggiana-Tortona, Fortitudo Bologna-Sassari, Trento-Varese and Cremona-Trieste. Tomorrow the postponement between Nutribullet Treviso and Germani Brescia will be played, unless there are any last minute surprises.
After six out of eight matches postponed on the 13th day, the Basketball League announces that at least three of the matches scheduled between 2 and 3 January and valid for the 14th round are postponed to a date to be determined due to various positivity in team groups and the related provisions of the health authorities: these are Banco di Sardegna Sassari-Dolomiti Energia Trentino, Bertram Derthona Tortona-Vanoli
Basket Cremona and Openjometis Varese-Umana Venezia. In the next few days, the procedures for recovering the matches will be indicated.
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