Sveva Lucera won the big match of the 25th round against Limongelli Dinamo Basket Brindisi for 72-52, rejecting the onslaught of the people from Brindisi who – in case of victory – would have mathematically won the promotion to Serie C Gold.
The building in Viale Canova di Lucera with the large audience present (including about fifty who arrived by bus from Brindisi) was the setting for a match that was immediately fought and vibrant. Both between the Lucerini and the Brindisi players the tension of a game with an important ranking value with physical defenses and many shooting errors in the first minutes of the game was evident. After the first interval closed on 16 equal, Dinamo got off to a better start in the second set thanks to a triple from Martino and a basket from Staselis. On the score of 17-21 the hosts took over the inertia of the match by extending to + 10 (33-23) thanks to the baskets signed by Chiappinelli and Di Ianni. Coach Cristofaro’s boys reacted with some good plays even if, at the end of the period, they were punished by a triple from Scarponi who sent the teams to the locker room at 36-29. In the second half Dinamo reacted and the odd defense allowed Rollo and his teammates to remain clinging to the game: Lucera in the third set scored only 10 points and the match continued to maintain its balance with the teams going to the last rest on 44- 46.
In the last time the Sveva seemed to have more while for the travelers the percentages from the arch were lowered further. The hosts increased the pace in defense by forcing the guests to lose several balls. Gramazio and Scarponi struck from the arc while the blue-white attack was completely jammed with the players from Brindisi who did not score for over seven minutes of play. Lucera took advantage of this by scoring important baskets supported by the large audience present and taking home a fundamental victory for the dauno club.
At Dinamo a really bad day with very low three-point shooting percentages (2/28 from 3 points) and 23 turnovers that contain the terms of the defeat while for Sveva the Italian trio Gramazio, De Ianni and Scarponi are in great evidence author of 56 points out of the 72 team totals.
For the promotion speech in Lucera it will be enough to conquer the Trani building on Saturday while Dinamo will play on Thursday on the Cus Bari parquet for the last recovery of the championship and on Saturday 16 April (18:00 at PalaZumbo) will close the regular season at home against Brio Service Carovigno waiting to understand who will be promoted directly to C Gold and who will have to participate in the playoffs to win the other pass to the first regional championship of Puglia.
Sveva Pall. Lucera – Limongelli Dinamo Basketball Brindisi 72-52 (16-16, 20-13, 10-15, 26-8)
Lucera: Chiappinelli 7, Di Mario, Pocius 9, Gramazio 19, Ferosi, Orlandino, Scarponi 18, Alvisi, Di Ianni F., Vidal, Di Ianni A. 19, Carriera. All. De Florio, Ass. Ciarfaglia / Salcuni
Dinamo Brindisi: Greco, Staselis 16, Epifani, Pellecchia 9, Rollo 2, Pulli, Caloia 8, Labate, Mazzeo, Martino 11, Scivales, Kibildis 6. All. Christopher, Assisi. Capoccia / Lozito
Referees: Di Vittorio di Ruvo di Puglia (BA) and Stanzione di Molfetta (BA)