Markus Howard's Dominance: 34 Points Against Virtus Bologna.

Markus Howard’s Dominance: 34 Points Against Virtus Bologna.

Markus Howard was unstoppable in the game against Virtus Bologna, perhaps in the most crucial game of the season for both teams. Virtus Bologna is in free fall, moving from one loss to another, which has now dropped them to 10th place after the end of the Euroleague regular season. They will now face Efes in a single game in Turkey and could have a better chance of making the playoffs if they had beaten Baskonia yesterday.

However, Markus Howard had other plans and was named MVP of the game with 34 points, leading his team to a 91-95 victory and pushing Virtus Bologna down to 10th place in the Euroleague standings. Baskonia finished 8th and will face Maccabi on the road in the first round of the play-in. If they lose, they will play at home against the winner of the Efes game against Virtus Bologna.

The chronicle of the match of Virtus Bologna against Baskonia.

The first quarter saw the two teams almost tied, demonstrating their strong desire to win above all else. It was the most captivating game of the Euroleague’s Round of 34, as the victor would secure the Euroleague’s 8th regular season berth. In the second quarter, Virtus surged ahead with a commanding 8-point lead, leading 53-44 at halftime.

Initially, it seemed Virtus Bologna’s determination would secure them the victory, but the third quarter witnessed a role reversal, with Baskonia turning the tide and seizing the lead by scoring 31 points to Virtus Bologna’s 21.

In the fourth period, the competition was more evenly matched, but Markus Howard delivered an outstanding performance, alongside Matt Costello, who dominated in rebounding. Consequently, Baskonia emerged victorious, securing a significant win on the road against the Italians with a final score of 91-95.

Player Stats:

Home Team: Virtus Bologna

Starters:

  • Marco Belinelli: 18:13 Min, 15 Pts, 0 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Daniel Hackett: 25:31 Min, 11 Pts, 6 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Tornike Shengelia: 22:23 Min, 8 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Bryant Dunston: 15:28 Min, 4 Pts, 3 Reb, 0 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Isaia Cordinier: 11:46 Min, 0 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl

Bench:

  • Iffe Lundberg: 25:07 Min, 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Jordan Mickey: 12:36 Min, 10 Pts, 2 Reb, 0 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Achile Polonara: 17:37 Min, 8 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Awudu Abass: 13:31 Min, 7 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Ante Zizic: 11:56 Min, 4 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Alessandro Pajola: 14:16 Min, 3 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Ognjen Dobric: 11:36 Min, 3 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl

Away Team: Baskonia Vitoria

Starters:

  • Vanja Marinkovic: 35:48 Min, 17 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Codi Miller-McIntyre: 33:48 Min, 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Chima Moneke: 23:22 Min, 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl
  • Maik Kotsar: 14:29 Min, 4 Pts, 5 Reb, 0 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Sander Raieste: 06:46 Min, 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

Bench:

  • Markus Howard: 32:04 Min, 34 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Matt Costello: 25:31 Min, 6 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl
  • Tadas Sedekerskis: 20:24 Min, 4 Pts, 4 Reb, 0 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Chris Chiozza: 04:05 Min, 2 Pts, 1 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Jordan Theodore: 02:07 Min, 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Nikos Rogkavopoulos: 01:36 Min, 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Dani Díez: 00:00 Min, 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl

Team stats:

Field Goals:

  • Virtus Bologna: 35/67 (52.2%)
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 35/69 (50.7%)

3 Pointers:

  • Virtus Bologna: 9/29 (31%)
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 7/23 (30.4%)

Free Throws:

  • Virtus Bologna: 12/17 (70.6%)
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 18/22 (81.8%)

Assists:

  • Virtus Bologna: 24
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 17

Rebounds:

  • Virtus Bologna: 30
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 32

Offensive Rebounds:

  • Virtus Bologna: 7
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 11

Defensive Rebounds:

  • Virtus Bologna: 23
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 21

Steals:

  • Virtus Bologna: 6
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 7

Blocks:

  • Virtus Bologna: 5
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 2

Turnovers:

  • Virtus Bologna: 0
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 0

Personal Fouls:

  • Virtus Bologna: 21
  • Baskonia Vitoria: 17

Scoreboard:

QuartersBolognaBaskonia Vitoria
Q12221
Q23123
Q32131
Q41720
Total Score9195

Watch the highlights of Virtus Bologna’s game against Baskonia on the official Euroleague channel on YouTube.

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