Milano starts to thrive with new hope
After falling short in the Final Four, Olimpia Milano is back on track and they are on a mission to win a title. After making their first run in the Final Four in 29 years, the club is stronger than ever and they are ready to make some noise in their league games in the 2021-22 season.
While coach Ettore Messina wants the rest of the team to focus, Milano’s patience and sheer dedication to the game is starting to pay off. Four games into the season, and the club is better than they were in any of the last 10 years.
Milano has started the season with four wins in a row - a first time this century. The team has beaten CSKA Moscow, Baskonia, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and the defending champions Anadolu Efes all by double digits. That is a huge start for the team that was ousted in the Final Four semis.
For most teams, offence served as a huge factor in winning a game. That was not the same with Milano as the club used defence to win in those games. They stopped the high power attacks that both CSKA and the Efes had in their games, and they are trying to take pride in defence this year.
Milano has not let any team score more than 74 points in a game this season. They have held them to an average of 70.3 points per game, which is a huge difference from their 78.4 points allowed per game last season.
The team is trying to build its name as a strong defensive team. They may not be scoring big numbers, but they are good at holding down other teams, which is a strong case for any team that wants to win a league title.
Against the champs, defence was on full display late in the first half. Milano’s wall only allowed one basket in five minutes and they used a 17-2 run to turn a 9-point deficit to a big lead at the half.
That says a lot about their chances in the season. As long as the club stays this way, one can give them a guarantee of winning the EuroLeague title in the 2021-22 season.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores