The meeting between Prometheus and Brescia will take place on Wednesday, January 18, in Riga. The fight starts at 19.00 Kyiv time. The match will be shown live by Xsport and Setanta Sports Ukraine TV channels.
“Prometheus”, despite the status of a debutant, is very worthy of holding the first European Cup in its history. In a very difficult group, Ronen Ginzburg’s wards have six wins in ten matches and are confidently holding on to the playoff zone. It should be noted that in almost all the lost matches, the current champion of Ukraine looked very worthy. In all, except for the away meeting with the Italian “Brescia”, which the “titans” lost without options in the second round. And today “Prometheus” will try to prove that this fiasco was largely random.
That match for the Ukrainian club turned out to be very difficult. Almost from the very beginning of the meeting, Brescia imposed their basketball and already in half of the first quarter they had secured a gap of six to eight points for themselves. At the beginning of the second ten-minute period, Prometheus tried to catch up with the Italians and even reduced the gap to one point, but the Slobozhans could not turn the tide of the match. Brescia again increased their advantage and finished the first half with a score of 48:42. And after the break, Prometheus, instead of chasing his opponent, completely crumbled. The Brescia players, on the contrary, caught the courage and quickly created a significant lead. In fact, the question of the winner of the match was removed in the third quarter, and the final siren recorded the figures – 104:70 in favor of the Italian club.
After that, Brescia for a long time could not develop its success in the European Cup tournament distance and more often found itself in the role of the defeated side. However, a series of three victories in a row at the junction of 2022 and 2023 allowed the Italians to settle down at the moment in the middle of the standings.
Brescia’s results in the international arena this season are as follows:
October 11. Joventut (Spain) – Brescia (Italy) – 80:63
19 October. Brescia (Italy) – Prometheus (Ukraine) – 104:70
October 26th. Ratiopharm (Germany) – Brescia (Italy) – 90:98
Nov. 1. Brescia (Italy) – Burg (France) – 69:71
November 23rd. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) – Brescia (Italy) – 91:86
29th of November. Brescia (Italy) – Venice (Italy) – 60:80
December 7th. Litkabelis (Lithuania) – Brescia (Italy) – 79:70
December 14. “Cedevita Olimpia” (Slovenia) – “Brescia” (Italy) – 80:83
December 20. “Brescia” (Italy) – “Bursaspor” (Turkey) – 110:74
January 10th. Brescia (Italy) – Joventut (Spain) – 85:75
The best statistical indicators after ten rounds of the European Cup 2022/2023 in Brescia have defender Amedeo Della Valle. On account of the Italian, an average of 15 points scored + 4.5 assists. The average efficiency rating of a main player (he started all ten matches in the starting lineup) is a very decent 17.2 points.
Unlike the previous rival of Prometheus, the Lithuanian Litkabelis, which has been playing with one roster since the start of the season, Brescia made a serious strengthening of the squad at the end of last year. Moreover, to a large extent, these transfers are associated with injuries to two important team players – defenders John Petrucelli and Troy Copein. On December 22, the Italian club signed two newcomers at once – American forward Ryan Taylor (moved from the Greek club Apollon Patras) and Slovenian defender Aleksey Nikolic (joined Dinamo Sassari from another team from the Apennine Peninsula). Of these two, the Balkan shows himself better so far. The participant of the recent EuroBasket 2022 as part of the Slovenian national team for three games of the European Cup scores an average of 8 points + 4.3 assists, the average efficiency rating is 12.7 points.
Over the weekend, the teams played differently in the domestic championships. “Prometheus” more than confidently beat the Latvian “Valmiera” – 104:75 and continued to single-handedly lead the LEBL standings, while “Brescia” lost to “Verona” in a bitter struggle away – 77:81. In Serie A, the opponent of the Ukrainian club after fifteen rounds is in eighth place with seven wins and eight losses.
The upcoming match will be very important for Prometheus, primarily from a psychological point of view. If the wards of Ronen Ginzburg manage to beat the Italians or at least impose a serious fight on Brescia, then there will no longer be teams in Group A of the second European Cup in terms of status that the Titans would not play on an equal footing with. Of course, the best option here would be a victory, which will not only close the defeat from the Apennines in the second round, but also allow the Ukrainian club to continue the tournament struggle, being in the leading positions in their group.
Aroged forecast: victory for Prometheus
Aroged will conduct a text online broadcast of the match Prometheus – Brescia.