Credit: Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images
Credit Photo by Giuseppe Cottini/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images

AX Armani Exchange Milan remained on top of the Lega Basket standings, after beating Happy Casa Brindisi 79-53 (9-21, 18-6, 22-13, 30-13).

2-pointers this season

Points made: 18,2
Accuracy: 52,6%
Place in standings: 15
Record max: 25
Record min: 13
Most made 2FGs: Shavon Shields

The game was essentially decided in the third quarter when Milan locked down Brindisi to 35 points, issuing a 10-0 run that allowed them to reach a double-digit lead.

Devon Hall finished the contest with 18 points on 6/9 field goals and 4/5 three-point shots, 2/2 free-throws, adding 5 rebounds, one assist, one steal.

The hosts got off on an ideal start in the contest, leading by 10 (15-5) halfway through the first quarter.

Francesco Vitucci's men hit 5 of their first 7 three-point attempts, forcing Messina to a full-court press in order for his team to bounce back. However, Milan kept struggling offensively while allowing their opponents several open looks.

In contrast, the visiting team went 1/8 from downtown in the first quarter which found Brindisi up by 12 (21-9).

A partial score of 2-12 helped Armani turn things around, as Ben Bentil and Devon Hall scored a combined 8 points over that run (23-23).

Despite Brindisi scoring only two points in eight minutes of play, Messina's squad was unable to capitalize on its good defense any further. The 2021 EuroLeague Final Four semi-finalists relied heavily on Nicolo Melli to control the rebounding traffic.

As Devon Hall kept pouring, Brindisi went scoreless for more than four minutes in the third quarter to give up on any chances of winning. The two teams were pretty close (35-37) but then, Armani Milan took off for good.

Within a few minutes, their lead overcame the 20-point mark (72-49), as the hosts hit only one three-pointer after the first quarter and couldn't respond to Milan's pressing.

Happy Casa Brindisi: Jeremy Chappell 13 (4/7 FG, 3/4 FT, 5 REB), Nathan Adrian 9, Josh Perkins 8.

AX Armani Exchange Milan: Devon Hall 18 (6/9 FG, 4/5 3-PT SHOTS, 2/2 FT, 5 REB, 1 AST, 1 TO, 1 ST), Malcolm Delaney 13 (4/8 FG, 4/4 FT, 3 REB, 3 TO), Ben Bentil 10 (7 REB), Sergio Rodriguez 9 (3 ST, 4 TO), Shavon Shields 8.

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