2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A

The 2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A was the 93rd season of the Lega Basket Serie A, the highest professional basketball league in Italy.

Lega Basket Serie A
Competition details
Season 2014–15
Teams 16
Dates 12 October 2014 – 26 June 2015
Final positions
Champions Banco di Sardegna Sassari
1st title
Runners-up Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
Semifinalists EA7 Emporio Armani Milano
Umana Reyer Venezia
Relegated Pasta Reggia Caserta
Awards
MVP United States Tony Mitchell
Finals MVP United States Rakim Sanders
Best Young Player Italy Simone Fontecchio
Best Coach Italy Maurizio Buscaglia
Statistical leaders
Index Rating Italy Luca Vitali
19.4
Points United States Tony Mitchell
20.7
Rebounds United States O. D. Anosike
10.9
Assists Italy Andrea Cinciarini
6.2

The regular season started on 12 October 2014 and finished on 10 May 2015,[1] after all teams had played 30 games each. The eight best ranked teams advanced to the play-off phase whilst Pasta Reggia Caserta was relegated to the Serie A2 after finishing last in the league table.

The play-offs started on 18 May 2015 and finished on 26 June 2015, Banco di Sardegna Sassari won their first title by beating Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in game 7 of the finals.

TeamsEdit

Team City Arena Capacity
Acea Roma Rome Palazzetto dello Sport 3,500
Acqua Vitasnella Cantù Cantù Palasport Pianella 3,910
Banco di Sardegna Sassari Sassari Palasport Roberta Serradimigni 5,000
Consultinvest Pesaro Pesaro Adriatic Arena 6,119
Dolomiti Energia Trento Trento PalaTrento 4,360
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano Milan Mediolanum Forum 11,210
Enel Brindisi Brindisi PalaPentassuglia 3,534
Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia Pistoia PallaCarrara 4,000
Granarolo Bologna Bologna Unipol Arena 9,200
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia Reggio Emilia PalaBigi 3,500
Openjobmetis Varese Varese PalaWhirlpool 5,100
Pasta Reggia Caserta Caserta PalaMaggiò 6,387
Sidigas Avellino Avellino Palasport Del Mauro 5,195
Umana Reyer Venezia Venezia Palasport Taliercio 3,509
Upea Capo d'Orlando Capo d'Orlando PalaFantozzi 3,613
Vanoli Cremona Cremona Palasport Mario Radi 3,527

Season narrativeEdit

SupercupEdit

The Italian Supercup opened the season on October 4 and 5 at Sassari's PalaSerradimigni, in a final four format. The previous year's League and cup runners-up Montepaschi Siena (also defending champions) did not participate after declaring bankruptcy over the summer. League champions EA7 Emporio Armani Milano comfortably dispatched Enel Brindisi (third in the 2014 cup) 71-59 in the first semifinal on the back of Linas Kleiza's and Joe Ragland's long-distance shooting (17 and 16 points respectively) in a mistake-strewn game. The other semifinal saw cup-holders Banco di Sardegna Sassari have an easy 89-73 win over Acea Roma (league semifinalist), with the hosts always leading and coach Romeo Sacchetti rotating his squad.[2]

The final saw Sassari add a second title to their prior cup win, downing Milano 96-88. The Sardinians started the game on the front foot, leading the first quarter 29-14 while Milano struggled to score (0-for-6 from three). They continued to drive the game at the start of the second quarter but Milano found a way back into the game thanks to stronger defense and a stellar MarShon Brooks to answer with a 15-0 run from 36-18 down, with Sassari then finding their scoring shoes to finish the half 50-40. Three's from Ragland and Kleiza helped Milano claw back at the lead but Brooks missed the shot to equalise, with the quarter ending on 72-68. Sassari would stay in front for the rest of the game, with Supercup MVP Jerome Dyson entertaining the fans. Brooks led all scorers with 26 points, followed for Milano by Ragland (17) and Kleizia (16) whilst Dyson paced the winners with 25 and three other players had 14 points.[3]

All Star GameEdit

The All Star Game was played on 17 January 2015 in Verona's PalaOlimpia, players from EA7 Emporio Armani Milano were absent as the club was involved in Euroleague games at the same period.[4] An entertaining defense-free game between Dolomiti Energia and Named Sport sponsored squads finished 146-143 for the latter, with a token appearance by former star player and Named Sport coach Gianmarco Pozzecco at the end of the game. Christian Eyenga was named game MVP whilst Andy Rautins won the three-point contest and the pair of Tony Mitchell and Kader Kam (from freestyle group Da Move) won the dunk contest.[5]

CupEdit

The Italian Cup was held from 20 to 22 February at the PalaDesio in Desio. Banco di Sardegna Sassari won its second successive title by beating EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 101–94 in the final. David Logan was named the Cup final MVP.

PlayoffsEdit

Banco di Sardegna Sassari surprised regular season leaders and competition favourites EA7 Emporio Armani Milano in a semifinal game 7 overtime victory to reach the finals for a historic first time.[6]

FinalsEdit

Having won the decisive game 6 after three overtimes,[7] Banco di Sardegna Sassari overcame hosts Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 73-75 during game 7 at the PalaBigi to win their first ever Serie A title. Sassari's Jerome Dyson's was named Finals MVP.[8][9]

Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PR Pts Qualification or relegation
1 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 30 26 4 2584 2202 1.173 52 Qualification to playoffs
2 Umana Reyer Venezia 30 22 8 2400 2221 1.081 44
3 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 30 21 9 2317 2219 1.044 42
4 Dolomiti Energia Trento 30 19 11 2440 2402 1.016 38
5 Banco di Sardegna Sassari 30 19 11 2549 2435 1.047 38
6 Enel Brindisi 30 16 14 2280 2231 1.022 32
7 Acqua Vitasnella Cantù 30 15 15 2389 2354 1.015 30
8 Granarolo Bologna[a] 30 15 15 2331 2416 0.965 28
9 Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia 30 13 17 2307 2332 0.989 26
10 Acea Roma 30 12 18 2143 2210 0.970 24
11 Openjobmetis Varese 30 12 18 2418 2475 0.977 24
12 Vanoli Cremona 30 12 18 2308 2348 0.983 24
13 Sidigas Avellino 30 12 18 2283 2341 0.975 24
14 Upea Capo d'Orlando 30 10 20 2094 2222 0.942 20
15 Consultinvest Pesaro 30 8 22 2169 2463 0.881 16
16 Pasta Reggia Caserta[b] 30 8 22 2253 2394 0.941 15 Relegation to Serie A2 Gold
Updated to match(es) played on 10 May 2015. Source: Legabasket
Notes:
  1. ^ 2 points deducted to Bologna for tax and social security contributions payment arrears.[10]
  2. ^ 1 point deducted to Caserta for income tax payment arrears.[11]

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away AVE BOL BRI CAN CAP CAS CRE MIL PES PIS REG ROM SAS TRE VAR VEN
Sidigas Avellino 96–79 77–80 76–79 65–75 70–74 84–79 73–69 69–60 73–69 88–94 74–70 70–83 84–72 67–91 71–76
Granarolo Bologna 77–78 75–68 108–76 74–69 79–73 70–83 58–81 89–85 90–67 78–66 90–77 80–75 88–78 86–78 79–83
Enel Brindisi 81–67 75–64 76–75 78–73 60–72 81–65 73–85 92–56 89–77 56–79 84–54 76–74 82–74 69–71 74–81
Acqua Vitasnella Cantù 74–65 89–67 63–73 93–67 83–72 79–76 83–64 83–67 76–80 64–63 60–70 79–75 110–84 91–83 73–77
Upea Capo d'Orlando 67–81 63–72 66–65 79–71 68–64 57–74 71–57 69–70 71–74 67–73 70–73 72–71 67–68 84–71 67–54
Pasta Reggia Caserta 91–105 81–76 69–78 95–107 70–83 66–81 78–82 80–73 59–63 75–65 54–53 94–87 88–90 78–82 84–73
Vanoli Cremona 88–81 81–76 87–72 71–63 76–78 81–77 61–67 73–80 75–81 87–88 71–74 87–99 77–82 64–53 84–91
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 95–78 117–92 77–68 83–64 98–69 78–71 94–61 96–61 78–77 118–68 77–56 97–80 90–75 79–69 80–71
Consultinvest Pesaro 62–77 67–70 93–101 83–103 62–60 80–70 74–89 61–84 82–86 75–74 89–87 71–75 57–76 85–96 89–90
Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia 61–68 72–73 70–83 88–87 94–73 87–76 76–83 73–79 84–53 92–78 94–84 81–84 86–69 87–103 82–90
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 96–72 66–56 67–63 86–74 77–65 95–74 69–70 77–76 91–73 71–59 87–83 74–66 63–58 86–70 70–67
Acea Roma 81–72 90–84 80–58 75–78 67–63 75–62 63–50 68–79 76–80 70–63 66–56 75–84 68–75 87–78 62–72
Banco di Sardegna Sassari 81–75 89–76 87–78 86–69 70–68 95–84 88–82 111–112 92–64 96–78 87–74 72–61 84–92 71–79 88–80
Dolomiti Energia Trento 92–85 96–81 95–83 83–71 90–73 73–66 116–114 84–102 77–65 86–72 69–78 82–68 104–82 78–65 66–93
Openjobmetis Varese 66–73 83–73 82–93 93–84 80–73 84–80 86–82 97–105 70–80 67–71 112–118 78–73 113–117 70–76 53–67
Umana Reyer Venezia 79–71 96–71 76–71 80–68 90–67 88–76 82–56 74–84 84–72 66–63 59–68 74–57 90–100 90–80 98–95
Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistical leadersEdit

PointsEdit

Rank Name Team PPG
1.   Tony Mitchell Dolomiti Energia Trento 20.7
2.   Allan Ray Granarolo Bologna 17.2
3.   LaQuinton Ross Consultinvest Pesaro 17.1
4.   David Logan Banco di Sardegna Sassari 16.8
5.   Jerome Dyson Banco di Sardegna Sassari 16.2

AssistsEdit

Rank Name Team APG
1.   Andrea Cinciarini Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 6.2
2.   Luca Vitali Vanoli Cremona 5.7
3.   Ronald Moore Pasta Reggia Caserta 5.2
4.   Langston Hall Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia 5.1
5.   Jerome Dyson Banco di Sardegna Sassari 4.3

StealsEdit

Rank Name Team SPG
1.   Jerome Dyson Banco di Sardegna Sassari 2.0
2.   Ádám Hanga Sidigas Avellino 1.9
3.   Ronald Moore Pasta Reggia Caserta 1.7
4.   David Logan Banco di Sardegna Sassari 1.6
5.    Bobby Jones Acea Virtus Roma 1.5

ReboundsEdit

Rank Name Team RPG
1.    O. D. Anosike Sidigas Avellino 10.9
2.   James Mays Enel Brindisi 9.4
3.   Shane Lawal Banco di Sardegna Sassari 9.2
4.   Dario Hunt Upea Capo d'Orlando 8.5
5.   Achille Polonara Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 8.4

BlocksEdit

Rank Name Team BPG
1.   Shane Lawal Banco di Sardegna Sassari 2.0
2.   Riccardo Cervi Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 1.8
3.   Marco Cusin Vanoli Cremona 1.2
4.    Delroy James Enel Brindisi 1.1
5.   Dario Hunt Upea Capo d'Orlando 1.1

ValuationEdit

Rank Name Team VPG
1.   Luca Vitali Vanoli Cremona 19.4
2.   Shane Lawal Banco di Sardegna Sassari 18.7
3.   Dejan Ivanov Pasta Reggia Caserta 18.3
4.   James Mays Enel Brindisi 18.2
5.   Achille Polonara Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 18.1

PlayoffsEdit

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 3
8 Granarolo Bologna 0
1 EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 3
5 Banco di Sardegna Sassari 4
4 Dolomiti Energia Trento 1
5 Banco di Sardegna Sassari 3
5 Banco di Sardegna Sassari 4
3 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 3
2 Umana Reyer Venezia 3
7 Acqua Vitasnella Cantu 2
2 Umana Reyer Venezia 3
3 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 4
3 Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia 3
6 Enel Brindisi 2

AwardsEdit

  Tony Mitchell (Dolomiti Energia Trento)[12]
  Maurizio Buscaglia (Dolomiti Energia Trento)[12]
  Simone Fontecchio (Granarolo Bologna)[13]
  Salvatore Trainotti (Dolomiti Energia Trento)[12]
  Rakim Sanders (Banco di Sardegna Sassari)[14]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. ^ "Basket, All Star Game senza i milanesi impegnati in Eurolega" [Basketball, All Star Game without the Milanese caught up in the Euroleague]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). 5 January 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
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  7. ^ Di Schiavi, Vincenzo (24 June 2015). "Basket, finale gara-6: Sassari-Reggio Emilia 115-108 dopo 3 supplementari" [Basketball, finals game 6: Sassari-Reggio Emilia 115-108 after 3 overtimes]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Sassari. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
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  11. ^ "Consiglio federale a Milano. Lega di Serie A e diritti televisivi, Serie A2 campionato unico, JuveCaserta penalizzata di un punto" [Federal council in Milan. Serie A league and television rights, single Serie A2 championship, JuveCaserta penalised of a point]. Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (in Italian). 21 February 2015. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  12. ^ a b c "Basket, Lega Awars 2015: pioggia di premi su Trento, Mitchell MVP di serie A1, Trainotti dirigente dell'anno, Buscaglia coach of the year" [Basketball, Lega Awards 2015: heap of awards for Trento, Mitchell Serie A MVP, Trainotti executive of the year, Buscaglia coach of the year]. GazzettadelleValli.it (in Italian). 8 May 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  13. ^ Aquino, Luca (8 May 2015). "Virtus, Fontecchio nominato miglior giovane dell'anno" [Virtus, Fontecchio named best young player of the year]. Corriere di Bologna (in Italian). RCS MediaGroup. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Banco di Sardegna, Sanders MVP e top scorer della finale" [Rakim Sanders is the MVP and top scorer of the finals]. Lega Basket Serie A (in Italian). 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.