We’re used to seeing him play every game like it’s the last of his career and his recent performances have helped the team drop from bottom of the table. Andrea Cinciarini (UNAHOTELS Reggio Emilia) takes home the Best Player and Best Italian awards in the twenty-fifth round of the Championship, passing JaCorey Williams (GeVi Napoli), Jayson Granger (Umana Reyer Venezia), Matteo Spagnolo (Dolomiti Energia Trentino). ) and Riccardo Rossato (Givova Scafati).
When things get tough, it’s time to highlight the attributes and show that this position in the standings doesn’t honor a group that was surprised and appreciated last year. The away win over Openjobmetis Varese – fourth in their last five games – gets the chestnuts out of the fire and moves UNAHOTELS Reggio Emilia to third from last place, a position that would mean salvation if the championship were to end today . At the head of the team is a player who, according to his ID, is almost 37 years old, but seeing him on the floor doesn’t seem to suffer from the inexorable passage of time. The face of the Reggio players changed with the start of the second round, which began with the victory over EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, which made them not give up and not raise the white flag to relegation to the cadet series. The constant is always Andrea Cinciarini; a captain, an icon, a certainty, a rock to hold onto to change the fate of an entire season. Sunday’s game gave us back the tit we saw last year between “triple-doubles”, sci-fi assists and a stoic resistance that saw him even play forty minutes several times and take the championship first for assists and minutes played ended. His scorecard is eye-rubbing: 14 points, the result 5/8 from two and 4/4 with the clock stopped; 13 assists, an unsurprising number that confirms him as number one in the category for the second consecutive year; 6 rebounds, collected so that his teammates can already occupy the other half of the field and put pressure on the opponents. At the end of the game, the rating data says 27, crowning him man of the match.
“I’ve been saying all week that we had to draw energy from Scafati’s last ten minutes to come here and win. The fight for salvation has never been as tough as this year. Lots of away shots and we had to; We did it against a great Varese who deservedly ranks high and plays spectacular basketball. We kept them at 81 points, some scoring late in the game. We played a great game defensively, we lost Anim during the game but we didn’t give up. This is a win for all of us. I don’t know how many years I have left, but I enjoy playing against these youngsters. When there’s a player like Ross, who’s likely to be the league MVP, you really try to give it your all. I see it as a personal challenge: I’m 36, I’m aiming for 37; It doesn’t matter what age you play and today I played with my heart because I knew this was a great opportunity. I was born a playmaker, I like to support my teammates, but I also take on a lot of responsibilities.” These are Andrea Cinciarini’s words for Eleven Sports after the match, after having expended all the energy available to conquer a difficult field like Openjobmetis’.
Sixth “double-double” of the season for the “Cincia” who, thanks to his great performances, keeps the hopes of UNAHOTELS Reggio Emilia high. The Cattolica native is the first assists distributed in the league with 9.8 per game, the gap to Colbey Ross (7.4) is significant and could see him finish the season as top assist for the second straight season (10th). .3 in 2021-22). . Cinciarini also ranks third in Serie A in average Elo at 18.5, beating only Colbey Ross (21.6) – with whom he has a long-distance “rivalry” – and JaCorey Williams (18.6) ; His average isn’t far from last season’s, where he had an 18.8 and finished fifth. Within his own team, he is second behind Osvaldas Olisevicius in total points with 266 against his partner’s 272; His percentages say 54.5% from two points, 30.9% from three points and 84.3% from the line. leads for total minutes played (762) and average (31.8); In the 24 games played, he always started in the starting XI and demonstrated – if necessary – his importance in the squad.