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.

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.

Lega Basket 2014–15 – Club Locations
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 narrative[edit]

Supercup[edit]

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 Game[edit]

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]

Cup[edit]

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.

Playoffs[edit]

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]

Finals[edit]

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 season[edit]

Standings[edit]

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]

Results[edit]

Source:[citation needed]
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Statistical leaders[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Calendario Serie A Beko 2014-15” [2014-15 Serie A Beko calendar] (PDF). Lega Basket Serie A (in Italian). 24 July 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. ^ “Basket, Supercoppa Italiana: Milano batte Brindisi, in finale contro Sassari” [Basketball, Italian Supercup: Milano beats Brindisi, [is] in final against Sassari]. Repubblica.it (in Italian). 4 October 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  3. ^ Canfora, Mario (5 October 2014). “Basket, Supercoppa. Finale: Sassari-Milano 96-88” [Basketball, Supercup: finals: Sassari-Milano 96-88]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). Sassari. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  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.
  5. ^ Oriani, Massimo (17 January 2015). “Basket, All Star Game, che festa: e alla fine gioca pure il Poz” [Basketball, All Star Game, what a party: and at the end the Poz also played]. Gazzetta.it (in Italian). Verona. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  6. ^ Di Schiavi, Vincenzo (10 June 2015). “Basket, semifinale gara-7, storica Sassari, Milano abdica all’overtime” [Basketball, semifinals game 7, historic Sassari, Milan abdicates in overtime]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Milan. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  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.
  8. ^ “Domestic roundup: June 26”. Euroleague. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  9. ^ Di Schiavi, Vincenzo (26 June 2015). “Basket, finale scudetto, gara-7: Reggio Emilia-Sassari 73-75” [Basketball, championship finals, game 7: Reggio Emilia-Sassari 73-75]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Reggio Emilia. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  10. ^ “Italiani in serie A: solo il 47 per cento eleggibili per la Nazionale, i premi alle società, le penalizzazione di Virtus Bologna e Sutor Montegranaro, l’Istant Replay” [Italians in Serie A: only 47 per cent are eligible for the national team, prizes to societies, the penalties for Virtus Bologna and Sutor Montegranato, Instant Replay]. Federazione Italiana Pallacanestro (in Italian). 18 July 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  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. Archived from the original on 30 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.