Tortona beats Varese in the final 89-88 of the first day of 2023 of Serie A1 2022/2023. Varese throws away a 13-point lead in the last quarter and then recovers a 5-point deficit in the last minute. Last minute in which Tortona finds the triple of the draw and the free ball of victory at the end. Varese remains firm in 6th position in the standings with 7 wins and 6 defeats. Tortona consolidates its 3rd place with 9 victories and 4 defeats. On the next day Tortona will host Virtus Bologna and then go away to Milan against Olimpia. Varese will fly to Puglia to face Brindisi, fresh from the away victory over Trento.
First quarter with Varese finding the maximum advantage on 13-7. Tortona reacts and overturns the score in the last possession closing the first 10 minutes ahead 18-17. Similar percentages for both teams, respectively 43% and 47% shooting and 50% and 57% from mid-range, in an extremely balanced first quarter.
In the second quarter Tortona tries to stretch finding the maximum advantage on 27-35. The hosts come out of the timeout well and manage to recover the disadvantage and close the second quarter ahead of 2 lengths 44-42. Sponda Varese Ross and Woldetensae did well with 12 and 11 points. Cain and Daum keep Tortona afloat with 8 points each.
Third fourth fought in which you fight point to point. In the final minutes Varese manages to escape with a run of 17-5 which allows the hosts to close the third quarter with an 11-point lead over 73-62. The protagonist of the stretch is Ross, who scores another 9 points.
In the fourth quarter Varese tries to maintain the lead accumulated in the previous quarter but has to concede a 7-0 run in two minutes from Tortona, who is back 3 down on 73-70. We fight point to point with Tortona who seems to have closed the match on 85-80 with 1 minute to go. Varese tries and succeeds in the comeback and overtaking going 88-85 one possession away from victory. Tortona finds the triple for the draw and the free kick for the victory in time out,CopyAMP code.