Diener scores 26 points in semifinals, leads Vanoli Cremona to Italian Cup title

 

By: Josh Brown | @josh_brown31


The Golden Eagles star captured his second Italian Cup title on Sunday

Almost five years ago to the date, Travis Diener went out on top (or so we thought). The then 32-year old had five years of NBA experience under his belt, had just won an Italian Cup with Dinamo Sassari, and landed a job on Steve Wojciechowski's staff at his alma mater Marquette. Despite all this, the fire still burned for more. 

After three years back home in Milwaukee, Diener announced his return to professional basketball in July 2017. After a solid first season back in Italy with Vanoli Cremona, Diener decided to join the Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni) for TBT 2018. It was a natural reunion for Diener, who teamed up with Dwyane Wade and Steve Novak to lead Marquette to the Final Four in 2003. And as he showed on the court, fifteen years later he still had a little bit of magic left in those feet.

While Diener was great all tournament long (8.6 ppg, 4.2 apg), his shining moment came in the Northeast Regional Championship Game against Boeheim's Army. With the Golden Eagles up 87-86 and a target score of 90 on the board, Diener launched a three from way downtown to send the squad to the Semifinals in Baltimore. Just like old times.

 

Fast forward six months later and the 36-year old is still hitting big shot after big shot. On Saturday night in the Italian Cup Semifinals, Diener scored 26 points in 28 minutes to lead Vanoli Cremona to a 102-91 win over Segafredo Virtus Bologna. Just 24 hours later, Diener scored 8 points to help Vanoli capture its first Italian Cup title in franchise history. While only time will tell what's next, it probably involves Diener giving father time another huge slap in the face.

Check out highlights from Diener's big weekend below!

 

 

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