Former Armwood High basketball standout Adam Sollazzo has brought some more championship swag to Tampa Bay.
By way of Spain.
Sollazzo, 31, who has played professionally in Europe the past nine years, scored a game-high 15 points to lead Leche Rio Breogan to an 83-57 triumph Sunday against Coviran Granada in the third game of the best-of-three finals in the LEB Oro division playoffs in Granada, Spain.
Sollazzo’s team is based in Lugo. LEB Oro — also known as LEB Gold — is the second division of the Spanish basketball league system. The top team in the 19-squad division automatically is promoted to Liga ACB, the Spanish system’s top pro league.
“This city bleeds basketball. Over here where soccer is king, you don’t find many cities like this,” Sollazzo said in a phone interview.
“They (Rio Breogan) have been in the first division before so they’re very happy to get back. It’s just a great accomplishment because a lot of people say the Spanish first division is the best league outside the NBA.”
Sollazzo, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard/small forward who led East Tennessee State to consecutive NCAA tournaments, finished the title-clinching contest with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists. The game was his fifth double-figure scoring effort in nine playoff contests.
“I was just really, really focused,” said Sollazzo, who had a pair of dunks at the game’s outset. “I knew how much this meant to the city and how much it meant to me, so I just wanted to play my absolute best game of the year and just leave it all out on the court. Luckily it happened that way.”