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Olimpia led the game and then won it with the defense

03/12/2017
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Olimpia came up with a well-deserved win in Reggio Emilia 72-71 after controlling the game for the most part and leading pratically from wire to wire. In spite of this a difensive stand was necessary on the last possession in order to avoid another negative close call. Reggio Emilia was capable to erase a 8-point late deficit and tie the game a 71 with 18 seconds left. Curtis Jerrells made a free throw for the decisive lead. Reggio had one last chance but Olimpia kept the ball out of Della Valle hands. Markoishvili took the shot and missed including the last try by James White at the buzzer off an offensive rebound. Olimpia won with a commanding defensive game holding Reggio Emilia’ s first scorer Della Valle at a 25% shooting night. Jerrells scored 15 first-half points, Theodore came up big at the end, Bertans was solid at both ends of the floor and Gudaitis was a giant inside scoring 18 points and making 8 of 8 free throws. “The substance of our game, the attention paid to defense pleased me but because of our effort and the injured players that wanted to help anyway we cannot afford to let it to slip away. In the end we were fortunate to win but we definitely deserved it”, Coach Pianigiani said after the game.