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A memorable shooting night was too much for Olimpia against Maccabi


It was an unbelievable shootout that Maccabi controlled from the beginning because its ability to run, score in transition and off offensive rebounds. In the first half Maccabi couldn’t miss on its way to a memorable offensive game. Olimpia resisted to the best of its capabilities, shooting and executing the offense well on its part but we some defensive flaws. In the fourth quarter, Olimpia scored 32 points and got within four twice with plenty of time to play. That was when Maccabi made three consecutive threes, the first one and probably decisive was made by Norris Cole, then DeShaun Thomas took over. He made the first three off a broken play. It was the walkoff homer for them. Maccabi was 111-102. Olimpia was led by a 22-point performance by Jordan Theodore, who has 52 in the last three games in which he established himself as a top point-guard. Five players scored in double figure. Arturas Gudaitis had 18 and didn’t miss a shot. His last nine field goals in the EuroLeague went all in. But Maccabi was too much and inside the experience, size and athleticism of Parakhouski and Tyus overwhelmed Olimpia’s big men. “We put everything on the court, but the difference of energy and athleticism was too much tonight for us – Coach Pianigiani said -. There was a moment when they had Pierre Jackson, Norris Cole, DeAndre Kane, DeShaun Thomas and Alex Tyus on the court. They got a lot of fastbreak points, pushing all the time. They have these kinds of players who can run and get second-chance points. We tried until the end. Also for us, we had five players who scored in double digits. We tried to move the ball but their athletisicm and the gap in energy was too much.”