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A crucial mistake at the end and foul troubles condemned Olimpia in game 2

01/06/2019
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Olimpia led for the length of the game, by as many as 14 points, had a memorable game from Mike James (32 points, eight threes), but came up short and lost 112-101 in the overtime, falling down 2-0 in the best-of-five series against Sassari. It was a game for the ages, that Olimpia dominated for the most part, but was consistently plagued by foul troubles, especially with the bigs, and succumbed inside the paint, allowing 58 rebounds to the opponents. Still, Olimpia led by five in the last minute, when Polonara with a put-back reduced the margin to three. Mike James tried to kill the game with a three, it was short and Sassari had one more chance to tie the game with a three. After the time-out, no player had the presence of mind to spend the requested foul and force Sassari to shoot two free throws. Spissu made a long pass to Dyshawn Pierre in the far  corner. He made the three and tied the game at 95. In the last nine seconds, Olimpia didn’t find a way to take a shot. The overtime was no-contest. Olimpia paid a steep price to Kaleb Tarczewski’s fouls. He was plus 8 during his 13 minutes on the court. Only 13, 28 less than in his impressive game 1 performance. Tarczewski was eliminated early in the game, when he was called by the same referee in two consecutive possessions with a blocking foul and a clearly clean block on a Cooley hook shot attempt. His game was ruined. Then, Chris Burns was called with a technical foul, his third in the first half, and Coach Pianigiani had to use extremely small lineups, including using Fontecchio at the 4, Brooks at the 5 etc. It doesn’t matter, because now Olimpia has only one way to stay alive and that is winning in Sassari in game 3.

VLADO MICOV
JAMES NUNNALLY
JEFF BROOKS