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An offensive explosion in the fourth led Olimpia to a 90-78 win over Sassari


Another offensive explosion, ignited by a couple of huge threes made by Nemanja Nedovic, allowed Olimpia to get away in a 31-16 fourth quarter on its way to a 90-78 win over Sassari, before more than 10.000 people in Mediolanum Forum. With Coach Ettore Messina forced to stay at home by flu-like symptoms, Coach Tom Bialaszewski acted as head coach and led his team, “because of a great team effort. I didn’t replace Coach Messina, I just filled in for him, managed minutes and substituions, fouls with the help of the other coaches that were instrumental and have great basketball minds,” he said at the end. Olimpia was ready to go, since the beginning, survived missing the first eight three-point shot attempts, close the first half on a high note (a Shelvin Mack buzzer beater extended the lead to seven, 42-35), then tried to get away early in the second half when the lead ballooned to 13 at one point, with Luis Scola leading the charge. “Then, we took a lot of bad shots, we talked about that in a time-out – Bialaszewski said -, we had to set the tone in the first few possessions and weathered the storm. I knew, as long as we play within ourselves we’re going to be fine, but it was a team effort. There’s no doubt, the guys were ready to play, because of the rivalry and everything.” Five players scored in double figure, Micov and Nedovic played the most, 27 minutes, Kaleb Tarczewski grabbed eight rebounds, Nedovic and Rodirguez combined for 10 assists and the defense, over time, limited the huge umpact that Dyshawn Pierre and Miro Bilan had throughout the game. Amedeo Della Valle returned after a couple of weeks and had a serious impact scoring 12 points over 13 minutes.