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Olimpia switched off of the game in the second half and lost 86-83 after an overtime


Olimpia simply dominated the first half in Athens, led by as many as 20 points. Then the enshrine was switched off, Panathinaikos came back, tied the game up with less than two seconds left on a Mario Hezonja drive and won 96-93 in a crazy overtime. Making three straight threes and scoring in each of the first five possessions, Panathinaikos buio a nine-point lead and still Olimpia came back and had a three to tie the game up at the buzzer. Gigi Datome’s attempt was a little short and that was the end.
“We switched off after the big lead and that is a cardinal sin in basketball, we got crushed under the boards, the energy disappeared,” Coach Ettore Messina said at the end.

Olimpia’s playoff seeding will be determined by the last round and it will involved some others scores. It’s only certain that the team won’t finished behind the seventh place. Olimpia still finished the regular season with a 10-7 road record which is still huge. “Stay in shape, be healthy and match-ups will be important in the playoffs. Somehow, certain teams play batter against certain other teams, for several reasons. It might be individual match-ups or style of play. That will be important.”

in Athens six players scored in double figure, but the extremely brilliant collective effort in the first half was replaced by the second half collapse. “It was the fourth road game in seven nights,” Messina pointed out. Olimpia then lost Michael Roll to an injury very early in the third quarter. After it, the team started to crumble down.