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Olimpia won in great fashion, dominating the Reyer game 93-68


Olimpia handled in style all the difficulties of the Reyer game, dominating another Italian League powerhouse, 93-68. Playing less than 48 hours after the Efes’ battle, in its fourth game in a week, without Riccardo Moraschini and Davide Alviti, so with a rotation shorter than usual, Olimpia took control of the game almost immediately with its defensive efficiency and rebounding domination in a beautiful offensive night that made the game basically perfect. Olimpia had 23 assists (Sergio Rodriguez had seven), won the rebounding battle 38-23, shot over 62 percent from two and made 13 threes. The margin was almost immediately big, and Venezia was unable to comeback. “We approached the game with seriousness, our mental strength was impressive, I have no choice but to congratulate my players. We won with a good margin, and we shared the minutes across the roster,” Coach Ettore Messina said. Olimpia for the first time in the Italian League used both Rodriguez and Malcolm Delaney, they both were decisive. Delaney scored 14 points with four threes. Kyle Hines played an Italian League game for the first time. But the intriguing news of the day was Pippo Ricci who started the game at the 3 position and did a great, surprising job. The first time he touched the ball, Ricci made a three, then had a block and finished the night with eight points and four assists. “With no Moraschini and no Alviti, we needed a 3 and we no time to prepare our decision was to go with Ricci. He did all we asked for, was very good at it. This is something we can work on, because at that position, while he is still a 4 and we don’t want to change him, not at all, he can give some versatility,” Messina pointed out. Dinos Mitoglou finished the game strong with a dominating second half. “He is a player who can play a little inside, a little outside, give us some shooting not just from three, but from mid-range, from the high post so the perimeter guys have more room to drive, I think about Shields and Hall”, Messina finished while his team improved to 4-0 in the Italian League.