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Anothe royal battle in Milan, Efes came up on top 81-76


It was a battle, “a Final Four-level game,” according to Efes’ Coach Ergin Ataman, “we faced a terrific team probably on its way to another Final Four,” Coach Ettore Messina said. Efes won 81-76 in a very close game that counted many, many runs. Olimpia responded every single time. The last assault came up short. After Nemanja Nedovic, plagued all night by foul troubles, made a huge three to cut Efes’ lead to two one more time, Vlado Micov missed a corner three for the lead, Chris Singleton made his own and opened up a five-point lead in the last minute that Efes was capable to keep. “We had problems at ceating advantages at the offensive end of the floor. With Vasilje Micic and James Anderson they eliminated Vlado Micov’s post-up game. We attacked the rim better with the guards than with the bigs. It was a great atmosphere anyway and I’m proud of my team. They are physical, good and their guards are outstanding players,” Coach Messina said. Efes capitalized on a great night from the line. They created many foul shots, and made almost all of them. Olimpia made some huge threes in the first half, but fatigue took a toll late in the game. “Their defensive pressure on Rodriguez, with many players having a turn on him was crucial,” Coach Messina added. Olimpia had Nedovic on fire at some time, but he was limited, Jeff Brooks had a spectacular night in terms of energy, blocking also four shots. Paul Biligha was a presence, protecting the rim, too. In the end, it was the first home loss of the season, “we are going to make up for it on the road,” Messina said. Vlado Micov scored his 2.000th point in his EuroLeague career. He’s the 33rd player in the higstory to do so.