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Brescia prevailed over Olimpia in a very tough, close game 78-72

19/01/2020
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In a very tough and close game, Brescia edged Olimpia in the last two minutes 78-72. The teams exchanged field goals and the lead for a few possessions. Olimpia took a four-point lead after a Kaleb Tarczewski dunk, but DeAndre Lansdowne responded with a three to cut the lead to one and a little later made another three to tie the score. Then Ken Horton made two free throws, Vlado Micov responded with a corner three, Horton again scored on fade-away bank shot. Keifer Sykes – who had 19 points – converted a Micov pass with a powerful lay-up at the rim with 55 seconds left in the game. On a decisive defensive possession, when it needed a stop, Olimpia allowed Horton to make a three and was also fouled during the execution. The ensuing free throw meant a sudden three-point margin that essentially closed the game. Brescia won 78-72 at the end. “We need a stable rotation, we will try to have it in time for the Final Eight – Coach Ettore Messina said -. Tonight, I saw a lot of good things, but when somebody had to be subbed because the energy level was down, we lost our rhythm. For the most part, our game was solid and our defense was good, in the end it was anybody’s game and we lost because of some mistakes, especially at the defensive end of the floor. Other than that, I can recall eight missed lay-ups, I mean dunks, offensive rebound, silly mistakes. It can happen, especially when you play the fourth game in eight days, but if we just make four of them we win the game. It’s pretty simple, but we make mistakes and tonight we didn’t shoot well enough from the field, we missed many open shots, at-the-rim shots.” While Sykes scored 19 points, Kaleb Tarczewski had nine points and 11 rebounds. Olimpia elected to play without Sergio Rodriguez and Luis Scola, Riccardo Moraschini and Jeff Brooks were also out with injuries.

AMEDEO DELLA VALLE
MICHAEL ROLL
NEMANJA NEDOVIC