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Olimpia completed the Tuscany sweep defeating Pistoia 89-66


The Tuscany sweep was completed last night with another commanding win in Pistoia, 89-66. After winning the Lucca Tournament, Olimpia returned home with a third win. In Pistoia, the team took the game over early in the second quarter and built on its defensive prowess.  It was a good exam because for the first time Kaleb Tarczewski was in foul trouble all night, stayed on the court for 14 minutes only and a team adjustment was necessary. “Besides – Coach Ettore Messina said at the end – Pistoia was really aggressive, we needed time to adjust and for the first time a team decided to defend our pick and rolls with great aggressiveness so I’m glad that we didn’t have many turnovers.” All the players had their moments, Chris Burns was crucial under the boards, Andrea Cinciarini had a seven-point third quarter, Aaron White set the tone early and Vlado Micov built on his Efes game getting into a decent rhythm offensively. “I like the defensive attitude, too. I like that a player like Shelvin Mack, coming from a long NBA career, tried to take charge late in the fourth. We try to play defense and we pass the ball. This is good at this time,” Coach Messina pointed out after the game.

THE BOXSCORE – Oriora Pistoia-A|X Armani Exchange Olimpia Milano 66-89 (22-24; 32-47; 53-72)

Olimpia: Gravaghi 3 (1/1), Mack 4 (1/9), Micov 13 (5/5), Dulkys 16 (5/10), Moraschini 5 (2/5), White 9 (3/5), Rodriguez 3 (1/8, 5 ast), Shashkov,Tarczewski 8 (4/4), Cinciarini 7 (1/3, 4/4 ft), Rey 11 (3/4, 7 reb), Burns 10 (4/6, 8 reb). Coach: Messina.

Oriora Pistoia:  Castelli, Della Rosa, Riismaa, Petteway 20, D’Ercole 11, Brandt 4, Salumu 3, Landi 12, Dowdell 4, Johnson 4, Wheatle 8. Coach:  Carrea