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Olimpia couldn’t take Efes’ best punch, losing 88-68 in Istanbul


Olimpia absorbed many punches in a first half that included a 16-point, 4-for-4 from three, performance by Chris Singleton, but couldn’t respond one more time, between the second and third quarter when Shane Larkin took control of the game. In the end, it was a 88-68 Efes win. “They played a very organized game, were very sharp offensively, while we didn’t respond adequately,” Coach Ettore Messina said, pointing to the loose balls and the shooting percentage. “I distintly remember three loose balls that we almost got, and we didn’t. All three led to three-point field goals. Nine points allowed just like that. Then, we shot the ball very poorly, especially early in the third quarter when we stll had the chance to make it a game,” he said. Olimpia shot under 40 percent from two-point range and made some threes when the margin was already big. Efes made 12 threes and made up for a rebounding battle that was won, albeit sligthly, by Olimpia, with better percentages.