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Olimpia struggled in Brescia, forced the overtime, then lost 92-86


Olimpia was short-handed in Brescia, Mike James had to stay home to nurse his back, hurt during last week’s game in Varese, his natural replacement Curtis Jerrells (calf) was out, too, so Andrea Cinciarini started at the point-guard position and Nemanja Nedovic spelled him most of the time. But problems were everywhere, with Kaleb Tarczewski forced to play just 18 minutes (+11 with him in the middle) because of foul troubles, including a technical foul for complaining after an offensive foul called on Micov in the third. He fouled out early in the fourth. Brescia, playing an inspired game, including a couple of lucky three with the shot-clock running out (one scored by Beverly and another by Hamilton), led the game from the second quarter through very late in the fourth. A 9-0 run to close the regulation allowed Olimpia to force the overtime, before losing 92-86. Olimpia led twice in the extra-time after two Nunnally’s field goals, but Brescia responded promptly and when Brooks fouled out the game was essentially over. David Moss scored 27 points and Awudu Abass added 23. They played a combined 87 minutes out of 90 and were instrumental in the win. Olimpia struggled to score against the 3-2 zone defense. Vlado Micov, who grabbed 10 rebounds, one short of his career-best, was ice-cold missing 12 of his 14 shots. Cinciarini had 12 assists (one shy of his career-best) and surpassed the legendary Pierluigi Marzorati as the sixth best passer in the Italian league history. Nunnally scored 25 points, but too many players struggled and the roster has been short-handed both on the perimeter and with the big men.