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Olimpia survived in Reggio Emilia, winning 71-67 on a tough night


“It was a horrible game, full of mistakes, but we had to find a way to win and we did.” Coach Simone Pianigiani took the win in Reggio Emilia 71-67 after a low-scoring game, with 17 turnovers, uncharacteristically low shooting percentages, a lot of errors. Milan led for most of the games and won, playing without James Nunnally, Nemanja Nedovic and Curtis Jerrells for different reasons. Nobody has really stepped up, but many guys gave something at different junctures of the game. Kuzminskas had an effective first half, scoring 12 of his 14 points. Amedeo Della Valle, returning in Reggio Emilia where he was a top player for four seasons, had eight rebounds, while Mike James dished seven assists and Simone Fontecchio made probably the biggest shot of the game, a corner three late in the fourth to push back Reggio Emilia from four points down to seven points down. After it, Olimpia controlled the game. Two threes by Bryon Allen in the final few seconds reduced the final margin to four. But it wasn’t that close. “With this schedule, sometimes the games are not coming out well. For a coach, it’s frustrating at times, but we have to accept it over the course of a season. We are fighting to play all our cards in the EuroLeague while trying to maintain the first-place in the Italian league, but the schedule is tough and it’s not going to be easy because all the crucial games are coming at the same time in both competitions,” Coach Pianigiani ended.