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Olimpia led start to finish and prevailed 74-68 over Red Star


The last offensive rebound of his game was corrected into the basket as the 24-second shot clock was expiring. Kyle Hines used his signature play to close the game off and put his signature over Olimpia’s second EuroLeague win of the eeek, 74-68 against a Red Star team that never gave up. Olimpia led wire to wire, at one point by 16 points and again by 15 early in the third quarter but Red Star stayed the course and attempted a comeback late in the game when Olimpia struggled to score and relied on its trademark defense. Devon Hall came up huge with 10 second half points including a three from way downtown on a crucial stretch. “We had a very good first half against a physical and aggressive team then we got tired because I cut the rotation short and wanted to consistently have three ball handlers on the court to face their aggressiveness. As a result I had a tired team at the end so I tried to do a better use of our resources. But even when we struggled at scoring the ball, we kept our poise, we relied on our defense that was able to perform efficiently with Napier on the court despite his size,” Coach Ettore Messina said.  For the second straight game Olimpia had a lot from different players. Billy Baron led the scorers with 15 points for example. “Hall made some needed points, Hines was monumental once more. Let alone his final offensive rebounder, he was a presence all over the floor. Voigtmann gave us a lot of good things too,” Coach Messina pointed out. Shabazz Napier didn’t score from the field but had five assists to go with his five free throws.