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A night to remember: Olimpia dominated the league-leading Olympiacos 83-62


Olimpia dominated the big clash against the EuroLeague-leading Olympiacos, 83-62 after leading basically the entire game. The third quarter was decisive: Olimpia was by three at the intermission, but had a 26-14 run and took control when the defense was sustained by three straight three-pointers made by Johannes Voigtmann (one) and Billy Baron (two). Olimpia opened up a twenty-point lead early in the fourth and never looked back. It was an impressive showing. Olympiacois entered the game exhibiting a 86.5 scoring averages but was forced 24 points under it, Sasha Vezenkov, a leading MVP candidate, scored 10 points, almost half his average. Olimpia forced 19 turnovers, won the rebounding battle, limited the turnovers to 11 and made 12 threes. It was an impressive night. Billy Baron, playing under the eyes of his dad, not only scored 18 points, ha also had five assists taking advantage of the attention that Olympiacos defense paid to him. Melli was the only other double-digit scorer because it was really a team effort. Pippo Ricci was clutch (he had three steals, no turnovers), Stefano Tonut added six rebounds to his seven points, Nicolò Melli overcame his foul troubles containing Vezenkov. “His defense was huge and Kyle Hines also was able to contain him while defending over a perimeter player which is normally not his job. I don’t remember many defensive lapses tonight. Voigtmann was huge both in defending the pick and rolls and staying with Moustapha Fall, who is great at creating problems with his size,” Coach Ettore Messina said at the end. The Coach pointed out the competitiveness demonstrated by the team. “We force four of five jump balls, that indicates a great level of aggressiveness. Competitiveness was the key tonight,” he added after paying respect to the fans who once more created a great atmosphere. For Olimpia was the fourth win in a row.