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Olimpia dominated in Brindisi 98-79 with six players scoring in double digit


It was supposed to be a tough battle in Brindisi against the hottest team in the Italian league, winner of its last five games. But Olimpia dominated it 98-79 start to finish, building a 20-point early lead and never felt threatened. Brindisi attempted a comeback in the second quarter especially when D’Angelo Harrison got hot and Olimpia was affected by foul trouble among the big players and had to use Davide Alviti as a nominal 4 on top of losing Shavon Shields after a few minutes when he landed over Marcquise Reed foot. He twisted his left ankle and had to leave the game for good. Olimpia however finished the first half strong and finished the job in the third period. Six players scored in double digit led by Billy Baron 21 points in 27 minutes. Nicolo’ Melli had 14 points and nine rebounds. Stefano Tonut, basically taking over the small forward spot after Shields’ injury, was dominant himself at both ends of the floor. “We directed the game where we wanted it to go defensively and offensively we shared the ball consistently. We are very happy, we anticipated a tough game,” Coach Ettore Messina said at the end.