Welcome on olimpiamilano.com official site

Olimpia dominated Game 2 with defense and execution, 86-57


Olimpia dominated Game 1 because of a great shooting night provided by its best shooters, Billy Baron and Gigi Datome, then proceeded to dominate Game 2 when they made just two of their eight three-point attempts. The night belonged to defense and sharp execution. Olimpia won 86-57, a margin one point better than in Game 1, because of a 22-assist night and 71.3 two-point shooting. Patiently, the offense built the best shots for everybody: Melli went 4-for-4, Ricci 4-for-5, Hall 3-for-4, Hines 2-for-2 and Voigtmann 3-for-3 from close range. Shabazz Napier had seven assists, Melli and Hall added three. Pesaro never had a chance. The lead ballooned to beyond the 30-point gap several times and the fourth quarter was just irrelevant. “At the half I was very happy not because of the lead but because we managed to build it without the help of three-point shooting, that was something I really wanted to see,” Coach Ettore Messina said. Olimpia led by 22 at halftime, then at the start of the third quarter scored 13 points with no misses. Shabazz Napier made two threes and had two more assists. His dominating start of the second half essentially close the game out. Olimpia will move to Pesaro now for Game 3 of this best-of-five series with a chance to close it out on Thursday on the road. The night belonged to Coach Ettore Messina too. He won his 100th Italian league game with Olimpia and tied up Carlo Recalcati for the most games coached in the playoffs. He will be the solitary leader on Thursday in Pesaro.