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Olimpia dominated Derthona wire-to-wire and won 79-63

16/01/2023
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It was supposed to be a tough game and a close one, but Olimpia dominated it, start to finish line, and the 79-63 final score doesn’t reflect what went on on the court. Olimpia led wire to wire by as many as 26 points at various moments. Derthona was capable to come back a little late in the second quarter when a 14-point margin was reduced to five after a JP Macura huge three. Olimpia finished the period better gaining a 10-point lead again. In the third, Olimpia exploded with 32 points and the game was secured. “Three trings stood out today – Coach Ettore Messina said – Nicolò Melli was very aggressive offensively and we set him up with more patience, Naz Mitrou-Long had a very solid game, defensively he was very effective pressuring the ball, and Gigi Datome finally came back. Winning big back-to-back against the top teams doesn’t mean anything in the long haul but it is encouraging.” Olimpia began the game with a smallball line-up, with three guards, then Brandon Davies and Pippo Ricci had to overcome some foul troubles, but really Olimpia never had any problems. Turnovers were kept to a minumun, eight, the team made 10 threes, was effective attacking the rim (almost 60 percent from two) and controlled the rebounds. Melli led the scorers with 16 points, Mitrou-Long added seven rebounds to his 11 points, Billy Baron made three threes.

PIPPO RICCI
GIGI DATOME
KYLE HINES