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Olimpia prevailed 89-83 playing at its best in the last five minutes


Olimpia prevailed 89-83 after a tough battle against Baskonia, getting away in the last four minutes when it was able to execute well at both ends of the floor. It was a close game that Olimpia led for most of the time, but Baskonia never gave up and kept pushing, stayed close and took the lead a few times but never by more than two points. Olimpia had a lot from a lot of players. Kyle Hines anchored the defense, made a lot of right plays offensively and combined with Johannes Voigtmann to control the boards. Olimpia outrebounded Baskonia by 13 boards, went 15-for-15 from the line, kept Baskonia three-point shooters under check (8-for-32) and made eight threes out of 21 attempts. Five players scored in double digit including Voigtmann who started the game replacing Nicolò Melli and over time got into a nice rhythm shooting the ball. He made two threes late in the first half, then added two more on top of a fade-away jumper and a thunderous dunk. He finished with a team-high 20 points of index rating because he added eight rebounds to his 16 points. Tim Luwawu-Cabarrot scored 17 points and grabbed two key offensive rebounds down the stretch, Billy Baron added 11 and Shabazz Napier in his debut game had 10 points and three assists. With Melli out, Pippo Ricci helped the team playing at the 4-spot while Stefano Tonut stayed on the court more than 18 minutes. He scored six points in the first half, had a great assist for Davies in the second and overall he erected a perimeter wall along Devon Hall against the many shooters Baskonia has. “They are a very good team, they are among the top eight in the standings, have the best offense in the EuroLeague and with Markus Howard recovered from his ankle injury their roster was completed. This is the kind of win that give you hope and confidence for the future,” Coach Messina said.