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Olimpia is on Cloud Nine in a 86-72 win over Venezia


Olimpia is on cloud nine. The win over Reyer Venezia was the ninth in the Italian league. 86-72 the final score, thanks to a dominating third-quarter effort, inspired by Zach LeDay who finished with 20 points and was impressive in the paint, playing mostly as a nominal center in a contest where small lineups were used very often. Olimpia struggled early in the game when Venezia, in spite of being shorthanded, shot the lights out and led by as many as eight points. Malcolm Delaney led the team in the second period. He finished with 16 points and five rebounds. He led Olimpia’s comeback. “They played with pride and did what they usually do – Coach Ettore Messina said – We were a little spent physically, some guys we decided not to play them because of what they did during the week in terms of playing time, other were used more than enough, like Malcolm Delaney. In the end, we won te game playing well in the second and third period. We did what we were supposed to do. Now on to the Tel Aviv.” Shavon Shields added 14 points, in is ninth consecutive game scoring in double figure.