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Olimpia’s defense suddenly looked bad in a 88-83 loss in Pesaro


Olimpia could do nothing in the second half of Game 3 at the defensive end of the floor, allowed Pesaro to score 52 points, come back and win 88-83. After dismantling one of the offense of the league in the first two games, the defense became mediocre suddenly in Pesaro. Totè and Tambone led the come back in the third quarter, Abdur-Rakhman had a sequence of 10 straight points that decided the game. “Our defense was mediocre, we couldn’t take nothing away from them, outside field goals, inside shots, nothing, so they deserved to win, we will try to regroup and see what happens in Game 4,” Coach Ettore Messina said. Olimpia scored 83 points and led for the first three periods, shot over 60 percent from two. “It should have been enough to win the game, it is clear where we lost it,” he added. Surely, foul trouble plagued the anchors in the paint. Nicolò Melli who had 14 points and looked almost unstoppable inside was limited to twenty minutes and also Kyle Hines basically couldn’t play in the first half because of the personal fouls. Now, Olimpia leads the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 scheduled to be played on Saturday again in Pesaro.