Euroleague: Efes Istanbul-Olimpia Milano 77-83. Strong points

A feat by Olimpia Milano, who overtook Istanbul against European champions Efes on the 32nd day of the Euroleague and secured 4th place in the standings. The Messina team recovered from -15 in the first half and won 83-77, bringing five men to double digits (Datome 14 points top scorer): in the final they decide the baskets of Shields and Melli . AX returns to the field in a week at the Forum against Mike James’ Monaco

I’Milan Olympia win at Istanbul 83-77 against theEphes and interrupts the series of two consecutive defeats in the Euroleague. Wonderful return of the AX, which goes back to -15 of the first half, leaving just 26 points in the second half European champion phenomena Micic (27 points) and Larkin. Once again the defense and mental stability of the Messina boys was decisive, with an assists/turnovers record of +19 and well five double digit men: Datome (14), Hall (13), Shields (12), Rodriguez (12) and Melli (10). Milan, already certain of a participation in the playoffs, thus blinds fourth place in the standings with a record of 17-8: a fundamental investment, which is worth the advantage of the home factor. The AX returns to the floor in a week at the Forum against Monk of the great ex, Mike James.

The match report

Extremely balanced departure, before Micic’s personal show only with 11 points in an amen he tries extra time for the hosts (22-13 at 6′). The Efes pulls divinely long and with a sensational 7/9 out of three goes to the first mini interval greater than 9 lengths (30-21). Milan finally finds the way to the 6.75 basket, but the Turks are unplayable from afar with Larkin and Moerman (10/14) and the gap soars to double digits (44-31 at 16′). The red and white attack is blocked, that of Efes is unleashed: the result is -15 with which the AX is immobilized. (51-36). The Messina team leaves the locker room with the eyes of the tiger: Tarczewski changes the Milan defense, which he only concedes 3 points in seven minutes and returns to the game with Chacho’s lay-up and triple (54-53 at 28′). Ricci signs the equality, Hines the overtaking with which you go to the last rest (61-62 at 30′). On the floor there is bullfighting (67-69 at 35′): theEfes hits the iron with the long shot (0/14 in the second half), Datome with the left-hander signs the maximum advantage of Milan at 3′ from the siren (70-75). Olympia administer the end and along with Shields and Melli, he sent the game to the end credits, winning 83-77 and secure fourth place.

Efes Istanbul-Olimpia Milano 77-83: match report

Milano: Datome 14, Hall 13, Rodriguez and Shields 12, Melli 10, Hines 9, Tarczewski 4, Bentil, Delaney and Ricci 3

Messina: “This team has a great sense of responsibility”

“It was a very important victory against the European champions, against one of the big favorites for the final victory. We played a fantastic second half, the players deserve all the credit for this victory. The coaches can do anything, but the games are always won by the players. In the second half, I had zero turnover, an incredible number. It’s a team that has a great sense of responsibility and they knew what it took to do well in the second half and they did it. I didn’t have much to say in the locker room. It was a great win, it brings us closer to home factor advantage, even if it is still there math doesn’t confirm it“.

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