Ettore Messina knows where to start again

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Olimpia Milano defeated at the Forum by Zalgiris: the words of Messina

Ettore Messina commented in the press room on Friday night’s Euroleague defeat against Zalgiris Kaunas: 66-61 the final score in favor of the Lithuanians, who were able to resist the Red Shoes’ comeback attempt, from -19, in the last quarter of the game.

“They played a solid team game, offensively and defensively, as a Final Four team, fully in the playoff zone,” said the coach of the Milanese club. “Coming to us, I’m happy with the comeback, with the positive signs that came from Stefano Tonut, who I think broke the ice in his first year in Milan, from Pippo Ricci played another solid game. Then our reality right now is that if three-four players can’t give us enough, whatever the reason, then winning becomes difficult at this level.”

“Our goal now is to beat Tortona on Sunday,” Messina added, “it won’t be easy because they are playing well, but we will try to do it because we intend to end the first round of the Italian championship in first place and enter as No. 1 in the Italian Cup. The team got unblocked in the fourth period following the great example of Kyle Hines, who defended, handled the ball, did excellent things. We need to follow that example, we’re working on it.”

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