The Mediolanum Forum… painted blue. On the one hand, her friends Italy. And on the other hand, hers of Estonia. With the sound mix being explosive. As well as the victory of the Italians with 83-62.
For the time when Estonia managed to put some… puzzles in Italy, the battle was divided. Except Italy had more solutions. And Simone Fontekios.
The new Utah Jazz player made Italian fans forget for a while the big loss of Danilo Gallinari, who finally suffered a torn ACL! Only for a while, but it was enough.
Fondekio for three…
In the first half, Fontecchio scored 17 points with 4/5 three-pointers (one of them from 8.5 meters) and Italy, from a difficult 21-20 at the start of the second period, was +17 with a 14-0 run .
Gigi Datome came off the bench giving 7 points, Niko Manion added pace, Fontecchio had the baguette and Polonara, Meli “troubled” the Estonians near the basket.
Somehow the first half ended with a difference of 19 points (52-33).
The second half was a standard affair. Italy had the recipe to maintain the difference, with Podzeko taking advantage of the occasion and giving his players a breather, ahead of the match against Greece (3/9, 22:00).
The second half saw Meli and Polonara leading the scoring, with Fontekios staying on the bench. Meli finished the match with 17 points, 5 rebounds and many impressive phases. And Polonara had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
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WHERE WAS THE MATCH REFERRED TO: In the Italians’ 14-0 run in the 2nd period, which opened the gap to +17.
MVP: Simone Fontecchio. Excellent first half, where his team needed him, he had 19 points, on 5/8 3-pointers.
THE UNKNOWN HERO: Gigi Datome came off the bench in a strange part of the game and gave 7 (of 9) points and solutions on defense.
THE “WEAK LINK”: Vene had 2 points on 1/8 shooting with 18:42 on the floor.
MATCH STATISTICS: The difference in rebounds (43 vs. 27) and assists (24 vs. 19, but at the end of the 3rd period it was 21 vs. 10).
GAZZETTA’S COMMENT: Italy had to press its… gas a little. However – and in view of Greece – he showed that he has big bodies that can do damage (Meli, Polonara, Datome) and of course the top player of the “Azzurri” Simone Fontecchio. Estonia had the platform, but on the court their possibilities were limited.
THE DECADES: 21-18, 52-33, 69-52, 83-62
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