Italy’s Luca Campani had only one field goal in the game - one he isn’t likely to forget anytime soon.
Campani's put-back as time expired lifted Italy to a 66-65 victory over France in the teams first game of the quarter-final round of the Termosteps U-16 European Championship in Spain.
|Alexis Tanghe scored 22 for France in a losing cause.|
Campani looked like he could be the goat of the game as he missed two free-throws with three seconds remaining which could have tied or put his team ahead.
However, he earned redemption.
Stefano Spizzichini rebounded Campani’s free-throw miss and failed to convert.
But Campani put-back Spizzichini’s miss as the final buzzer sounded, giving the Italians the win.
Campani’s was mobbed by teammates on the court as Italy celebrated their hard fought victory. No team had a lead greater than three over the final five minutes of the game.
Italy had opened up a 53-44 lead with with 8:16 to go in the game.
France went on a modest 16-8 run to cut the lead to one, 61-60, as Tanghe scored seven points over a five-minute stretch setting the stage for the dramatic finish.