|Forward Danilo Gallinari led all Italy scorers with 13 points and added seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks|
Italy broke away in the second quarter en route to a 63-53 away win over the Czech Republic that gave them a second win in Group F of the EuroBasket qualifiers.
The Italians built a lead before half-time and although it was rarely comfortable they did enough to hang on through the second half as the Czechs turned to the three-pointer and kept coming up empty.
The Czechs had enjoyed a 21-19 lead early in the second quarter, but Daniel Hackett's three for Italy sparked a 14-2 run that saw them lead 33-23 on Luigi Datome's lay-up before half-time.
The Czechs battled to keep the lead in the high single figures in the third quarter but could not find a way to cut into it, in large part thanks to some dismal shooting that saw them finish just 1-of-14 - just 7.1% - from distance.
Danilo Gallinari led Italy with 13 points while David Chiotti had 10.
Jakub Houska had 14 points for the Czechs while Petr Benda added 10.
Italy Head Coach Simone Pianigiani
"We know that the Czech Republic has a strong team with players who play in European leagues. We wanted to stop their fast breaks, this was our first point. And I'm happy, that we accomplished it."
Czech Republic Head Coach Pavel Budínský
"We defended well and kept Italy on 63 points, that's a good card. But
we have failed on offense. We simply did not shoot reliably. We have been
together as a team for two weeks. I would like to congratulate Italy, it's a very strong team physically."
Italy player David Chiotti
"Our good defence was the reason why we won this game. The home team scored only 53 points, this is a good result for us."
Czech Republic player Jakub Houška
"We had problems on offence. It was a good game for me, but there was one black point - we didn't win."