|Giacomo Galanda had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Italy|
Italy put a fitting end to their cinderella story in this year's European Championships with a win over France in the third place game. Italy has upset Germany, Greece and France in this tournament. After losing two of their three games in the prelimary round, Italy grew as the tournament progressed. They lost by 33 points, 52-85, to France in their Group A game in Luleå on the 6th of september, but on this night they proved to be stronger than the French team.
|Tony Parker blocking a shot of Matteo Soragna|
In the second half France mounted a comeback and trailed by only 6, 53-47, after three quarters of play. After scoring only 6 points at the half French star Tony Parker had 8 in the third quarter. In the fourth France got closer and closer and eventually tied the game at 62 a piece on two Diaw freethrows. After that the teams changed the leads a couple of times. Gianluca Basile hit 1 of 2 free throws to give Italy a 66-64 lead with 53 seconds left. Moustapha Sonko missed a 3-pointer and Boris Diaw missed the tip in on the offensive rebound.
The rest of the scoring in the game came from the foul line as well. After going 1-2 fromthe line Tony Parker got a last chance after Italy turned the ball over to France with 9.9 seconds left and the score 69-67 in favour of Italy. Parker missed a layup as the clock ran out, destroying France’s hopes for a trip to the Olympics next year.
|The Italian team celebrating|
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker was the only one in double figures for France with 24 points on 10-22 shooting, but he was only 1-7 from 3-point land. Laurent Foirest shot 1-8 from three and France finihsed 3 of 24 (12%) for the game from beyond the arc. France had only 2 assists as a team in the game.