The Dutch team was once again athletic, good on the fast break, willing to make the extra pass and both Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam and Mohammed Kherazzi were at times, dominant in the paint - the former achieving a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds while the latter produced 18 points and 9 boards.
In fact, it wasn't until Coach Sacripanti brought the similarly athletic Paul Biligha off the bench for a lengthy stint in the second half that the game changed and mometnum shifted the way of Italy.
His contribution was perhaps a little more than a cameo and the impact he had was arguably the real key to the game. He finished with 9 points and 5 rebounds and was perfect in his shooting.
Similarly triples by Roberto Rullo either side of the third and fourth quarter break were pivotal with his second three-pointer talking Italy out to 59-50 advantage when both teams had been tied up at 46-46 minutes earlier.
While Netherlands battled gamely to try and pull the deficit back, it was fitting that Gentile delivered the dagger shot from the wing with three minutes to go to effectively seal the fate of the Dutch.