Italy showed that 24 hours is a long time in basketball as they bounced back from a humiliating defeat against Lithuania to hammer the Czech Republic in the ACI Trading Ltd U20 European Championship Men.
Marco Belinelli, their sensational 1.96m guard from Lega A champions Climamio Bologna, poured in 16 points to lead the Azzurri to a 73-52 Group B triumph.
The Czech Under-20 basketball team have suffered three defeats in in their build up for the forthcoming European Championships.
In a Russian international tournament, the Czechs went down 76-56 to Turkey, were beaten 81-68 by Russia and lost 68-60 against Greece.
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