Italy used a pair of big runs to take a 73-62 win that leaves Israel winless in the qualifying round at Rethimnon today.
The result means that Italy will most likely finish fourth in Group E and are definitely in the top eight.
In our latest instalment of 24 seconds, we caught up with Italy forward Nicolo Melli who has led his team to the qualifying round of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Men in Crete.
Melli has been a force inside for Antonio Bocchino’s side, averaging 12.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in four games.
Serbia’s towering inside players stifled Italy’s offense in the first half, allowing their perimeter players to get out and run the break as they cruised to an 86-66 win to remain undefeated in the qualifying round in Rethimnon.
Italy’s players learned the hard way that, whenever they wanted to attack the basket, they would have to go up against a twin wall of Dejan Musli and Branislav Djekic, respectively 212 and 206 cm tall.
France turned good defense into easy offense to beat Italy 58-45 in a low-scoring affair in Rethymno.
Tahar Assed Liegeon’s men built a double-digit lead in the second quarter when, thanks to a stifling team defense, they forced their opponents into several turnovers that led to easy fast break opportunities, most of which they converted.
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