Italy Cruise To Second Victory

10 July 2013

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Matteo Fallucca (Italy)
Matteo Fallucca and Italy got their second win in as many days

Italy led from start to finish against the Czech Republic and led by as many as 26 points before settling for a relaxed 89-75 win on the second day of action in Group D at the Sportland U20 European Championship.

The Azzurri protected the ball well and shot very efficiently from two-point range to build a ten-point cushion by the final minute of the opening quarter, which ended 23-13.

The Italian aggressive defence posed even greater problems to their opponents in the second frame, as they kept the Czechs to just eight points during a seven-minute stretch, at the end of which the difference had ballooned to 18 points, 39-21.

Italy kept pressing the ball and scored off Czech turnovers over and over again and with six players sharing the offensive weight almost in equal measure, they took their biggest lead of the game, 67-41, midway through the third period.

The proud Czechs however did not abandon the fight altogether and Italy took their foot off the gas somewhat, which resulted in the Czech Republic cutting in the deficit significantly.

The Italian bench got somewhat nervous when Martin Kriz's jump shot capped a 10-0 run by the Czechs to make it 73-65 with a little more than five minutes to play.

But it was short-lived hope for the Czechs as Italy answered with 10 straight points themselves and put the game beyond doubt.

Stefano Tonut finished with a team-high 14 points and Matteo Imbró added 13 points and three assists for Italy, who saw six players scoring in double digits.

The Czech Republic's Samuel Faifr led all scorers with 21 points and Kríz had 19 points, with each player capturing a game-high seven rebounds.


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