Italy Hold Back Bulgaria

26 July 2013
10. Simone Fontecchio (Italy)
Simone Fontecchio topped Italian scoring with 13 points and 12 rebounds

Italy have won their first classification game for 9th to 16th place to secure their Division A spot for 2013, defeating Bulgaria 67-57.

Italy are the first team to join the hunt for 9th place while Bulgaria will look to avoid a bottom three finish and relegation to Division B in the classification games for 13th to 16th place.

Italy rode a big second quarter run, scoring 11 points over a one-and-a-half minute stretch to blow open a close game.

Bulgaria fought back to come within two points in the third quarter, but sufficient firepower enabled the Italians to run out victors.

A combination of 11 second-chance points and 16 fast-break points proved to be the difference for Italy, helped by four first-half threes to Lorenzo Baldasso.

Baldasso finished with 12 points, but it was Simone Fontecchio who scored a team-high 13 to go with 10 rebounds.

Bulgaria were led by 12 points to Aleksandar Vezenkov and Venelin Hristov.


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