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Basketball: France-Italy 100-68

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(ANSA) – ROME, AUGUST 16 – France beats Italy 100-68 in Montpellier, repeating the success achieved in Bologna four days ago. Bad evening but at this point of preparation the real goal is to play together as much as possible to grow and get ready for the races in late August and early September, when the stakes will be very high. A convincing test, that of the Sud de France Arena which provided useful information to the technical staff 8 days before the match against Ukraine valid for qualifying for the 2023 World Cup (24 August on the neutral of Riga in Latvia).

Top scorer Nicolò Melli (13 points), Captain of the day given the forfeit of Datome, a precautionary rest due to a slight fatigue. Danilo Gallinari also in double figures (11).

“Tonight we took a step back – the words of the Azzurri coach Gianmarco Pozzecco – We had no energy and we suffered their pressure on the ball that made us struggle to follow our game. France has a disproportionate physicality and at this point preparation for us is difficult to counter. I tried some situations and I had good signs as in the case of Baldasso but we have to believe in what we are doing, understand how we have to play and put into practice the things we do in training. It is the second game of the summer and I expected these difficulties along such a complicated path “.

Tomorrow the Azzurri will move to Hamburg, where the friendly Supercup tournament will be staged. The first semifinal between Italy and Serbia will be held at 6.00 pm on Friday 19th August. Germany-Czech Republic will follow. On Saturday 20 August the final 3rd / 4th place (4.00 pm) and the final 1st / 2nd place (6.30 pm). (HANDLE).

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