The Azzurri started well in the friendly against the Olympic runners-up and then succumbed to overtime 77-78. The return match is in Montpellier on Tuesday
The first test of the real national team of coach Pozzecco ends in overtime and with a bitter taste in the mouth. The examination with France immediately became final in front of a public place not at all in the summer where the Casalecchio Arena fills 6 thousand fans. France is a vice Olympic champion, she can cut an NBA player like Ntikilina, she has talent, athleticism and centimeters above the blue standards clearly. So the knockout suffered by the match ball failure twice with Mannion must be taken as an encouraging and important result even if there is a lot of work to be done if this Italy wants to surprise the big names of the next European.
Initially, the real phenomenon was Fontecchio who pushed 8 strings off Italy’s first break while the bogeyman Joubert was fended off, but when he enters his defense he cancels out a close attempt on Milli with a resounding block. Spissu gives speed to the actions, then it’s up to a revived Mannion who has to make up for a bad season here. Red Mamba’s approach to marine cutting is positive. France follows suit without getting too nervous, waiting for the right moment to race. Poz lists Gallinari as the first exchange without significant profits.
The first quarter with Azzurri at +6 (19-13) based mainly on the 3 index, and failed to attack the area with long runs. Only Biligha finds a number of numbers under the basket: his flying dungeon with the help of Mannion is the best game. In the second quarter, the inspired and flexed Mannion pushed the +9 (24-15) out of third. Then France slowly rose with the Okobo treble and the Cabarrot and Cordinier flights: 36 equals the break. In the third quarter, Fontecchio’s show came back, also scored with three men, curbing the first French pass paired with Tonotte but percentages go down, Gallinari never saw the basket (0/4) and Italy slipped under 30 minutes: 50-54. Poirier shares the scene with Fontecchio, the Real Madrid totem moves under the basket. France appears to be getting their hands on the match at 53-60 but Gallinari is finally released from 3 and Mannion cuts through the defense with a hack that unleashes a roar. France advanced to 4 in the last minute. Fontecchio makes a crazy 3-basket and then Gallinari still hits the arc at 69 at -23″ from the finish.
We go into overtime, Joubert wastes a lot on the free players but he always takes the ball. Another race with my heart in my throat. France is over 1 but Italy has the possession to win Manion ruining everything by failing in the redemption list twice. The return match is in Montpellier on Tuesday.
Italia:Fontecchio 24, Gallinary 13, Manion 9
France: Gobert 15, Poirier 14, Yabusele, Okobo 11
Aug 12, 2022 (changed Aug 12, 2022 | 23:18)
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