Danilo Gallinari not enough, Italy overwhelmed in France

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France-Italy 100-68

France beats Italy 100-68 in Montpellier, repeating their success in Bologna four days ago. A bad night but at this point of the preparation the real goal is to play together as much as possible to grow and get ready for the competitions in late August and early September, when the stakes will be very high. A probing test, that of the Sud de France Arena (sold-out) that certainly provided useful indications to the technical staff 8 days before the match against Ukraine valid for the qualification to the World Cup 2023 (August 24 on the neutral of Riga in Latvia).

Top scorer Nicolò Melli (13 points), captain of the day given the forfeit of Datome, who was rested precautionary due to a slight fatigue. Also in double figures was Danilo Gallinari (11).

On Wednesday the Azzurri will travel to Hamburg, where the Supercup friendly tournament will be staged. At 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, the first semifinal between Italy and Serbia. This will be followed by Germany-Czech Republic. On Saturday, August 20, the 3rd/4th place final (4 p.m.) and the 1st/2nd place final (6:30 p.m.).

Wednesday, Aug. 24 in Riga, Latvia, the challenge to Ukraine and Saturday, Aug. 27, the home match in Brescia against Georgia. Both matches are valid for qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
They make their EuroBasket 2022 debut on September 2 at 9 p.m. against Estonia at the Forum in Milan.

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