World Cup: 30 points for Simone Fontecchio, Italy takes down Serbia

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World Cup: 30 points for Simone Fontecchio, Italy takes down Serbia

It starts in the best way, with an extraordinary comeback, for Italy in the second group stage of the World Championships: in Manila, Gianmarco Pozzecco’s Azzurri beat Serbia 78-76. Our representatives got off to a great start getting as far as a 10-point lead, 20-10, during the first quarter, which ended ahead forò only +4, 23-19.

The second quarter è an upheaval on both sides: first Serbia goes ahead 31-26 with a partial of 12-1, then the Italians operate the counter-breakthrough on 38-33 with a partial of 12-2, it is forò our opponents to arrive in front at the’long interval on 42-40 with a final partial of 7-0.

Our opponents continued their march in the third quarter and the game seemed to be over at 60-44 in their favor. But a basketball game ends only at the final buzzer and the Azzurri, dragged by a monumental Simone Fontecchio, who will eventually score 30 points, pull back to 62-59 when only the last ten minutes are left.

The’last quarter è a sequence of greatemotions, with Gianmarco Pozzecco’s boys operating the umpteenth overtaking, getting to +5 and managing to resist in the convulsive finae, decisive the check for a Marco Spissu shot judged valid basket by the referees with two minutes to go. The Azzurri’s next game will be Sunday with Puerto Rico.

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