AGI – After an abstinence that lasted 17 very long years, the Italy of basketball is back on the Olympic field in the most beautiful way, beating Germany 92-82 in the opening match of Group B. difficult start for the Azzurri, able to react to the negligible percentages of the Germans, especially in the three-point shot.
On the shields a Fontecchio with 20 points with 100% from beyond the arc (5 out of 5), with Gallinari and Tonut following in the ranking of top scorers with 18 points. A peremptory Maodo Lo is not enough for Germany, capable of putting 24 points on the scoresheet with 6 triples made out of 9 total attempts. In the final game, the ringworm and the wickedness of Sacchetti’s team makes the difference, forcing the opponents to lose several balls and the compass of the game. Wednesday will be Australia, after the excellent debut now the Azzurri will have to be good at repeating themselves.
The blues immediately start strong with Fontecchio who achieves the first mini-partial of 5-0, scoring a triple and then going to dunk alone after a stolen ball.
Mannion also tries to get into the chair, who signs up on the scoresheet with 4 consecutive points before making a 3-point shot just a couple of actions later. Germany, however, has other ideas and with a percentage bordering on the unreal from beyond the arc (8 out of 13 at the end of the first quarter), signs a super partial of 14-0 which condemns Italy to -10 at the end of the first ten minutes.