BELGRADE – Mission accomplished. Italy overwhelms without worries (79-59), in Belgrade, the Dominican Republic in the semifinal of the Olympic tournament and arrives at the last act (Sunday, 8.30 pm) where the only ticket available for Tokyo can be played, probably with Serbia , engaged in the other semifinal (4 pm) against Puerto Rico. The dream of returning to the Games after 17 years remains alive even if it will be very hard.
Race without history, good Fontecchio and Tonut
There was no history against the Dominican Republic. The Azzurri led from start to finish, definitively lengthening their pace in the third quarter. On a day in which everyone went to the scoresheet, the excellent performances of Fontecchio, who finished with 17 points, and Tonut (14) stand out. Italy proved to be very solid in defense, dominating under the boards (38 rebounds to 26). Against Serbia to fly to the Games it will take a feat but in the meantime the Azzurri, despite the many excellent absences, have shown that they have the numbers and the character necessary to give Teodosic and his companions a hard time.