28th August - 6th September

Worcester, England

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Game 45: Italy (men) topple Netherlands in closely fought game

In the opening of the game Italy were much more creative on the offensive end and this lead to a small lead. The Netherlands were inconsistent in responding with all but one of their baskets being thanks to their top scorer Mustafa Korkmaz. The first quarter ended 16-10 to Italy and the entire Netherlands team would need to get involved to respond. 

Within the first three minutes of the next quarter they had done just that. The Netherlands levelled the score thanks to further members of the team executing their shots and it was now the turn of Italy to respond ahead of half time. This was an occasion they also rose to. With their outside shooting continuing to inflict pain and a strong presence on the offensive boards, Italy were able to claw back a small lead and went into the second half ahead by six again, 26-20.

Throughout the third the lead of Italy fluctuated after the Netherlands stepped up their defence and they struggled to sink as many of their shots. When the quarter ended the gap had decreased once again to a difference of only four points and both teams were ready to come out fighting for the final ten minutes. 

The final quarter saw Italy cut out the Netherlands biggest threat to the points total - outside shooting. Meanwhile, they were able to keep consistent with their own as well some impressive speed driving to the basket. With this, Italy were able to secure a win with a final score 58-51.


Top Scorers


1. M. Cavagnini (19) 2. A. Raourahi (15) 3. F. Raimondi (9)


1. M. Korkmaz (23) 2. M. Bellers (13) 3. W. Groen (7)


MVP: M. Cavagnini (ITA)