Sunday, 26 July 2009

National Team 1-1 so far in Italy

July 26
Canada 74 Portugal 55
Italy 88 New Zealand 70

July 25
New Zealand 98 Portugal 91
Italy 91 Canada 69
Italy hold off Canada at Trentino Cup opener - Jul 26, 2009 (by Eurobasket News)
Italy celebrated the opening win at the Trentino Cup. Four teams hit the road as Italy faced Canada, while New Zealand played against Portugal in the first round of action. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) unleashed 28 points to pace the Azzurri to the starting victory. The teams were tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. But the hosts started to take over in the second quarter. They held Canada to 15 points in the second frame to earn an 11-point lead at halftime. Italy continued to dominate after the long break. They ballooned the margin to 22 points heading into the fourth period. Canada failed to reignite the intrigue as the home team cruised to the win at the end. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) scored 22 points for Italy. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) and Aradori added 8 points apiece for the winners. Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) notched 16 points for Canada. Andy Rautins (196-G-86) had 15 points in the losing case.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 28, Marco Belinelli 22, Luigi Datome 8, Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) 8
Canada: Jesse Young, 16 pts Andy Rautins, 15 pts Tyler Kepkay, 12 pts

Final Round Games Today:
Italy (2-0) vs. Portugal (0-2)
Canada (1-1) vs. New Zealand (1-1)
For those so inclined

Rest of Canada's schedule:
July 27 - vs. New Zealand (5:30pm local time)
Trento, Italy

July 29 - vs. Turkey
Bormio, Italy

July 30 - vs. Turkey
Bormio, Italy

August 1 - vs. Italy
Mogliano Veneto, Italy

FIBA Americas 2009 Championships in Puerto Rico

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