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Basketball, Italy-Iceland 95-78: the report cards of the Azzurri. Della Valle and Michele Vitali crazy, Mannion and Pajola very well


The challenge that saw Italy beat Iceland 95-87 at the PalaDozza in Bologna on the fourth day of the FIBA ​​World Cup 2023 Qualifiers ended just a few minutes ago. The Azzurri provided an excellent performance in front of the Bolognese public, thus avenging the burning defeat suffered in Iceland a few days ago (107-105 after two extra times). Let’s summarize below the report cards of our standard bearers after this evening’s victory.

Amedeo Della Valle 8: performance to be framed for the Germani Brescia guard, who packs 26 points in a magical evening like many others that the Piedmontese is giving this season (in Serie A, in fact, he is the best scorer). Della Valle also closes with 4 rebounds and 5 assists for the former Reggio Emilia, which earned him a 27 final evaluation and the MVP award of the match.

Nico Mannion 7.5: The Red Mamba makes almost nothing wrong this evening. For the play of Virtus Bologna a game of substance but also of class, with the son of Pace who scores 16 points thanks to a 3/4 from two and a 3/5 from the arc. Mannion also sacrifices himself in defense, later showing himself lethal in attack. Perhaps the only negative note: the technical foul whistled in the third quarter, with Michele Vitali who held him back to avoid worse consequences.

Basketball, 2023 World Cup Qualifiers: Italy wins and convinces, Iceland beaten at the PalaDozza in Bologna!

Paul Biligha 6.5: the center of Olimpia Milano plays a good game, with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 26 ‘on the parquet. The former Reyer Venezia asserts the centimeters under the iron both in defense and in attack, alternating with Tessitori in the role of center and managing to contrast the physicality of the Icelanders very well.

Stefano Tonut 6: the gold-grenade guard remains on the field only 8’41 “effectively, as on a foul suffered in the first quarter he falls not very well, remedying a blow that will not allow him to return to the parquet later (with CT Sacchetti who has not risked). In the minutes in which Tonut remained on the field, as always, he gave 110%, scoring 5 points, the result of 2/3 from two and a free throw.

Diego Flaccadori 6: there are 4 points scored by the playmaker of the Dolomiti Energia Trentino, called in place of Matteo Imbrò for tonight’s game after being cut at the last in the match on Thursday evening in Iceland. 23 ′ on the parquet and 3 assists for the former Bayern Munich, who alternated well with the peers Mannion, Pajola and Spaniard.

Amedeo Tessitori 6.5: almost double digits in the points scored ‘Tex’ (8), along with 4 rebounds and a good performance under the basket. The center of Virtus Bologna often makes a counter with the Icelandic giants, asserting its physicality and managing to contain the guest attacks. He is the pivot on which to build the pivot under the iron, with Biligha who gave him the change during tonight’s game, however, inserting himself well in the rotations.

Matteo Spanish 5.5: a somewhat subdued performance that of the young blue playmaker, who did not score any points (0/1) remaining on the field only 7 ‘this evening. He will certainly have the opportunity to make up for it, with the Vanoli Cremona player (formerly of the Blue Star and raised in the Real Madrid youth teams) who enjoys the trust of the coach in the future.

Raphael Gaspardo sv: did not take the field by choice of the coach Sacchetti.

Michele Vitali 8: the Reyer Venezia winger is one of the best this evening too. Luca’s brother and former Dinamo Sassari and Bamberg scores 17 points, with a performance of sacrifice and determination as we have been accustomed to for some time now (the Pre-Olympic in Belgrade and the Five Circles event in Tokyo were a demonstration of this) . It does not score any points from the paint, very precise result from the arc (4/6) and the lunette (5/6). In the middle also 4 rebounds, of which three only in defense. Vitali is now one of the veterans of the group managed by CT Sacchetti who can always count on him, especially in times of difficulty or when the ball is hot.

Davide Alviti 6: 4 points in almost 8 ′ on the parquet for the Olimpia Milano player (formerly Trieste). Only one shot attempted from the bow (wrong) and a 2/3 from the painted one, which still give him a pass for tonight’s game. The young man under the Armani Exchange can certainly do better, perhaps trying to find more space in the club and being ready in case of a call from Meo Sacchetti.

Nicola Akele 5.5: game slightly subdued for the winger under the Nutribullet Treviso. There are only 4 points scored by the young class of 1995 in about 10 ‘on the parquet, the result of a triple scored on three attempts. The coach knows that he can count on him, with the player from Treviso who has already shown that he deserves the blue jersey by honoring it to the fullest (the 18 points scored in the victory against the Netherlands at the end of November are a demonstration of this).

Alessandro Pajola 7: 8 points scored for the playmaker from the Marches, plus 5 assists and a couple of recovered balls which led to actions that led to the scoring of his teammates. ‘Pair’ as always, he never backs down when he has to defend, fighting for every ball but also finding solutions in attack for his teammates. The Virtus Bologna player remained on the pitch for 25 ‘, alternating especially with Mannion.

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