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Italy lost Datome and third game in a row

By Aris Barkas/

Simone Pianigiani didn’t feel bad after the third loss in a row in Antwerp but when he did when he saw Luigi Datome, his best player so far in the prep games before Eurobasket, leaving the court injured. There are worries that the new player of the Detroit Pistons sprained his left ankle after a jump during the first half of the game against Poland. Everything about his injury will be clear when he returns in Italy.

During his absence Poland beat Italy 82-79 thanks to the excellent game of the two big guys, Gortat and Lampe who scored 17 points respectively and got the tournament title. Spurs’ Belineli couldn’t save Italy with his 24 points. Later in the night in the same tournament, Belgium beat Israel 77-59.

Belgium had one more excellent game. Even if Matt Lojeski rested, the hosts of the tournament in Antwerp won 77-59 Israel. There was a… tie (71-71) between Croatia and Latvia in a friendly game in Dubrovnik behind closed doors.

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