France survived the test against Italy on Fournier’s record game

2019-08-25T11:26:57+00:00 2019-08-25T12:17:07+00:00.

Aris Barkas

25/Aug/19 11:26

In a close game between two European powers, France got the win but Italy was also satisfied

By Eurohoops team/

Evan Fournier scored 29 points – 21 of them in the second half – and registered a new personal best with the French national team which ultimately prevailed over Italy by two points (82-80) in a prep game for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

Fournier was the star of the show, and France built a 56-42 lead at the start of the second half. Italy was trailing just by one (39-38) at halftime, and the bounced back.

With less than five minutes left, Gigi Datome made it a two-point game (69-67), and the game ended up being a dogfight decided in the free-throw line.

Marco Belinelli with 20 points, Danilo Gallinari with 15 and Alessandro Gentile with 14 did their best for Italy, but it was not enough.

Photo credit: Italian Basketball Federation