Italy does not disappoint, exceeds Sweden by 62-56 in La Spezia and leaves the permit for the resumption of continental basketball, which will take place next year in Latvia and Serbia. Azzurri had to defeat the Scandinavians to mathematically access the final stage of the tournament and so did without having to understand if they would be among the best six seconds. A Crespi coach's choir interpretation is worth the most important event of the next season, the first fundamental step in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Blue dominated in the first two quarters, flew to +23 and seemed to have succeeded in the pocket, then a darkness materialized that gave Swedish confidence and reopened the dispute, but with the character that the National Team played and its teeth led the match. Especially the 20 points of Olbis Futo André (9 rebounds) and Elisa Penna's 10 points in the evening a little bit subject to Cecilia Zandalasini (8 points and as many rebounds with 3 assists) and Giorgia Sottana (5) for Francesca Dotto and excitement for the last outfit with the infinite Captain Raffaella Masciadri's blue shirt.
Italy starts very well with the triple of Cinili and with the penetration of Zandalasini (7-5), Olbis André gives us +3 on the return (11-8), but we strive to run. The first quarter closes on 19-15, thanks to four consecutive points of Romeo. The Penna triple and the two strokes of Olbis André are worth 26-15 in the middle of the second quarter, the triplets of Penna and Sottana rise up to 38-19 and return to the locker before 19 points ( 40-21).
The scouts are well defended and give little to the opponents at the beginning of the third quarter, but the Scandinavians believe and blow by blow. Twins Eldebrink and Halvarsson make the difference, 50-41 before the last ten minutes. He suffers, despite the good counterattack of Dotto (54-41), Eldebrink does not reduce and manages to bring his comrades to -6. We tried to score and Halvarsson even managed to score 54-56, but two penetrations of Dotto and Zandalasini are worth 60-54 two minutes from the end, then Olbis is heard in the last few moments, confirming the victory. And the transition to Europeans.
Italy-Sweden 62-56 (19-15; 21-6; 10-20; 12-15)
ITALY: Dotto 6, Romeo 6, Gorini, Sottana 5, Zandalasini 8, Masciadri, Crippa, Nicolodi, Ress, Cinili 5, Andrè 20, Penna 10. Ct: Marco Crespi
SWEDEN: Abdi 10, Fontaine, Nnamaka, Eldebrink, Lundquist, Nystrom, Eldebrik 7, Hamilton Carter, Barthold, Drammeh, Halvarsson 10, Zahui 10. Coach: Hugo Lopez
referees: Juras (SRB), Csender (ROU), Mendoza Holgado (ESP).