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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: BASKETBALL: Italy moves on

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posted on Aug, 15 2004 @ 11:23 AM
Gianluca Basile scored 16 points and Italy, which led by as many as 17 points, held on for a 71-69 win Sunday despite failing to score over the final 2½ minutes.

Matteo Soragna scored as the shot clock expired with 2:30 left, giving Italy a 71-62 lead. New Zealand scored seven straight points, getting within two on a pair of free throws by Sean Marks with 41 seconds left.

Basile missed a 3-point attempt with 20 seconds left and New Zealand had a chance to tie, but Phillip Jones lost the ball out of bounds as he started to drive to the basket with 2.5 seconds left. Massimo Bulleri of Italy then missed two free throws, the second on purpose, and New Zealand couldn't get off a good shot at the buzzer.

Giacomo Galanda added 15 points for Italy, which beat the United States by 17 in a pre-Olympic exhibition.

Kirk Penney, who played at Wisconsin, led New Zealand with 20 points, including five 3-pointers.

Lithuania overcomes 15 3-pointers from Angola

ATHENS, Greece -- Eurelijus Zukauskas and Kristof Lavrinovic each scored 15 points, and Lithuania held off Angola's 3-point shooting for a 78-73 victory Sunday in round-robin play.

Angola went 15-for-29 overall from behind the arc and led by as many as 13 points in the first half before its foul trouble started to mount. Lithuania took advantage, outscoring Angola 32-6 from the free throw line.

Angola's 3-point barrage kept it close, but Lithuania took the lead for good with 1:39 to go in the third quarter and led by as many as 10 points in the fourth.

Zukauskas had 11 rebounds as Lithuania, which has won three straight Olympic bronze medals, finished with a 47-21 advantage on the boards.

Miguel Lutonda had 17 points to lead Angola, which committed 37 fouls to Lithuania's 20.


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