Basketball, Italy-New Zealand 88-81 in the last test before the 2023 World Cup

The Azzurri are ready for their debut on August 25th against Angola

Italy beat New Zealand 88-81 in Shenzhen, China, in the last friendly before the start of the 2023 Basketball World Cup, which starts on August 25th. The Azzurri, who will move to Manila in the Philippines tomorrow, Tuesday 22 August, arrive at the World Cup after beating Turkey, China, Serbia, Greece, Puerto Rico, Brazil and New Zealand in sequence. Best scorer of the day Matteo Spagnolo with 14 points. In double figures also Ricci and Tonut (12) and Polonara (10).

The national team makes its World Cup debut on August 25 in Manila against Angola in Manila at 10 am Italian time. Same schedule for the second match of group A at the Araneta Coliseum against the Dominican Republic on August 27th. Closeout against the hosts from the Philippines on August 29 at 14.00 Italian time at the Araneta Coliseum.

“The first thing we understood is that we can lose against anyone. I’ve talked about it with the players and this can happen to us and to anyone else. But what these guys have built up from the qualifiers at the Folgaria meeting up to this clear run in pre-World Cup remains and will remain. Regardless”, the words of coach Gianmarco Pozzecco. “This national team has a present and a future. We must be consciously happy about it because it won’t be a competition that will change opinion about this team and these guys.”