Italy prove too powerful for Angola at FIBA World Cup

Italy prove too powerful for Angola at FIBA World Cup

Agency News

Foshan, China, Sept 2 : Italy did a routine job to beat Angola 92-61 for the second straight victory in Group D at the FIBA Basketball World Cup here on Monday.

After trouncing the Philippines by 46 points to commence the campaign on Saturday, Italy duly took away the win through their balanced offense as Marco Belinelli scored 17 points to lead the way.

Following an 8-all tie to start the match, Italy rode on a 12-2 spurt midway through the first period to erect a double-digit lead. Only making 1 of 6 behind the arc along with six turnovers, Angola were troubled at 11-25 behind as the quarter ran out.

A pair of free throws from Leonel Paulo concluded the scoring drought in almost five minutes for Angola, who found themselves already trail by over 20 points late in the second quarter. Angola's struggle outside the paint lingered, and Italy established a 44-21 lead before the break.

Going 59-28 up with 5:13 remaining in the third period, Italy were well beyond the striking distance for their African opponents.

Yanick Moreira top-scored for Angola with 15 points. Paulo and Carlos Morais added 12 and 10 respectively.

Later on Monday, Serbia, top-positioned team on tournament's Power Rankings, also expect to continue their triumphant journey in China against the Philippines.