Italy def. Serbia, 102-95 (HIGHLIGHTS) FIBA OQT / Final / July 5


Photo credit: FIBA

World #10 Italy defeated world #5 Serbia, 102-95 in the final of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT Belgrade) on Sunday, early Monday morning PHL time, at Aleksandar Nikolić Hall in Belgrade, Serbia. Italy qualifies for the Tokyo Men's Olympic Basketball Tournament. As per FIBA, the Italians earned their first Olympics appearance since the 2004 Athens Games, where they won the silver medal.

Nicolò Mannion led Italy with 24 points (7/17 fg, 9/9 ft) and 4 assists while teammate Achille Polonara added 22 points (6/8 3pt), 12 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

"I feel great. We beat a great team, in Belgrade, in front of their fans. It was a challenging game for us, but we did an incredible job. I really don't care about the MVP award, I care only about going to Tokyo." - Achile Polonara, Italy.

"This is not a failure, this is a disaster. We wanted to make the people happy. I have to apologize for this. With this approach and this game, we do not deserve to go to the Olympic Games." - Nemanja Bjelica, Serbia.

The Scores:

ITALY 102 - Mannion 24, Polonara 22, Fontecchio 21, Tonut 15, Pajola 10, Melli 5, Ricci 3, Tessitori 2, Moraschini 0, Vitali 0.

SERBIA 95 - Andjusic 27, Petrusev 22, Dobric 17, Micic 8, Marjanovic 7, Teodosic 5, Bjelica 5, Kalinic 2, Avramovic 2.

Quarters: 28-22, 57-45, 80-63, 102-95. [FULL REPLAY VIDEO] | [FULL STATS]

Italy vs. Serbia (Full Highlights)

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