Italbasket on the pitch tonight in Montpellier for the friendly re-match with France. It is played at 8.30 pm at the Sud de France Arena live on Sky Sport Action.
Gigi Datome will not be in the race. Thus coach Gianmarco Pozzecco: “Gigi Datome will not be in the match, taking a precautionary rest due to a slight fatigue”.
These are the other declarations of the Italbasket coach: «We have come from two days of necessary stop. The Bologna race gave us many positive signs and tomorrow we will have to show that we know how to suffer. It will be a complicated and totally different game. I will have to try less tested situations but I respect my players and I am sure that France will not easily get rid of my boys ».
The match against the French is the second friendly test of the summer and inaugurates a series of 3 tests that will see the Azzurri always abroad: from France the transfer to Hamburg for the Supercup against Serbia (19 August) and one between Germany and the Republic Czech Republic (August 20). After a short pit stop in Italy, the departure for Riga in Latvia, where the match against Ukraine will be staged (24 August), debut in the first window of the second qualifying phase for the FIBA World Cup 2023. From 25 August i Coach Pozzecco’s boys will prepare the match against Georgia on August 27 in Brescia (qualification for the 2023 World Cup) and the European matches in the Milan group.
The Azzurri available
# 00 Amedeo Della Valle (1993, 194, G, Germani Brescia)
#0 Marco Spissu (1995, 184, P, Human Reyer Venice)
# 1 Niccolò Mannion (2001, 190, P, Segafredo Virtus Bologna)
#6 Paul Biligha (1990, 200, C, A|X Armani Exchange Milano)
# 7 Stefano Tonut (1993, 194, G, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
#8 Danilo Gallinari (1988, 208, A, Boston Celtics – NBA)
# 9 Nicolò Melli (1991, 206, A, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
#13 Simone Fontecchio (1995, 203, A, Utah Jazz – NBA)
# 16 Amedeo Tessitori (1994, 208, C, Umana Reyer Venice)
# 17 Giampaolo Ricci (1991, 202, A, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
# 25 Tommaso Baldasso (1998, 192, P, A | X Armani Exchange Milan)
#33 Achille Polonara (1991, 205, A, Anadolu Efes Istanbul – Turchia)
# 54 Alessandro Pajola (1999, 194, P, Segafredo Virtus Bologna)
#0 Elie Okobo (1997, 191, G, Monaco)
#2 Amath M’Baye (1989, 205, A, Anadolu Efes – Turchia)
#3 Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot (1995, 201, A, Atlanta Hawks – NBA)
#4 Thomas Heurtel (1989, 189, P, Real Madrid – Spagna)
#7 Guerschon Yabusele (1995, 201, A, Real Madrid – Spagna)
#10 Evan Fournier (1992, 198, G, New York Knicks – NBA)
#11 Theo Maledon (2001, 192, P, Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA)
#14 Mouhammadou Jaiteh (1994, 211, C, Segafredo Virtus Bologna)
# 17 Vincent Poirier (1993, 213, C, Real Madrid – Spain)
#22 Terry Tarpey (1994, 195, G, Le Mans)
#27 Rudy Gobert (1992, 216, C, Minnesota Timberwolves – NBA)
# 30 Isaia Cordinier (1996, 196, G, Segafredo Virtus Bologna)
# 42 William Howard (1993, 203, A, Badalona – Spain)
David Chambon (France), Abdel Hamzaoui (France), Jean Charles Colin (France)