Italy opens Olympic Repechage with an impressive victory of more than 60 points over Bahrain

Italy opens Olympic Repechage with an impressive victory of more than 60 points over Bahrain

Italy’s national team opened the Olympic Play-Offs at the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum with a commanding 114-53 victory over Bahrain on Tuesday.

Both of Puerto Rico’s rivals in Group B, the Europeans play for 1-0, while the Bahraini quintet will try to stay alive in the tournament when they face the hosts on Wednesday in prime time.

Italy rests on Wednesday and will face the Puerto Ricans on Thursday.

Nicolo Melli and Danilo Gallinari were the top scorers for the winners with 14 points each. Alessandro Pajola followed with 13, Awudu Abass got 11 and Stefano Tonut 10 in the rout.

Bahrain, ranked 67th in the FIBA ​​world rankings, took a while to warm up and its first two points came from Wayne Chism with 4:53 minutes of the first quarter. The Italians won the period 19-9 with seven points from Melli.

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