At the start of the second phase of Mundobasket, Italy defeated Serbia 78:76 in Manila.
Once again, the “Azzurri” proved to be a nightmare for Serbia in major competitions, so the “Eagles” will have to defeat the Dominican Republic in the last round, if they want to reach the 1/4 finals.
Serbia had a 16-point lead in the third quarter (60:44). It seemed that they were surely on their way to victory, but Pozzecco’s team did not give up.
After that, Italy played brilliantly and managed to win on the wings of Simone Fontecchio.
It is true that Serbia had the last attack, but did not manage to win extra time.
The most efficient was the aforementioned Fontecchio with 28 points, while Spissu added 14.
For Serbia, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 18 points, and Ognjen Dobric scored 15.