Pietro Aradori scored 23 points to lead Italy past Turkey 90-75 at the European basketball championship on Thursday handing one of the pre-tournament favorites its second loss in two games. Alessandro Gentile added 20 points Marco Belinelli had 17 and Nicolo Melli notched 14 and 10 rebounds in Italy’s second consecutive victory. Turkey silver medalist at the 2010 worlds at home is in danger of failing to qualify for the second round. Detroit Pistons forward Luigi Datome who scored 25 points for Italy on Wednesday was scoreless today shooting 0-for-6 from the field. He had four rebounds an assist and a block. Omer Asik and Hidayet Turkoglu had 12 points each for Turkey. Finland also won its second straight by beating Sweden 81-60. Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko had 12 points five rebounds four assists and five turnovers for the Swedes. He shot 3-for-9. Also Serbia beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 77-67 and the Czech Republic edged Poland 69-68 on Lubos Barton’s three-pointer with four seconds remaining. In Ljubljana Belgium beat Germany 77-73 in overtime. Germany had upset France a day earlier but its young team playing without Dirk Nowitzki could not carry the momentum. Belgium went on a 16-0 run to start the second quarter and Germany did not catch up until Robin Benzing’s lay-up tied the game at 60. Germany’s Lucca Steiger sank a three-pointer with 17 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Detroit Pistons' Luigi Datome shut out in Italy's win; Jonas Jerebko's Swedes lose again
Detroit Free Press | Sep 5