How well is Italy playing at EuroBasket 2015? Andrea Bargnani looks like a good two-way player. You read that right.
Despite Bargnani’s 17 points, he was not the star of Italy’s dramatic overtime win Wednesday over Germany. That honor went to the Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari, who dropped 25 points on 11 shots — including keying the 10-point fourth-quarter comeback by the Italians, and he drilled the shot that sent the game to OT. Then he hit the shot in the extra period that put Italy up for good. You can see his highlights above, and also know he was getting to the line all game.
The win punches Italy’s ticket for the knockout round.
It leaves the Germans scrambling with Turkey and Spain for two spots in the next round.
That is not the fault of Hawks’ guard Dennis Schroder, who carved up the Italian defense all game to the tune of 29 points and seven assists.