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    Headbutt incident mars Italy rout of Angola in World Cup

    Sep 2, 2019
    Leonel Paulo hits Alessandro Gentile with a headbutt.
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    ITALY clinched a spot to the next round as it clobbered Angola, 92-61, on Monday in the Fiba World Cup at the Foshan International Sports and Cultural Arena in China.

    Picking up from where they left off after a 108-62 blowout win over Gilas Pilipinas on Saturday, the Auzzurri once again built an early lead and never looked back on the way to staying unbeaten in Group D.


      Marco Belinelli showed the way with 17 points and five boards, while Daniel Hackett, Jeff Brooks, and Awudu Abass added 11 points apiece.

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      Yanick Moreira led the Angolans with 15 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort as they dropped to 0-2 after a loss to Serbia in the opener.

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      The game was marred by a late commotion that saw Angolan Leonel Paulo hit Alessandro Gentile with a headbutt.

      In other matches, Argentina also claimed its second win after beating Nigeria, 94-81.

      Luis Scola had 23 points and 10 rebounds, as Patricio Garino had 17 points for Argentina to keep its unbeaten slate.

      Scola also achieved a milestone, surpassing Australian great Andrew Gaze for second in the all-time scoring list in the Fiba World Cup with 595 points.

      Oscar Schimdt of Brazil is the all-time leading scorer with 906 points.

      Venezuela beat Ivory Coast, 87-71, and Tunisia beat Iran, 79-67.

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      Leonel Paulo hits Alessandro Gentile with a headbutt.
      PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño
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