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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.

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      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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