Italy made it to the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games after storming back against Nigeria to secure the win, 80-71, at Saitama Super Arena on Saturday. Nicolo Melli and Achille Polonara put the finishing touches on a 14-0 sprint generating a 70-64 lead. The European side held on to secure the victory punching in the ticket for the next round. The team led by Meo Sacchetti will rank first in Group B if Germany beats Australia by a margin of 17 points or less later in Tokyo. It will be in second place in any other case. A helpful reminder, the three group winners and the best-placed second will be seeded for Sunday’s draw.
Scott Agness: Former Pacers (and Mad Ants) guard Naz Mitrou-Long is joining Germani Brescia in Italy after four seasons in the G League. He was a on two-way contract in 2019-20.
Virtus Bologna is in advanced talks with Ekpe Udoh as reported by the Bologna’s newspaper this morning. The Italian Champions would have passed Partizan and Zeljko Obradovic in the race to the Nigerian big man and the agreement would be close.
Olimpia Milano is close to bringing forward Nicolo Melli back in EuroLeague. The two sides had been having long conversations for quite some time and, as Eurohoops has learned, they are now nearing a deal.
Milano has been making a big effort to acquire Melli and bring him back in the Forum after they parted ways in 2015. Following some recent talks last week, the Italian club was cautiously optimistic that an agreement will be reached and things are moving towards that direction.