Ghanaian Italian Small Forward Awudu Abass scored 10 points in a friendly game win for Italy as preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup kicked into gear over the weekend.
Italy beat Romania 88-60 in its first friendly game with the world tournament set to commence in China from August 31 and end on September 15.
Abass is one of 19 players hoping to make the final 12 man roster in China and he got off to a solid start for an Italian team that played without veterans Marco Belinelli, Gigi Datome and Danilo Gallinari.
Pietro Aradori joined Abass in bagging 10points behind Alessandro Gentile’s game leading 14 points in the win. Two players including Emmanuel Cate scored 12 points for Romania.
“It was a good test. We have worked a lot in the training camp” Aradori said in an interview with Eurohoops. Italy takes on West African nation Ivory Coast in another friendly game on Wednesday, August 7.
Abass’ father is Ghanaian but was born in Italy and could move from current club Brescia this offseason.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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