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Abass, Italy end World Cup in style

Ghanaian Italian Small Forward and the Italian Senior National Men’s Basketball Team ended its 2019 Basketball World Cup campaign in style.

Italy recovered from a 26 point deficit to beat Puerto Rico 94-89 in the final game for both sides in the competition taking place in China.

Abass played 38 minutes and contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, a block and steals as he played extended minutes in the absence of Alessandro Gentile and Luigi Datome who had injury concerns.

The stat line was Abass’ highest in the tournament; prior to beating Puerto Rico, the 26 year old’s best performance was an 11 point, three rebound showing against Angola in 19 minutes.

Born in Italy to a Ghanaian father, Abass averaged eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. The 6 foot 7 inch player shot 30.8% from three point range.

The win over Puerto Rico ensured Italy ended its campaign with three wins in five games and secured qualification to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Abass dunks in game against Puerto Rico Photo Courtesy: FIBA
Photo Courtesy: FIBA
Photo Courtesy: FIBA

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah

@YawMintYM on Twitter

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