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In opening the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, Italy was met with a formidable challenge that put their skills to the test. However, they exhibited resilience and determination, ultimately coming out on top by securing a hard-fought victory against Angola, with a final score of 81-67.

This triumph not only marked a strong start to Italy’s World Cup campaign but also showcased their ability to overcome adversity and emerge triumphant in the face of a tough opponent.

“We were a little tight for an emotional game. It was the first one. A big gym and everything. But we are happy about the win. A win is a win. We will take it. It’s a difficult groupe. Everybody can beat everybody,” Italy guard Marco Spissu said.