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England hit by Italian job

England senior men were up against it when they faced the Italian team in the opening European Championship semi final round game. And unfortunately for Laszlo Nemeth's men, they were thrashed, losing 99-63 in Roseto degli Abruzzi.

Although Andy Betts (17 pts), Steve Hansell (12 pts) and Andy Gardiner (11 points) posted good performances the Italians were determined to make up for the poor performance in the European Championships in the summer and after taking a 43-27 lead at half-time, they raced clear.

Italy were led by Gianluca Basile, who scored 24 points including two six-pointers in the opening minutes, and London-born point guard Carlton Myers, who contributed 22 points.

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