Australia has a massive test on its hands against Italy here in what is shaping as a vital Group B clash, with the Italians taking a 45-44 lead into the main break.
Credit to Italy, who have played some solid defence to stymie Australia’s half-court offensive game in the opening half.
The Italians have not given Patty Mills any room to move and seem content on letting Mills’ teammates beat them tonight.
After shooting 11-of-18 in the opening quarter, the Boomers were held to just 5-of-15 shooting in the second as Italy went on a 15-4 run that bridged the end of the first and the start of the second quarter to take a six-point lead at one stage.
However, Australia did well to claw themselves back into this contest, given Mills was held scoreless in the second term.
Jock Landale and Nick Kay have picked up the scoring slack with eight points apiece to lead the Boomers in that opening half.
Italy is still shooting a scorching 55 per cent from the field after two quarters and Australian coach Brian Goorjian will hope to iron out a few off-ball defensive breakdowns that took place in the second quarter in particular.