Many thanks to Erika and Alberto Pessina, a great pair of Italian photographers, for sharing with me a few of their wonderful shots from the game between Afghanistan and Briantea84 on May 29th.

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ImageBriantea’s distinct height advantage, coupled with very skilled players across the roster, proved difficult for the Afghans to deal with at the beginning of the game.

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But the team refused to be intimidated and, as Mohammadullah (15) shows here, fought back with effort and focus

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Saber (9) and Wasiqullah (13) adopted starring roles against Briatnea84, leading the team to a stirring 3rd quarter comeback

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Even in a loss, the team showed what it is capable of when playing its best against top competition. The future is bright.