Tennessee basketball completed its three exhibition games in Italy Monday with a victory over Italian club team Stella Azzurra.
The Vols defeated the professional team 97-51 while winning two games against the Lithuanian U21 national team— 97-57, 116-90.
Northern Colorado transfer Dalton Knecht led Tennessee with 16.3 points per game but it was a balanced scoring effort from the Vols during the three victories.
Tennessee associate head coach Justin Gainey served as the Vols’ active head coach during the three games while Rick Barnes watched for the sideline. Here’s everything Gainey had to say following Tennessee’s victory over Stella Azzurra.
On Monday’s win over Stella Azzurra
“The biggest thing for us today was just finishing. I thought we had great practices leading up to this. I thought we got better in every game. Obviously we’re not a finished product, but the motto for tonight was just finish. Let’s put a cap on a really good spring and summer. So, I thought the guys came out and did that. They competed early. I thought the defensive intensity was there. They were very disruptive. Offensively, I thought we did a great job of sharing the ball, finding the hot hand and getting guys open looks. All in all I was pleased with our effort tonight.”
On Jordan Gainey’s performance against Stella Azzurra
“He was really active on the ball at the point of attack using his length, getting his hands on balls, deflections, couple of steals. That’s what we need from that position — is at the point of attack you have to be pesky, you have to be disruptive. I thought he came in and did a good job with that.”