Don came to Spain with good feelings about the decisive match against Italy, the key to be in the quarterfinals of the World cup of basketball in China. However, as so often, the team Scariolo pulled out the pride, he worked like never before and takes a win vital 67-60.
in Addition, in this way, Spain continues with another goal in place, securing a spot for the next Games in Tokyo, something you will have to double check later, if it exceeds this quarter-final round, which will arrive next Tuesday. Although prior to that appointment will have to be played to the first place of the group with regard to the all-powerful selection of Serbia, the team with the best basketball is practicing in what we have seen of championship.
Bad start to the game
But what is important is the here and now and that is where Spain has embroidered. Despite a bad start (5-15), the selection was able to go finding your feelings slowly and the reaction did not wait. Was key the first exit to court Sergio Llull, who with his energy and his shot outside contagious positive energy to the rest of the players.
There was the day of Marc Gasol, and as it is important to have passed to a selection as good as Italy without finding a good version of champion of the NBA. He finished with two points, although this basket, scored inside the final two minutes, was almost to close the match. It is something that you have the big players, that can be good, bad or regular, but never shun their commitment in the hot moments.
To get up there was to get into and paddle a lot, without stopping. Italy found a good version of Danilo Gallinari, however, Belinelli, its another great scorer in this championship, never felt comfortable with the great and aggressive defense the Spanish, who left the team alps, one of the leading scorers in China, 60 points.
in Addition, another of the weak points these days which was the triple, it was possible to improve. Victor Claver, Rudy Fernandez, the Llull or Juancho Hernangómez, especially brave and brilliant, they saw the aro, and it always gave confidence to a Spain that started pulling in the third quarter.
Maximum of 8 points
Came to get a maximum income of 8 points (46-38), but the reaction of Italian came in and threatened to destroy the party. Launched last quarter, a triple of the above-mentioned Gallinari put on a four-point lead, something that forced a last reaction Spanish, which came from the collective work, and that fierce competitiveness that this group has and that always ends up emerging in moments of truth.
Ricky turned with a master’s degree in the last quarter, Marc Gasol played his minutes more meritorious, and since the defense won a difficult match, the vibrant, of those that paralyze the heart of the fan. If the first goal in this World was to overcome the first phase, the second is already fulfilled also. Spain turns to be among the 8 best in the world.