Thursday, December 9

Spain makes its way to the quarterfinals against Argentina with a record-breaking Ricky

  • The point guard, with 26 points, beats his scoring mark with the national team and acts as a leader to defeat the Argentines (81-71)

  • Scariolo’s team, solid in defense, will play the first group place on Sunday against Doncic’s Slovenia

Second match and second victory. Spain progresses adequately in the basketball tournament, especially at the defensive level, which allowed him to overcome a level rival like Argentina the same one who tried unsuccessfully to argue for the world title in 2019 and which did not reach him in Tokyo either to question the superiority of the team. Scariolo (81-71). The selection, once again a splendid hand Ricky Rubio, who signed his scoring record with the national team (26 points) thus makes his way to the quarterfinals, waiting to play this Sunday the first place in the group with the Slovenia of genius Luka doncic that on this second day was exhibited again with 25 points and a PIR of 33 in Slovenia’s triumph over Japan.Argentina surprised Spain Of start. Because of the defensive aggressiveness, because of the level of intensity, because of the speed that Campazzor gave to your team. And also for the effectiveness of Laprovittola, the new signing of Barça, totally unleashed in the first five minutes (10 almost consecutive points, with two triples, 27 at the end), which allowed the Argentine team to open the gap with ease (3-12).

Fortunately, in the interests of the team Scariolo, Ricky Rubio he was in charge of fixing things with splendid minutes (11 with points with three consecutive triples) improving the inconsistency of the first minutes, blurred with seven losses.

The base of the Timberwolves He’s at a spectacular level of confidence, all the confidence he hasn’t had this season in the NBA. Not only did he improve his scoring record against the Argentines, but his five triples are equal to Margall, Herreros, Rudy, Pau Gasol and Mirotic as those who have scored the most triples in a game in the Game. His determination, turning the first minutes into a heads up with Campazzo, gave a boost to Spain and he also raised the level of the team, which began to feel much more comfortable on the court and although the first quarter still fell on the Argentine side (20-25), the change in the script was radical.

Defensive upgrade

The entrance of Pau Gasol, also the Abrines, Llull and Garuba also improved the work in defense of Spain, which took over the script completely in the second period until almost completely annulling Argentina in attack. The selection managed to dominate all the aspects in which it had faltered. He limited his losses to the maximum, he controlled the rebound and avoided second chances for the Argentine team, he shared the ball much better, which led him to sign a 20-9 partial, which already led him to go with an advantage at halftime ( 40-34).

Strengthened in their confidence, the selection was also growing from the rotations of the bench thanks to the depth of the bench. Scariolo, while Argentina He was losing steam, unable to match the intensity of his rival, and accumulating up to 23 losses as if he lowered his arms. The ex-Madridista Campazzo, Now in the Nuggets, he did not find himself comfortable and ended up eliminated by personnel, and the work of Laprovittola and the veteran Luis Scola 41 years contemplate him) was not enough to equal the punch of the selection.

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Beyond the leadership of Ricky, the block of Scariolo was finding resources in the inner actions of Willy Hernangómez, at work always solvent of Rudy and of Claver, in the sparks of Sergio Rodríguez and Sergio Llull and in good minutes of Pau Gasol, whom the coach limited to his 16 minutes, but returned to leave outstanding numbers for his scarce presence: 9 points and 8 rebounds, adding one more day.

Spain, 81 -Argentina, 71

Spain: Ricky Rubio (26), Rudy (8), Abalde (-), Claver (9), M. Gasol (2) – starting five- Abrines (3), Garuba (-), P. Gasol (9), Hernangómez (8), Llull (10), Rodríguez (6).

10 of 26 triples (Ricky, 5 years old), 30 rebounds, 3 offensive (P. Gasol, 8). 17 assists (M. Gasol, 5 years old)

Argentina: Campazzo (10), Laprovittola (27), Garino (-), Scola (13), Delia (2) – starting five – Bolmaro (2), Brussino (8), Caffaro (-), Deck (2), Gallizzi (-), Vaulet (2), Vildoza (5).

10 of 30 triples (Laprovittola, 5), 35 rebounds, 12 offensive (Cover, 8). 13 assists (Laprivottola, 4)

Partial: 20-25; 20-29; 21-19; 20-18

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