The Spanish basketball team closed the qualifying phase for Eurobasket 2022 this Sunday with a victory (78-73) against Israel, a triumph with nothing at stake but competed to the end in a squad of new names that hopes to convince Sergio Scariolo.
Spain had already done their homework before this last ‘window’ of matches but they fulfilled against Poland on Friday (88-89) and he did it again two days later at the same Polish Gliwice Arena. Scariolo’s men sent 11 points to the break and Israel reacted in the third quarter (17-27), but the Spanish had a good game with Darío Brizuela as the top scorer (18 points).
The plugged Unicaja base, who showed off in the recent Copa del Rey, pulled the car again in a crash that was complicated and much in the second half. The leader of Group A threatened with the same blow that he gave to Spain in the first leg, which was played in Valencia, based on triples. However, in another competitive exercise of a selection of novelties, the victory went to Scariolo’s men.
Joel Parra (8 points and 9 rebounds) rounded off a great game in the deciding minutes, as did Lopez-Arostegui (11 points and 6 rebounds) and Jonathan Barreiro. With 42-31 at halftime, the current world champion had the game on track, but Isarel found the success in the triple that he had not had. Cohen (20 points and 8 rebounds), Ariel and Tamir Blatt connected.
In addition, the step forward in defense made Scariolo’s men suffer a dropper in attack, with the bad news of Fran Guerra’s fourth foul. The bleeding of free throws affected both teams while the match headed even to the last quarter (59-58). Brizuela and Lopez-Arostegui gave air to the national attack.
Meanwhile, the debutante Joel Parra came up with a prodigious final to be the best valued of his own (17) and the success left Cohen and company when they sought the extension on the horn. Spain closes with two victories against the two biggest rivals in the group a path that shows Scariolo that he has a lot of wardrobe in a champion team.