The Spanish basketball team it was liked in Poland (88-89) on the penultimate day of the qualifying round for the Eurobasket 2022, to which she was already classified, and did not miss the opportunity to grab feelings and improve her figures in a new international window in which Darío Brizuela (21 points) and Jonathan Barreiro (24) stood out.
Sergio Scariolo’s team will close this Sunday against Israel, also in the Polish city of Gliwice in a ‘bubble’ format, a qualifying round in which he already did his homework. Nevertheless, This Friday they claimed the revenge of the first leg and added another triumph in a scoring festival for both teams. Slaughter’s action on Fran Guerra with 0.6 seconds left was what gave Spain the victory.
The duel was always even, with meager advantages for each other. At the beginning of Brizuela and López-Arístegui, the Central Europeans replied with Waczynski and Slaughter himself, who finished with 27 points being Taylor’s best pupil. From 11-13 to 19-20, when the debut of Fran Guerra, vital in the last play, Miquel Salvó and Joel Parra, arrived.
At rest, after a carousel of successes by Barreiro, the luminous reflected more equality (43-43) until Spain -without necessity due to its already accredited merits- he pressed the accelerator with Bassas and Brizuela in star plan. The San Sebastian allowed 70-76 in the absence of six minutes, the maximum advantage for those of Scariolo. However, Poland did not give up and woke up with a lucky action.
Bassas lost the ball in a play that could close the match, but he made an unsportsmanlike that put the Poles back in. Adam Waczynski hit a stratospheric triple and gave his team an advantage (85-83) with a minute of play. Unicaja’s was replicated by his teammate: Brizuela also hit from the perimeter on the subsequent play.
Michalak wanted extra time but a last play on Fran Guerra ended with two free throws for Spain with almost no time left, less than a second. The Lenovo Tenerife pivot scored the first and consciously missed the second so as not to give rise to the rebound of his rivals. The strategy went perfectly and the Spanish team closed the proceedings against Poland in a remarkable way to celebrate Scariolo’s 150th game as head of the national team.