Spain beats France (86-77) in its third preparation match for the Olympics.
Spain remains intact on its way to prepare for the Olympic Games. After the two blank matches against Iran, the difficulty against France had to be raised a notch, even if it was a lowered version (without Batum, neither Heurtel) of the team that will compete in Tokyo. Third exam and third victory (86-77), with Ricky Rubio Y Sergio Rodriguez putting the music, and with serious fright of Juancho Hernangómez.
The Spanish team broke the game in the second half as their two bases scored. Rubio, who had scored only two points in the first half, downloaded 12 in the third period to keep France at bay, and ‘Chacho’ added eight more in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter to open a distance (73-60 ) that the Gauls could no longer close.
Collet He can’t count on his entire squad yet, but he does have the two men who will carry the team’s scoring weight on board. All that France could have been in attack, it was for Fournier (20) and Of lap (17), who added almost half of their team’s points. For the rest, a smaller France that will attend the Games, and even more compared to the one that maintained an intense rivalry with Spain in the last decade.
Sergio Scariolo He took advantage of the game to continue testing in the interior rotation. The Brescian tried with Marc Gasol Y Willy Hernangómez, a society that a year ago he described as ‘impossible’ (and that will still need to be fine-tuned), and Pau Gasol Y Usman Garuba, striking couple but in principle complementary. The size of the Catalan with the mobility and youthful energy of the one from Azuqueca.
Garuba is emerging as one of the favorites in the last places open to competition in the national team. For another they would fight Alberto abalde Y Dario Brizuela, who compete to complete the forward rotation. The one more versatile, the other more different. Against France, the Galician was more successful (11 points, 3/5 in triples).
The negative note was put by the injury of Juancho Hernangómez, who had to retire with a problem in his left shoulder after a very hard blocking of Moustapha fall. The Madrilenian, capital in Beijing’s gold, had to retire in the third period and did not return from the locker room, and two weeks in Tokyo he leaves Spain pending the infirmary.