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Spain vs. Lithuania, result and summary of the friendly match: defeat of La Roja, with the return of Usman Garuba, against the team of Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas

Spain vs. Lithuania, result and summary of the friendly match: defeat of La Roja, with the return of Usman Garuba, against the team of Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas

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On the way to prepare the eurobasket 2022, Spain had good news and bad news this Tuesday before Lithuania during the friendly match organized in Gran Canaria. Sergio Scariolo’s team lost 82-77 against one of the strongest teams on the continent, with NBA numbers Domantas Sabonis Yes Jonas Valanciunas present, but he competed until the end and benefited from the first presence of Usman Garuba in this preparation.

The Lithuanians made the difference in the first quarterwhich they won 19-13 with a lot of work from Sabonis and Valanciunas to achieve a first quarter of 19-9. Spain, which began with Lorenzo Brown, Xabier López-Aróstegui, Juancho Hernangómez, Jaime Pradilla and Willy Hernangómezrecovered and that nine-point distance, however, was repeated towards the end of the first half and was even extended by Lithuania, who ended up dominating by 37-25.

Hand in hand with the brothers Willy and Juancho Hernangomez Scariolo’s team competed again, cutting to 44-42 early in the second half, but Lithuania responded with a goal they hadn’t found before halftime to lead 62-46 the partial result of a match he had controlled on rebounds. Spain improved with the appearance of Garuba (he barely had a handful of minutes at the start before committing a fault) related to Quino Colom of the second unit and so the visiting team approached 64-57.

With five minutes remaining the score was even, a demonstration of how Spain managed to compete on the Canarian night, but with triples by Rokas Jokubaitis and Ignas BrazdeikisLithuania escaped again and ended up going serenely towards victory, assured by two free kicks converted by Marius Grigonis at the end of the match.

Brazdeikis with 19 stitches, Sabonis with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, Valanciunas with 10 points and 9 rebounds and Jokubaitis with Eleven goals and 7 assists were the Lithuanian figures of the match.

In Spain he stood out Willy Hernangomez with 22 points and 10 rebounds, juancho finished with 17 points and nine rebounds and lorenzo brown He contributed 11 points and five assists. Garubain just eight minutes, contributed six points, three rebounds and two steals.

The next Thursday August 18 Spain will play its last friendly game before the qualifying phase for the 2023 World Cup and Eurobasket: he will face the Lithuanians in the capital of his country, Vilnius.

Final result Spain vs. Lithuania

crew 1 C 2C 3C 4C Final
Spain 13 23 twenty one twenty 77
Lithuania 19 23 22 18 82

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