Spain, still at the factory

Spain, still at the factory

Spain is still at the factory and, logically, with questions. It could not be otherwise in a team with a brand new structure that must be put on time in record time and for which it is to be congratulated that nothing is ever spared. During the friendly round in August, and after the balanced record against Greece, they had to lose against Lithuania in Gran Canaria (77-82). A somewhat painful defeat in this trying period in an ups and downs match in which the national team lost 16 points (48-64), tied with a furious partial 16-2 (66-66); and finally he was punished by the Lithuanian triples. This Thursday, the Scariolo Selection, in which Garuba returned with some promising brushstrokes, pays a courtesy visit to the Lithuanians in Vilnius.

The national team played a rather scrappy first halfbut he held the match as best he could to go 36-42 at halftime thanks to the Hernangómez’s ease of scoring, especially Willy, who finished with 25 points. Also Juancho (14). Of course, very erratic in the free throw (2/7). Beyond Rudy and Llull, obvious pillars for their experience, intelligence and reliability in the field, The Spanish options are going through a superb version of the Hernangómez, and that will require improving their decision-making in decisive moments. And, above all, in his level of concentration.


77. Spain (13+23+21+20): Brown (11), Pradilla (2), López-Aróstegui (-), Juancho Hernangómez (14) and Willy Hernangómez (25) -initial team-; Fernández (2), Brizuela (7), Colom (1), Sáiz (2), Garuba (6), Llull (5), Guerra (2) and Parra (-).

82. Lithuania (19+23+22+18): Brazdeikis (19), Giedraitis (11), Sabonis (13), Jokubaitis (9) and Valanciunas (10), -initial team-; Tarolis (-), Echodas (2), Masiulis (-), Grigonis (11), Lekavicius (4) and Butkevicius (3).

referees: Francisco Araña, Xavi Torres and Arnau Padrós. Without eliminated.

Incidents: Third preparation match for the Eurobasket of the Spanish basketball team played at the Gran Canaria Arena in front of 5,647 spectators. At half-time, a moving tribute was paid to former player Albert Oliver by the Association of Professional Basketball Players (ABP) for his long career in the sport.

Inside is Scariolo, who will also have to decide with Garuba. The Madrid native, already recovered from his left ankle injury, entered the field at 3:50 am from the end of the first quarter. His physique bears little resemblance to that of the player who left Madrid. It took on a lot more volume. A decision that could affect one of the best virtues seen in Europe, the versatility to defend two-meter guards or large centers thanks to tremendous activity in his game. We’ll see what the evolution shows. A few weeks before the Eurobasket, he is forced to accelerate as much as teammates like Arostegui, who are not well prepared. Lithuania, measuring the minutes of Domas Sabonis and Valanciunas like Spain those of Rudy and Llull, relied on the points of Brazdeikis (19) and square Giedraitis (11), Jokubaitis (11), Grigonis (11) , Valanciunas (10).

Scariolo spiced up the replay with a phenomenal brawl with referees who, perhaps, were also trying to activate their boys. But things didn’t go well. Spain went from 42-44 to a surprising 46-62 which left the match almost over… until a flash from Garuba, who with six points, a defensive rebound and a good defense against Domas, put Spain 57-64 just before the end of the third quarter.

Unexpectedly, and as usually happens in irregular warm-up friendly matches, the national team leveled the game (66-66) five minutes from the end thanks to two baskets from Lorenzo Brown, an interesting base, not very selfish, who feeds his teammates and who also knows how to make his points. For the end, Scariolo may have left his new security quintet: Brown, Llull, Rudy, Juancho and Willy. But who killed the game was Lithuania with their triples. Thursday, more preparation in Vilnius.

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