Sandra Ygueravide is the most recognizable face of basketball 3×3 in our country The base became in September of last year the first Spanish player to reach number 1 in the FIBA ranking of the specialty. “It is a pride and a recognition of the work of several years, but at the beginning I did not believe it“, he counted. Such an achievement to be recognized in the III Spanish Basketball Galawhere to receive one of the special prizes.
The Valencian player of 37 years and 1.72 meters has been proclaimed 3×3 European Champion being MVP of a tournament where the Spanish team faced France in the final at the very foot of the Eiffel Tower. “It was a high, a pass“, recalled the base, author of the basket which fixed the final 17-21. »This will surely be the basket of my life“, he assured. Aitana Cuevas, Vega Gimeno and Marta Canella accompanied him in this feat and also in his adventure in the Girona 3×3 team, sponsored by Marc Gasol.
The life of Ygueravid It has taken many turns both basketball-wise and geographically. In this ascending modality that is the 3×3, he discovered a new motivation. “I changed chips and it gave me another life in basketball. I’m enjoying another game“, recognizes Ygueravide, who currently, with the FIBA ranking updated on July 27, is the third best player in the world.
In place despite the changes
The ranking changes from week to week and fluctuates a lot. “It is something similar to the tennis ranking. It depends on many variations”, explains the player. It is calculated on the basis of the best nine results in FIBA supported events played in the last 12 months. The number of points a player earns in a tournament depends on the importance of the tournament in the tournament Competition network, team results and individual score and performance statistics.
At only 17 years old, Ygueravide had already made his debut in the historic Ríos Casares. Later he moved on to other illustrious Women’s League clubs such as Perfumeras Avenida, Estudiantes, Hondarribia and CREFHola! In addition to going abroad. He played in Turkey, Ecuador, Poland, Russia, where he won the Eurocup with Nadezhda in 2019, Hungary and France. He has been playing there for two seasons at ESBVA-Lille Métropole, even if he will return next year. He signed up with Lointek Gernika.
Alternating traditional 5×5 basketball with 3×3 is an effort. Ygueravide still remembers his beginnings in the discipline: “It was hard. It’s a very different game, with a lot of speed and explosiveness“. But it hooked him. So much so that he admits that “if I could, I would only do 3×3. I can’t wait for the summer to play”. His big dream concerns this yellow and blue ball. After a cruel elimination in pre-Olympics for Tokyo, he turns to the Paris 2024 Games.
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