Eurobasket: in Berlin, the Spanish wall Lithuania | Sports

A mountain rises before Spain in Berlin. In the future Mercedes-Benz Arena, next to the historic wall, the team will play a EuroBasket round of 16 match against a very muscular Lithuania this Saturday (20.45, Four), which will measure where the generational change is. Scariolo expects a very physical shot against the team that moves Jokubaitis, Grigonis triples and Valanchinas and Domantas Sabinis (2.11 m by beard) under the hoop.

Spain, the first of seven in a major event, will need another form of development to reach the quarter-finals. Lithuania spent the first three days in a devilish group with defeats against France, Slovenia and Germany, but recovered to beat the national team in two warm-up games in August. Since then, Spain has grown in power. Lined up behind the returning Rudy, the young men have another baptism of fire. In Berlin, the wall is Lithuania.

Scariolo has spread the minutes and responsibilities on a team led by Lorenzo Brown in assists (6.4 per game) and Willy Hernangomez in points (15.4) and rebounds (7.4). Around, depending on the times of the game, a lot of common popularity. Alberto Diaz watered the trail of his defensive effort, Barlon who stole from Larkin was crucial against Turkey, Dario Brizuela provided Spain with an unreserved offensive talent that increased the pace in the moments of inspiration, Pradilla fought back. Like Usman Garuba with rockier studs based on his character under the hoop…

“Lithuania is a competitor that normally affects you in the semi-finals or quarters, and although it is first in the group, it affects us in the round of 16. They are NBA and Euroleague players. We know the strength,” Scariolo commented this Friday. “The way we played and the team spirit exceeded expectations. It’s an excellent first chapter. We reached the cut-off stage with 12 players involved and no one ever dropped out of the rotation or fell short of expectations. These figures go up against a competitor with the greatest physical and technical strength of any competitor we have ever met. “The team has to give the best version of itself, but that doesn’t mean that everyone gives the best according to what is shown in the statistics,” added the coach.

Eurobasket final in Berlin.

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