Spain are in the quarter-finals of the EuroBasket after a grueling win over Lithuania (102-94). Coach Sergio Scariolo said after the game that few believed they would come this far: “We are where few thought we would be, but we have good form but we will continue.” It’s a myth and we don’t want to end it by not doing everything possible to perpetuate it. “As long as we maintain the necessary humility, we are a little more confident every day,” he said. Scariolo’s team put up a merciless fight from the start against one of the strongest opponents in the tournament and dominated for most of the game. The Lithuanians continued to lead by 11 points, but Spain did not give up, taking the lead in the fourth quarter, forcing Lithuania to overtime with 0.7 seconds remaining. Then the best Lorenzo Braun led the national team to the next round. Spain’s rival Croatia and Finland will play their round of 16 match this Sunday.
With that we say goodbye for today. I am happy to share with you the great game in Spain where the team reached the quarter finals of EuroBasket. We know tomorrow Croatia or Finland will be Tuesday’s opponent.
Lorenzo Brown Exhibition
Spain is still Spain.
As the years go by, generations fade and names change, not unlike this EuroBasket team with seven starters in a big event. But Spain is still Spain, a team with an indestructible competitive DNA, capable of doing another masterpiece in Berlin when he was on the canvas: he will return with more confidence than the game against Lithuania and qualify for the quarter-finals after extra time, it will be this round. This Sunday, Finland and Croatia will face the winner of the tournament on Tuesday at 17.15. La Familia is still in the elite thanks to the many new faces at the table. For example, Lorenzo Brown, who came last, played even against Pocha, with 28 points and eight rebounds.
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“We are where few think we are, but we are good, but we have to keep going. It’s a myth and we don’t want to stop by not doing our best to keep it going. Every day we are. As long as we maintain the necessary humility, we are a little more confident.
What kind of basket is Garuba overtime?
In the quarter-finals, Spain’s rivals will meet Finland and Croatia tomorrow at 2:45 p.m. It is a bit of poetic justice for Scariolo’s men to meet the Croats after Boganovic deliberately missed a basket to go to Spain rather than Slovenia in the final group game.
Some match statistics:
- Lorenzo Brown’s game was capital and he led Spain in both stats with 28 points and 8 assists. When the team needed him most, the point guard responded and led the team in overtime.
- Neither Sabinis nor Valancinas were Lithuania’s main offensive weapon, but Kuzminskas scored 18 points with 4 of 9 double-doubles to keep Skariolo’s men on the ropes.
- Despite both teams dominating the game, the game was played in a remarkable fashion. The proof of this is that 37 Spain and 39 Lithuania got the same rebounds.
What a great game from both Spain and Lithuania. The team defeated one of the toughest opponents in the competition, which it has beaten twice this summer, and proved that predictions were in vain. Now it’s time to wait for the quarter-final opponent, but spirits can’t be lifted.
ESP 102 – 94 lt
It’s game over, Spain are in the EuroBasket quarterfinals!
ESP 100 – 94LIT | suffix | Minute 0:19
Willie gets a 2+1 to qualify for the quarterfinals!
ESP 97 – 94 LIT | suffix | Minute 0:29
How a good steal from Garuba can be useful for a game! Brazdeikis committed an unsportsmanlike foul and Lorenzo Brown scored both free kicks in possession to give Spain a win and a place in the quarter-finals.
The basket that forced the extension
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