The Spanish team will fight for its most unexpected gold in the final of the Eurobasket contra France. With all the fans against and a Dennis Schroder unstoppable, spain he once again enlarged his legend and won an exciting semifinal with the scoring leadership of Lorenzo Brown and an unshakable faith in its possibilities. Another medal secured for a legendary team. Players pass. The glory remains.
spain went out to the semifinal well tuned, ready to face the downpour of the German fans and guided one day by Willy Hernangomez. The first quarter was an exchange of blows between the center of the Pelicans y Schroder which was null, since both went to 9 points. The German no longer lowered his foot on the accelerator throughout the night.
After the good German start, a basket of Brown heart a spain for the first time up on the scoreboard (9-8) and that was the trend for almost the entire first half. The inexperience did not weigh the young group of scario and the irruption of Dario Brizuela it even allowed him to stretch slightly on the scoreboard (27-21). Just like what happened against Finland, an unlikely triple from a rival, in this case from Maodo Lo on one leg and from 10 meters, he adjusted the marker on the horn.
The start of the second quarter saw the best minutes of spain. Rudy He entered the game just as he finished it in the quarterfinals, with two three-pointers in a row and a 6-0 run that extended the maximum until it was close to ten (24-33). All this happened with Schroder on the bench. Gordon Herbert quickly called his star.
From your hand, Germany caused a critical short circuit in spain. It was a hurricane as brief as it was intense, barely 80 seconds in which Germany It caught fire and turned the game around with a 14-0 run. The instigator was an unstoppable Schroder and the executor was Andrew Obstformer player of workshop who hit three triples almost in a row. Germany won the break with 5 lead points (46-51).
Brown accepts the challenge
Schroder threatened to break the semifinal at the beginning of the third quarter (46-55), but at that moment the strange, but effective, couple that formed Alberto Diaz and Lorenzo Brown. Between the two bases they managed to stop the player of the NBA and also multiply in attack for a few very inspired minutes. They carved out a 15-2 run that once again filled their team with hope (61-57). Until Willy he scored an unlikely three-pointer at the buzzer.
But Schroder its alot Schroder and the German fans also pushed theirs. The base’s penetrations destroyed the Spanish defense again and again, powerless to stop an enlightened player, and the bad moment extended to the attack with a major jam. In a semifinal turned into an exchange of bites, Germany He was biting again with great force the Spanish jugular. The partial, traced to the first half: 14-0. Germany He was once again approaching his long-awaited final (61-71).
But spain it hadn’t come this far to sink at the first major blow. He tightened the screws again in defense, with a shot of Garuba a Schroder included, and Brown wasn’t intimidated by dueling bases. same as before Lithuania, became the leader and his teammates gave him all the hot balls. From his hand, another huge slap to the game and the team ahead in the middle of the last quarter. And since things were partial, then a 13-0 (83-77).
The two attacks stalled, logical with so much play, but the clock was running in favor of spain, who entered the last two minutes keeping the +6 (86-80). The final battle began, that of the nerves against the host. The one of keeping the wrists firm from the free kick when the shine of the medals can already be seen on the horizon. That one was won too. spain qualified for the tenth European final in its history and, probably, the most meritorious and unexpected of all.