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Spain beat France to win the EuroBasket gold medal

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As for Spain, in recent years almost all the names in the national team have changed. There were no expectations. And the results too. Toronto Raptors’ Juancho Hernangomes scored 27 points, his brother Willy Hernangomes added 14 points to become the tournament’s MVP, and on Sunday Spain beat France 88–76 to win the EuroBasket gold medal.

It was the fourth Spanish championship in Europe in the last six attempts, and all these gold medals went to coach Sergio Scariolo.

“It’s easy to say we’re very happy,” Scariolo said. “We entered this championship in eighth place in the power rating, and we managed to rise, step by step. all these great teams.”

Lorenzo Brown has 14 points and 11 assists for Spain, while Jaime Fernandez has 13.

Evan Fournier led France, which also lost the gold medal to the United States at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, with 23 points, Thomas Hertel scored 16 and Gershon Jabusele added 13.

Rudy Gobert of the Minnesota Timberwolves only scored six points on just two fielding shots for France.

“Spain played better from start to finish,” Fournier, who plays for the New York Knicks, said. “They had a clear game plan and we didn’t execute it well enough… We never controlled the game. just played better, man, period.”

This summer was supposed to be a restorative one for Spain. Poe and Marc Gasol, longtime leaders of the program, retired from the international team after losing in the quarterfinals to the United States at the Tokyo Games.

Sergio Gonzalez also decided that last summer was the right time to leave after 16 years with the national team. Sergio Lull and Ricky Rubio, two other veterans, were unable to play due to injuries.

In any case, the winning tradition just continued. Spain is currently the reigning FIBA ​​World Cup (won in China in 2019) along with the EuroBasket Champion. He has also won medals in 10 of his last 11 EuroBasket matches.

“It’s hard to put into words how I feel,” said Willie Hernangomez, who plays in the NBA for New Orleans. “I am extremely proud of my teammates, my coaching staff, the entire Spanish federation from the top down. We really deserve this gold medal.”

But this young team also had youthful exuberance: When Scariolo and Willy Hernangomes tried to hold a post-match press conference, the rest of Spain’s roster crashed the session armed with water bottles and doused MVP and their coach.

“This is the dark side of a young team,” said Scariolo, gleefully wiping his face with a towel. “I don’t see Pau Gasol spilling water.”

For France, it was another medal – and another occasion when she fell short of the most brilliant medal. France’s last major crown was the EuroBasket victory in 2013. Since then, the French have won two bronzes at the World Championships (2014, 2019), a bronze at EuroBasket (2015), a silver at the Tokyo Olympics, and now silver again.

The difference was clear: Spain had a huge 35-7 points lead through losses.

“Today, obviously, we lost the gold,” said France head coach Vincent Collet. “They executed their plan perfectly.”

Juancho Hernangomes was 6 of 6 with a 3-pointer in 6 minutes of the second quarter, helping Spain extend their 23-14 lead to 45-26 with just 3 minutes left in the half.

It may have been an unlikely source for a three-point attack. He has made a total of 12 triples in his eight previous EuroBasket tournament games this year, and his record in any NBA game is six.

“We needed him today and he was there for us,” said Willy Hernangomez.

An 11-0 run helped France cut a 21-point deficit to just 47-37 at half – and momentum moved into the third quarter.

Jumper Yabusele led France 49-46 from 6:52 to the end of the third run and everything seemed to change.

But Spain held out. Juancho Hernangomez’s seventh 3-pointer made it 71-61 with 7:29 left, and the result was again beyond doubt.

“I couldn’t be happier as a basketball coach,” Scariolo said.

(AP)

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