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FIBA Pre-Olympic Tournament – Group A – working day 2




The reminiscence of the Angolazo hovered for a couple of moments across the Fonteta. That defeat towards the African workforce on the Barcelona 92 ​​Games got here again to life in Spain's second recreation within the pre-Olympic match in Valencia. Scariolo's workforce suffered and sweated to attain the victory (89-81) and within the course of qualify for the semi-finals of this Saturday's match. Willy with 22 factors and 10 rebounds, Aldama with 24 and eight, and Lorenzo Brown with 11 assists led the survival towards a really bodily highly effective Angola that gained the rebound battle (33-40). Bahamas beat Poland within the different a part of the draw by 90-81 to tie up first place and second place will likely be performed on Thursday (20.30) between the Poles and the Finns. The winner of this duel would be the rival of the Spanish workforce within the semi-finals, whereas Bahamas will face within the different match the winner of Lebanon-Angola (17.30).

The recreation additionally served as an opportunity for Sergio Scariolo to have fun his two hundredth recreation accountable for the nationwide workforce with a win. The 63-year-old Italian coach is just behind Antonio Díaz-Miguel (433). His 27-year stint ended with the shocking defeat on the Barcelona Games towards Angola, the rival towards whom Scariolo has reached double 100 appearances. Juancho didn’t play as a consequence of an adductor harm (“he doesn’t look good, he can barely walk,” stated Scariolo) nor did Juan Núñez as a consequence of a technical resolution.

Through these twists of destiny, a generational thread linked the Angolazo with this pre-Olympic match. From Santiago Aldama to Santiago Aldama, father and son, current in every of the matches 32 years aside. Like Jean Jacques Conceiçao, the Angolan hero of the time, and his son Silvio de Souza, lined up towards Scariolo's boys. And with the ball in play, one other heart-stopping match. Spain lined up the identical beginning 5 as towards Lebanon, a workforce that appears to be taking form because the beginning base of the nationwide workforce: Brown, Llull, López-Arostegui, Aldama and Willy. The mixture mixes expertise to handle the beginnings, defensive tack and two nice inside scorers. Aldama gained prominence within the first steps together with his ease of motion and Brown fed his reference to Willy. Spain was in cost (13-8). Angola resisted with bodily power and a drive in offensive rebounds that required the locals to maintain their revolutions excessive.

The B-side got here into play: Díaz, Brizuela, Rudy, Pradilla and Garuba. More protection, stripes and an excellent dose of youth beneath the hoops. Angola continued to earn second possibilities with their captures in assault, a gap that Scariolo's workforce was having hassle filling (26-19). The Spanish workforce was technically superior, however that distinction in expertise didn’t translate right into a definitive begin. The factors basket was crammed primarily by Aldama, freed in entrance of the opposing backboard in these first two pre-Olympic video games, and Willy, provided by Brown. On the Angolan facet the spoils had been extra shared. The boys educated by the Spaniard Josep Clarós misplaced their concern and attacked beneath the ring, discovering there the hole the place they may cut back the hole. Spain struggled to cease the penetrations and misplaced the second quarter to the Africans (24-26) to succeed in the break a hair forward (46-43) and with a way of concern about their recreation. The protection had leaked.

The connection between Lorenzo Brown and Willy Hernangómez is a blessing for the workforce. The level guard finds within the Madrid pivot the most effective goal for his passes. And the large man has within the playmaker the person who finest provides him with balls in advantageous positions. In a way, each converse the identical language. Spain breathes with this pairing and Scariolo breathes, who no less than obtains a differential aspect there. This understanding allowed the workforce to take some oxygen in moments of suffocation (56-48). Aldama contributed with different good minutes. Angola responded with baskets on the run and once more with the additional bonus of the offensive rebound to shut the positions. The stress was most within the Fonteta (68-59).

A 3-pointer from Rudy gave the workforce its finest lead, 12 factors. But then they conceded a 0-5 in a breath that angered Scariolo. The coach is deeply pained by the defensive gaps. Captain Rudy needed to return once more to regulate the heart beat (82-74). There is lots at stake and nerves are on edge. Spain turned to the stripes of Brown, Llull and Rudy to handle the ultimate minutes and safe a victory that was hard-fought because of the bodily calls for of the rival. The stroll that was the debut towards Lebanon turned a rocky highway towards Angola on the way in which to the semi-finals of the pre-Olympic. Being within the Games, because the coach has already warned, will price blood and sweat.

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