The Murcian pivot leads the display of Lucas Mondelo’s, who finish first in the group and avoid the United States, Australia and Serbia
The national team was worth it yesterday until losing nine to Canada, but the word nap does not exist in its dictionary. Spain does not understand breaks, which went to the game as if it were the final of the World Cup. Like it always does, actually. Direct to the jugular of the Americans, who in a few minutes were already ten down on the scoreboard without having barely landed in the game (13-23).
It was a defensive exhibition of Spain, who played with five on the court, but that seemed ten. The arms of the Spanish were everywhere, collapsing the area and forcing Canada to a titanic effort to score. In this task, always so little recognized, the contribution of the Murcian Laura Gil was again capital. In intangibles, it was number one again.
Colley (-), Nurse (14), Carleton (9), Raincock-Ekunwe (4) and Achonwa (11) -initial quintet-; Fields (9), Ayim (6), Alexander (-), Amihere (10) and Pellington (3).
Domínguez (4), Ouviña (15), Torrens (12), Gil (8) and Ndour (20) -the starting quintet-; Casas (8), Cazorla (2), Palau (1), Carrera (6) and Conde (-).
13-23, 21-17, 13-20 and 19-16.
Yu (TPE), Lezcano (ARG) and Mikheyev (KAZ). Without eliminated.
The one from Santo Ángel accumulates 61 points of valuation in three games, with only 26 points scored (yesterday he scored 8). He is absolutely differential on both sides of the court and forms an inner couple with Astou Ndour who is giving life to Lucas Mondelo’s team in these Games.
The selection is being a refined symphony. Nothing to do with the Eurobasket version, where there were too many pieces missing and where the young women were still timid. In Tokyo, Laura Gil, Alba Torrens and Astou Ndour (20 points and nine rebounds in yesterday’s game) are doing their best. Especially the two interiors, the most regular in these three group matches in which the team has presented its candidacy for the podium. Even more so with the victory against Canada, which paves the way to the medals, as the United States, Australia and Serbia are avoided in the quarterfinals.
Finish the match
After that first magnificent quarter, Spain continued to show off a great defense, but the American team also raised the level. The triples began to enter and the distance was shortened a bit (34-40, min. 20). Spain came out after the break ready to finish the match and did so with a 2-16 in five minutes of play. Partial that ended Canadian hopes and allowed Mondelo to think about the future (36-56, min. 25).
The one from Santo Ángel is the second player in the tournament with the most minutes and forms a luxury couple with Astou Ndour
From then on, the technician distributed the efforts, taking a look at the horizon. To the quarterfinal duel where the medals are already beginning to be seen. Olympic podium that would act as a balm for the disappointment of the Eurobasket and the blur of not being able to be in the World Cup next year. A respite that did not suit the team, as it allowed his rival to re-engage in a duel that he had lost and in which he again had options (56-62, min. 34).
Spain brought out the genius again, with Torrens (eight of his twelve points came in the last quarter) assuming the leadership and with defense again as the flag. Two triples from the Yekaterinburg forward cleared up the doubts and sentenced the match already thinking in the quarterfinals. This time yes. A duel to which all the players will arrive plugged in.