Luis Scola seems immune to the passage of time. As a European basketball journalist wrote on the networks: “One day Facundo Campazzo, Nicolás Laprovittola and Luca Vildoza will have retired And who is going to pass the ball to Scola?“. The captain of the Argentine basketball team gave a new sign of validity in another decisive match: the one that Argentina beat Japan 97-77 by qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games.
Why Luifa, who curiously was fought with the rim in the short distance (he finished with 4-13 in doubles), he became strong from the triple. So much so that he ended up marking the most in his Olympic career and with high effectiveness: five shots in eight attempts (63%) “from another dimension”.
Thus he completed a statistical sheet worthy of the Scola of always, the one from which the document should be asked after each game to corroborate that he is really 41 years old. They were in total 23 points, 10 rebounds, 1 steal and 1 cap in 26 minutes for the Argentine power forward.
Scola and the ring, an indestructible marriage. Photo Brian Snyder / Pool via AP
“We have been playing a little better every day. The first game of preparation with Australia we played very well but it was weird, because they had just arrived, they had had a long journey. But later in each game we were improving “, evaluated Scola, always analytical and far from the negative fanfare when they lose or too positive when they win.
But he did show hope for what’s to come: “There is an upward line (in performance), a pattern that there is no reason not to continue in the next match; and that is going to give us a chance. I am not saying that we are candidates or that we are going to win, but I am confident that we will play better than today and that we will have a chance to fight in the quarterfinals. There are mistakes, but we played a very good game. “
“When you play an elimination match and you win by 20 points, It’s a good day. And when you score 23 points, it’s also a good day, “he closed with a smile before the journalist José Montesano, from TyC Sports.
But in addition to its performance in general, vital to close the first phase with a victory that put the team among the 8 best in the tournament and waiting for the draw That will take place as soon as the group stage ends with the match between Spain and Slovenia (they play at 5:20 in our country), what moved the fans was a different play.
A show of commitment to Scola jumping headfirst to the parquet to fight for a loose ball when it made little sense to do so: the match was 75 to 60 when Argentina lost the ball, Deck threw himself to recover it, he did it halfway and the captain repeated the gesture, patting the ball and giving it to Leandro Bolmaro.
As if it lacked symbolism, the play ended in a triple by Argentina and served to get the maximum advantage in the whole game: 18 points with six minutes remaining. This is also how the National Team won it: leaving everything to ensure victory and continue in the race for the dream of a medal in Tokyo 2020.
The captain’s great game: