Madrid, Aug 11 (EFE).- The Spanish basketball team got even for the defeat suffered two days before in Athens and with authority took revenge in Madrid in another friendly (87-80) on a Greek team that accused, as it could not to be otherwise, the absence due to some discomfort in the knee of its great star Giannis Antetokounmpo, great protagonist of the first duel between both combined.
The Milwaukee Bucks player, colossal in the head-to-head against Athens with 31 points and 10 rebounds, had to watch from the bench as his team cracked against a more complete version of Spain and now with Sergio Llull in the team.
At the beginning, the clash began on an equal footing and with the exclusive leading role of four players as the Hernangómez brothers, Agravanis and Kostas Antetokounmpo shared the first sixteen points, eight per side.
At that moment, the Greeks opened the first gap with a triple by Calathes, a basket by Dorsey and a dunk by Kostas Antetokounmpo. That story had already been experienced by the Spanish team at the OAKA, but you learn from mistakes and the reaction was quick and effective, rising on the perimeter.
Two triples by Rudy Fernández, one by Juancho Hernangómez and another by Sergio Llull drew a 14-4 run that allowed Spain to leave at the end of the first quarter with a slight advantage (22-21). Not only that, but he also laid the foundations for a dynamic that continued back to the track, with a 7-0 that locked up five points from Lorenzo Brown.
Those of Sergio Scariolo liked themselves against a deflated rival, who did not puncture. In fact, he returned to his solid state less than four minutes before the break, at which point he turned a thirteen-point deficit into a more affordable five through Calathes, Larentzakis and Agravanis (45-40, min 20).
The Greek inspiration did not die there since when only two minutes of the second half had been played, Spain was already behind on the scoreboard (45-47). In short, stoppage through, the scoring streak had been 0-15. Hard punishment for those at home who, despite this, had only suffered the lesser evil of seeing how everything was balanced again.
At that point, the locals woke up again and entered the battle to increase the distance again. Juancho lit the fuse thanks to a triple and his brother Willy was in charge of launching the ammunition with a few moments of scoring efficiency that put his team twelve ahead with three to play in the third quarter (65-53).
At the time of the match it might have seemed that Spain was in a position to leave on the scoreboard, but Nueva Grecia grabbed them by the chest with an 8-2 chiseled mostly based on free kicks in the final stretch of the period.
Thus, the difference between one and the other was six at the beginning of the final quarter. This was born with five points from Brizuela, three from Saiz and a triple from Pradilla that hardly had a Helena response (77-63).
The stick was too hard for the foreign team, which this time could not get up, in part because it did not leave them with an invigorated Jaime Pradilla, who more than fulfilled the minutes he was on the court. In the end, Spain will beat Greece with relative solvency and the two settled scores on a previous path to the Eurobasket, which still has stops.
– Data sheet:
87 – Spain (22+23+25+17): Moreno (8), Pradilla (12), López-Arostegui (-), Willy Hernangómez (23), Juancho Hernangómez (10) -starting five-, Rudy Fernández (6 ), Llull (6), Saiz (7), Parra (-), Jaime Fernández (6), Guerra (4), Brizuela (5) and Nuñez (-).
80 – Greece (21+19+21+19): Calathes (8), Dorsey (9), Papanikolau (5), Agravanis (24), Kostas Antetokounmpo (6) -initial five-, Papapetrou (8), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (1), Larentzakis (7), Bochoridis (5), Kaselakis (5), Lountzis (2), Kouzeloglu (-).
Referees: Antonio Conde (ESP), Luis Miguel Castillo (ESP) and Fernando Calatrava (ESP). Without eliminated.
Incidents: friendly preparatory match for the Eurobasket played at the WiZink Center in Madrid before 13,047 spectators.
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