Goodbye to Eurobasket

Ouviña was able to avoid extra time from the free kick, but missed the second and Spain broke their streak of seven medals in a row.


Goodbye to Eurobasket. The first setback in the Mondelo era for a team that arrived in Valencia with seven medals in a row hanging around their necks, but which will now have to fight to finish among the top six to be in the Australian World Cup next year. The defeat against Belarus on the first day has paid dearly. Serbia, in the quarterfinals, a rival they did not want to face, as Laia Palau recognized and who, in the eighth, could with the National Team.

Everything could have been different, but basketball is like that. Cristina Ouviña had two free throws with 1.5 seconds to go to put Spain ahead, but she missed the second and the game went into extra time. And in extra time Serbia was much better: with Anderson on the run, Vasic very in tune, Jovanovic killing the match of three ... and Spain denied. Not a basket in those five minutes, only two free throws from Ouviña.

The base scored the first and last points for Spain in the match. He opened the scoring with a triple, one of only two three-point shots (the other was from Ndour) that Spain made before the break. The wrist was not like other days (2/13) and Serbia, in addition, had brought the game to their land: few points and a lot of contact. Marina Maljkovic did not skimp on the start: many centimeters that were choked on the National Team. It was difficult for the balls to reach Ndour in the paint, although between the Hispano-Senegalese and Ouviña they scored 11 of the 15 goals for Spain in that first round.

But Boza's daughter had an ace up her sleeve. Anderson's self-confidence got the national team into foul trouble in the blink of an eye. Maite Cazorla committed three in just one minute and, from the free kick, Serbia got to two (17-19). Spain had gotten fully into the Serbian trap although their rival, fortunately, did not have his day in long distance shooting either (0/8 at half time). Land of shooters, but no aim in that first half.

Raquel Carrera cleared the doubts in attack from the defense. First with a steal that culminated in a counterattack and then with a basket to the past hoop that put the +8 for the National Team (17-25, min. 15). Spain seemed to start to carbure, but the engine suddenly turned off: almost five minutes without scoring that Serbia took the opportunity to reduce the distance (23-25). Astou fixed the mess: 23-27 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Serbia enjoyed the rhythm of Jovanovic. The forward tied the game at 29 and made the first triple for her team (1/10) and the second that placed the +5 for hers (43-38). Spain was experiencing its worst moment and had allowed itself to be infected by the chaos of its rival, but saved the ballot with two free throws from Ouviña: 43-43 with a quarter to play.The National Team dominated the rebound (37-26), but had made too many errors (13 losses) and shooting failures (16/44). Spain enjoyed an income of six points in the final minutes (55-61), but two consecutive actions by Anderson ended that advantage. Serbia was just one free kick when they made it 62-61 with 18.4 seconds remaining. The last ball was from Spain and Ouviña had it with his two free throws. But the second did not enter and Spain is already history in this Eurobasket.

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