Spain beat Iran for the second time in a row

The National Team easily defeats the Persians (+43) in a match that lasted only 15 minutes (48-28). France, on Thursday in Malaga, the next rival.


Two out of two. The National Team defeated Iran for the second time in a row (96-53) on their return to the WiZink Center almost two years after their last match in Madrid. And he did it without much stress, in a match that was another laboratory test for Scariolo and that had some interest in the first quarter (27-21), but which was definitively broken in the middle of the second: 48-28 after a single mate by Juancho Hernangómez, after a coast-to-coast pass by Rudy Fernández.

Although, in truth, the meeting lasted what Scariolo took to put order and discipline in his defense, somewhat disconnected in the opening bars and iron, intelligent and constant after the Italian gave a voice that was heard even in Brescia: the Persians they scored 21 points in the first 10 minutes, only 32 in the remaining 30. Now, Spain starts the next level of preparation. The hard part. They expect two games against France (the first in Malaga on Thursday) and one against the great ogre, the United States, in the City of Sin, Las Vegas, as an end point to the Saitama operation.

Little by little, Spain takes shape. The process is slow, but without pause: over low heat. Because the Selection begins to carburet. Adapt systems and take on automation with a starting quintet that once again paid tribute, as in Valencia, to the heroes of China: Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernández, Víctor Claver, Juancho Hernangómez and Marc Gasol (a general on the field) started and, from there, the chess moves of the Italian master. Sergio Rodríguez will give Ricky a lot of oxygen (very good in penetration and historical with his 1,000 points with the National Team) and Álex Abrines is a guarantee to increase decibels in defense and efficiency from the perimeter: 9 points and 3/4 of three . And, of course, Pau Gasol, a titanic power in FIBA basketball is 20 or 41 years old, who shared a zone with Usman Garuba. The Madrid pivot has won many kilometers from Pierre Oriola for that place for which both compete to be in Tokyo.Closing

After closing the first part +24 (58-34), the second was what was expected. Minutes and more minutes for the suitors. Sergi Martínez, Carlos Alocén, Darío Brizuela, Xabi López-Arostegui and Alberto Abalde once again stated that they are ready to assume responsibility and go up to the next level. It will be difficult to see them in Tokyo, but they give a lot of confidence for the future. But it also helped the 6,400 fans present at the Palace to once again enjoy the basketball festival and pay tribute to the late Raffaella Carrà. It's fantastic, fantastic this party.

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