The Spanish basketball team also broke down the wall of the Eurobasket semifinalsby beating by 91-96 to that of Germany in Berlinwith a stellar Lorenzo Brown (29 points and 6 assists), and will fight next Sunday for the gold medal against Francewho this Friday had no mercy on Poland (54-95).
Neither the 14,073 souls of the Mercedes-Benz Arena against, nor the guard exhibition Dennis Schroeder (30 points and 8 assists) They were able to defeat the national team, which once again showed its best defensive version in the last quarter, when it decided the match with a partial score of 20-31. Because Spain’s star is team play, powered by Sergio Scariolo’s magic board. Against Germany Lorenzo Brown stood outwho was also the hero in the round of 16 against Lithuania, but the eleven players who participated contributed something in the minutes they were on the floor.
Despite the deafening atmosphere of the pavilion, Spain was not diminished in a frenetic first quarter. It was, yes, an exchange of baskets in which the two best players from each team shone. Willy Hernangómez (16 points) punished the hosts in the paint; Schroeder pulled the strings of the German attack. Both scored 9 points after the first 10 minutes, well supported in attack by Lorenzo Brown, from the Spanish perimeter, and Daniel Theis in the German zone, who signed the best play of the first quarter with an ‘alley-oop’ traced by the German ’17’.
But still, Spain was able to stop with an uncomfortable defense for outsiders like Franz Wagner in the first quarter, which allowed him to enjoy a 6-point lead thanks to a ‘bombita’ and a triple by Dario Brizuela at the last minute, which were answered by the German team with another triple on Maodo Lo’s buzzer (24-27).
The ‘Rudy Fernandez factor’
Just start the second period the ‘factor’ Rudy Fernández emerged. The captain invented two consecutive triples that gave air to his team (24-33, min. 33), who withstood the onslaught of their rival until the German star woke up again.
Schroeder put his team on his back with triples, assists and defensive intensity. In 1 minute and 20 seconds, Germany chained a 14-0 run (46-41, min.28). In said 80 fateful seconds, he penalized the champion one Brown unsportsmanlike foulwhich Germany took advantage of to gain confidence from the perimeter with a obst triple.
Scariolo called timeout and on the next play Lorenzo Brown scored a triple (46-43). But the German cyclone, with his physical and aggressive game in attack, made the public go crazy with a triple by Andreas Obst, who finished with 9 points in the first half, ten less than Schroeder (19 points and 5 assists in the first half), essential for his team to reach the break with an advantage (51-46).
Great match for Alberto Diaz
On reboot, It seemed that Germany put the sixth gear with a 4-0 run with which they put themselves up nine points (55-46). But the foreign talent of Lorenzo Brown appeared with a triple and a layup, which prompted Spain to chain a run of 2-15 completed by a 2+1 from Alberto Díaz and another triple from Willy (57-61, min. 25).
It was then that Germany once again tightened the nuts in defense and controlled the rebound. Schroeder and Wagner, who disappeared in the first half, built another bulky partial, this time 10-0, to comfortably command the game with 1 minute and 39 (71-71) remaining in the third period. However, Spain did not lower its arms and survived before the last act with five consecutive points of Garuba and Brownwho did not burn the ball (71-65).
The world champion entered the last quarter better. Alberto Díaz, who did not miss his appointment with an intense defense against Schroeder and scoring in times of need (10 points), and the omnipresent Lorenzo Brown kept Spain’s optionswho with a triple by Juancho Hernangómez leveled the match at 6 minutes and 27 seconds for the final buzzer to sound (77-77).
Lorenzo Brown, infallible from the personnel line
The national team was confident in their plan. Garuba and Juancho chained two masterful slate plays in the paintto which was added a triple by Brown, responding to another by Obst. With 3 minutes and 31 seconds left in the match, Spain dominated by six points (80-86) and locked the door. Schroeder did not score and Theis did not hit on clear options under the rim. Lorenzo Brown from the free throw line with 36 seconds to go (80-88) brought the team closer to victory.
Germany did not give up with the triples of Obst and Maodo Lobut Spain secured the seventeenth consecutive medal in a European with a mate from Juancho Hernangomez in the last second (91-96). The best ending for a group that, before the start of the championship, few trusted that he would fight for gold. On Sunday (8:30 p.m.) he wants to continue making history against France. The feat is already memorable.
– Data sheet:
91 – Germany (24+27+20+20): Schroeder (30), Obst (15), Wagner (15), Theis (10), Voigtmann (2) -initial five-, Giffey (-), Lo (9), Thiemann (6), Weiler-Babb (4) , Wohlafrart-Bottermann (-).
96 – Spain (27+19+19+31): Brown (29), Jaime Fernández (-), López-Arostegui (7), Pradilla (4), Willy Hernangómez (16) -five starters-, Brizuela (5), Alberto Díaz (10), R.Fernández (6) , Garuba (4), Juancho Hernangómez (13) and Sebas Saiz (2).
Referees: Ademir Zurapovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Boris Krejic (Slovenia) and Kerem Baki (Turkey). Eliminated: Alberto Díaz (min.40).
Incidents: second match of the European semifinals played at the Mercedes-Benz Arena before 14,073 spectators.