Spain basketball tops France for fourth EuroBasket gold medal in past six tries

BERLIN — For Spain, nearly the entire names on the nationwide crew’s roster have modified in current years.

The expectations didn’t. And neither did the outcomes.

Juancho Hernangomez scored 27 factors, his brother Willy Hernangomez added 14 and received event MVP honors, and Spain topped France 88-76 on Sunday to win the EuroBasket gold medal.

It was Spain’s fourth European championship in its past six makes an attempt, all these golds coming underneath coach Sergio Scariolo.

Lorenzo Brown scored 14 factors and had 11 assists for Spain, whereas Jaime Fernandez scored 13.

Evan Fournier led France — which additionally dropped the gold-medal recreation on the Tokyo Olympics to the US final summer time — with 23 factors, whereas Thomas Heurtel scored 16 and Guerschon Yabusele added 13.

Rudy Gobert was held to solely six factors on simply two pictures from the sector for France.

“Spain performed higher from begin to end,” Fournier stated. “They had a transparent recreation plan, and we did not execute ours properly sufficient. … We by no means actually had management of the sport. They simply performed higher, man, interval.”

This was alleged to be a rebuilding summer time for Spain. Pau and Marc Gasol, the longtime leaders of this system, retired from worldwide play following a quarterfinal loss to the US on the Tokyo Games. Sergio Gonzalez additionally determined final summer time was the appropriate time to stroll away, after 16 years with the nationwide crew. Sergio Llull and Ricky Rubio, two extra of the crew’s veterans, couldn’t play due to accidents.

The successful custom continued anyway. Spain is now the reigning Basketball World Cup (received in China in 2019) and EuroBasket champion. It has additionally medaled in 10 of its past 11 EuroBasket appearances.

For France, it was one other medal — and one other occasion of developing a bit in need of the shiniest medal. France’s final main crown got here in successful EuroBasket in 2013. Since then, the French have received two bronzes on the World Cup (2014, 2019), a bronze at EuroBasket (2015), silver on the Tokyo Olympics and now silver once more.

The distinction was clear: Spain held a large 35-7 edge in factors off turnovers.

“Today, clearly, we now have misplaced the gold,” France coach Vincent Collet stated. “They executed their plan completely.”

Juancho Hernangomez was 6-for-6 from 3-point vary in a six-minute span of the second quarter, serving to Spain lengthen what was a 23-14 lead right into a 45-26 edge with nearly three minutes left in the half.

It was maybe a mildly unlikely supply for a 3-point barrage. He had made a complete of 12 3s in his eight earlier video games in this yr’s EuroBasket event, and his highest in any NBA recreation is six.

An 11-0 run helped France reduce what had been a 21-point deficit to only 47-37 on the half — and the momentum carried into the third quarter.

Yabusele’s jumper with 6:52 left in the third acquired France inside 49-46, and every thing appeared to be shifting.

But Spain held on. Juancho Hernangomez’s seventh 3-pointer with 7:29 left made it a 71-61 recreation, and the result wasn’t in doubt once more.

BRONZE MEDAL

GERMANY 82, POLAND 69

In the bronze-medal matchup earlier Sunday, Dennis Schroder scored 26 factors and host Germany held off Poland.

It was Germany’s first EuroBasket medal since successful silver in 2005. Poland matched its finest end in the occasion since 1971.

“They instructed me it has been 17 years since Germany received a medal,” Germany coach Gordie Herbert stated. “It’s sort of becoming that Dennis Schroder’s quantity is 17. It’s been an unbelievable honor to educate these guys from Day 1.”

Johannes Voigtmann scored 14 for Germany.

“We labored onerous for it,” Schroder stated. “It’s an unbelievable feeling to come back out third in the EuroBasket.”

Michal Sokolowski led Poland with 18 factors, with Jakub Garbacz scoring 12 and AJ Slaughter ending with 10 factors and 10 assists.

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