Final EuroBasket 2015: Spain returns to the top

por Roberto Anidos publicado en 2015 Decade 2010 EuroBasket Lithuania Spain

In 2015 was held the Eurobasket Lille, where in the grand final Spain gave no option to a Lithuania rather unwise in the shot, and won by (80-63) with a Pau Gasol, MVP tournament, imperial

In the semi-finals, Spain beat hosts France (80-75) in a match that required extra time. At the other crossroads Lithuania beat Serbia (64-67) in a power match. In the fight for the Bronze, which for many was going to be the final of the tournament, France became strong in front of their public and won with some ease to Serbia by (81-68), thus completing the podium.

They didn’t count on them, France and Serbia, even Greece took all the spotlights. But in the end Spain and Lithuania showed that their basketball should never be dismissed. The Eurobasket final was marked by the Lithuanians’ lack of success and this allowed Spain to dominate from start to finish. The Lithuanians tried but could do nothing before the umpteenth exhibition of Spain and the MVP Pau Gasol tournament, which signed 25 points and 12 rebounds, well seconded by Llull (12 points 6 rebounds 5 assists) and Rudy with 11 points before injury.

A dream start for Spain

The final begins with a cap of Pau on Maciulis and in the next play Llull inaugurates the scoreboard. Spain wants to play fast, does not want to make Lithuania think in defense and takes the first advantages in a few minutes (8-2 min. 2), something that forces the first time dead. The Spanish intensity does not cease, Rudy is fine in attack, for the moment everything seems to face for the red. Two consecutive baskets of Pau Gasol puts them above the ten advantage (15-4 min. 5). The Lithuanians are able to defend in the following minutes, but still find no place in attack. Pau continues to hammer the hoop, having already scored 8 points (19-6 min. 8). In the last minutes of the first quarter Lithuania continues to adjust its defense, Spain has more difficulty spinning its game, but we are before the dream start, (19-8 min. 10) at the end of the first quarter.

Lithuania dominate the rebound and get into the game

The second lines of each side jump to scene, the chacho gives sparkles of quality and Rudy continues magnificent face to the hoop, and takes 7, Spain reaches the maximum of fifteen points (23-8 min. 12). Two free throws from Seibutis break a drought of more than three and a half minutes. Spain with 60% from the field and Lithuania with 22% makes the reds dominate at will for the moment. Lithuania is put in zone and is entrusted to the tickets of Seibutis. Spain also entrusts itself to the zone, but they begin to have certain problems in their closing of rebound (27-14 min. 14). The distances are shortened, in these possessions you see another fluidity in attack, but Spain does not back down, triple Mirotic from his corner and four points from Pau, clear any doubt momententanea (34-18 min. 16). A partial of (3-8) shows again the Lithuanian improvement with a Seibutis untied, Scariolo has to ask for time (37-29 min. 18) after seeing how the distance falls below ten. In the final moves of the fourth Spain manages to stop a bit the avalanche, until a triple end of Maciulis places the (41-33 min. 20) in the equator of the match.

Spain returns to its rhythm against a Lithuania without success

We resume with a mate from Ribas. Valanciunas, although it is not very fine for now, commits two consecutive personals to add his third. In the following possessions is a give and take between baskets and inaccuracies. Gasol after rebound in attack of his own shot puts the (47-35 min. 23). Spain continues with its problems in the rebound, but they compensate it with their intensity in defense. Lithuania asks for time to try to solve their bad percentages. A time that serves them of little, two free throws of Rudy and a triple of Ribas put the maximum (52-35 min. 25). The logical Lithuanian reaction is not long in coming, they know that we are in the key moment, there is no margin for error for them. (52-39 min. 26), Rudy leaves injured after a hard blockade of Jankunas. The greens try but have to improve their percentages, Kalnietis with a triple tries to shorten (54-42 min. 28). The last minutes are again tinted red, a triple Claver puts the maximum of 18 (60-42 min. 29). A free kick from Seibutis closes the third quarter (60-43 min. 30).

Lithuania tries to avoid the inevitable, Spain European Gold!

Spain begin imprecise, taking risks in the passes, there are less than ten minutes left for the end of the game, and is noted in some actions (60-45 min. 31). Spain does not score, Lithuania has no choice but to clench its teeth in defence and it shows, Scarolo asks for time (60-45 min. 32). A fantasy pass from Gasol to Claver breaks the Spanish drought. The minutes pass and the baskets are a precious good, and more for Spain that carries a basket in which we arrived from fourth, almost five minutes, Gasol with two free throws puts the (64-49 min. 35), luckily for Spain, Lithuania continues with its bad percentages. The clock is now the number one enemy of the Greens. A penetration of the chacho, a triplazo of Llull and the fifth of Valanciunas bring Spain a little closer to gold. Lithuania presses with a (0-5), Spain replicates with a free shot of Gasol (72-59 min. 38). Pau Gasol wants to put the brooch that he deserves to his European, with a plug, the third in his account and a triple that leaves the championship seen for sentence (75-59 min. 39). The final plays have no more history to surrender to this Spain and to this Pau Gasol.

Spain   80
*Llull – 12p, 6r, 5a.
*Ribas – 7p, 1r.
*Rudy – 11p, 2br, 1r.
*Mirotic – 8p, 2r, 2a.
*P.Gasol – 25p, 12r, 4a.
Rodríguez – 4p, 6a, 2r.
San Emeterio – 0p, 1r.
Claver – 7p, 6r, 2t.
Reyes – 8p, 1r, 1a.
Vives – 0p, 1r.
Aguilar – 0p.
Hernangómez –
Lithuania   63
*Kalnietis – 13p, 6a, 2br.
*Seibutis – 13p, 4r.
*Maciulis – 8p, 4r, 2a.
*Jankunas – 3p, 4r.
*Valanciunas – 10p, 9r, 2a.
Kuzminskas – 8p, 6r, 2a.
Lekavicius – 0p, 2a.
Kavaliauskas – 4p, 5r.
Milaknis – 3p.
Gailius – 1p.
Javtokas – 0p.
Sabonis – 0p.