An atypical window because Spain will play only one game, this Thursday in Córdoba (20:45, live on Teledeporte) after the postponement of the one that was scheduled to play in Kiev on Sunday. Only one game but equally important because a victory over the Ukrainians would put the National Team’s qualification for the second phase, which will start in August, on the right track.
The 12 players chosen by Sergio Scariolo for this appointment are Quino Colom, Alberto Díaz, Dani Pérez, Joan Sastre, Xabi López-Aróstegui, Oriol Paulí, Jonathan Barreiro, Joel Parra, Dani Díez, Jaime Pradilla, Yankuba Sima and Fran Guerra.
In the first Window, Ukraine fell to Georgia (88-83) and beat North Macedonia (78-61) to rank third in the group.
Ukraine is an eminently physical team, with players who take up a lot of space, but also with enormous scoring talent. in the first two games he added a total of 22 triples. The experience of its players, many of them playing in leagues outside their country, is headed by well-known Endesa League players such as Artem Pustovyi and Jerome Randle, Vyacheslav Bobrov or Vyacheslav Krvastov. Scariolo and his players anticipate a match with enormous physical demands.
Scariolo: “We can present a competitive version”
The Spanish coach has assessed that “everything has gone very well, the conditions are good, the attitude of the team is very good, this time a very even level of form and preparation of the players, so it has not been easy to decide who will not play They perfectly could have been”.
“I think we can present a competitive version of our team tomorrow.”
“The loss of Rubén Guerrero has influenced above all in the discards because we have been left with only two ‘five’ pure and above all because Rubén was very well, with his club in recent weeks and had trained very well the little he was able to train the first day with us.
Recognition to Felipe Reyes
During half-time in the match, the City Council of Córdoba, the Spanish Basketball Federation and the Andalusian Federation will pay tribute to Felipe Reyes, who was born in Córdoba, along with three other Olympic medalists from Córdoba: the gymnast Lourdes Mohedano, the footballer Rafael Berges and the boxer Rafael Lozano. His recent retirement as a professional player has left him with a career spanning more than two decades in the Endesa League –with Estudiantes and Real Madrid-, numerous titles and individual successes and an exceptional career in the Spanish jersey. With the Absolute National Team, Felipe added 236 caps -just behind Juan Carlos Navarro and Epi- and won 10 medals: gold at the Eurobaskets in 2009, 2011 and 2015, and the World Cup in 2006; silver in the Eurobasket of 2003 and 2007 and in the Olympic Games of 2008 and 2012; and bronze at the 2011 Eurobasket and the 2016 Olympics.
During the act, in addition to the institutional gifts, a plaque will be unveiled in his name.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24 (20:45, Teledeporte)
Vista Alegre Municipal Palace of Cordoba