After their clear victory over North Macedonia on Friday in Zaragoza (80-44) in the first game of this Window, Spain will face a high-level test against Georgia this Monday in Tbilisi (5:00 p.m. Spanish time, Teledeporte ). The Caucasian team, which competes in this Window with what will practically be its squad in the Eurobasket, could not beat Ukraine (79-66 in Riga) but has also secured its pass to the second phase.

Spain and Georgia faced each other on the first day of this phase in Jaén, where the Spanish superiority was incontestable (89-61). That game was not played by one of the Georgian pillars, center Tornike Shengelia, but by the other three players who this time will also be the reference of the team led by Ilias Zouros, all of them known from the Endesa League: Giorgi Shermadini, Tadd McFadden and Beka Burjanadze. Georgia has accumulated 3 wins and 2 losses in its 5 matches in this first qualifying phase for the 2023 World Cup.

The Spanish expedition has traveled this Sunday in the early afternoon directly to Tbilisi, after carrying out a final training session in the Príncipe Felipe de Zaragoza pavilion.

Scariolo: “It’s going to be hard but it’s good for us”

“The match is of great importance for the qualification for the World Cup, to add useful victories for the next phase. Georgia is a dangerous rival, with a brutal inside game with great players like Shengelia and Shermadini, another very good player like Burjanadze and a great scorer, a leader capable of great scoring streaks like McFadden”.

“Playing away from home is going to have its weight. Georgia is a basketball country that is preparing to experience a Eurobasket with a lot of passion and enthusiasm”.

“It’s going to be a very tough test and it’s good for us because we have to try to do everything possible to win and at the same time accumulate feelings for the concentration in August”.

Colom: “At home they are a very dangerous team”

“Georgia is at a very high level of intensity, they have very important players, we know how tough their inside game is and we must be prepared because they are a very dangerous team at home”.

“The game could be important for them too because in a couple of months they have the Eurobasket there, they really want to see good basketball, and by hosting a great team like Spain, they will surely try their best to win and that everyone get more excited. Also, having lost their last game against Ukraine, they’re going to go flat out, we’ll have to be very vigilant because they’re a very dangerous team”.