Sixteen years later, Córdoba once again enjoyed #LaFamilia. Sergio Scariolo’s team did not give Ukraine a chance and achieved its third victory () in as many matches played until the qualifying date for the 2023 World Cup. A match in which the homeland paid tribute to a legend of the National Team, Felipe Reyes, and the displays of affection and support from the Spanish delegation and the Córdoba public for the Ukrainian team. Before the start of the duel, a minute of silence was observed in Vista Alegre in memory of the victims of the events that occurred this Thursday.
After some initial attacks in which both teams were misguided, it was the visitors who struck first. A 0-4 to which Quino Colom responded. The base’s magic woke up the National Team. His three almost consecutive triples cracked Bagatskis’s defense. The electric Jerome Randle tried to respond, but the balance was already beginning to tip inexorably on the Spanish side. Yankuba Sima, very attentive to continuations, took possession of the paint and replied to the growth spurt initiated by Colom.
22-17 at the end of the first act and the feeling that Spain had already put the direct. Dominating the rebound, being aggressive defensively (only Randle and the giant Artem Pustovyi saw the hoop frequently) and exhibiting great success on the outside shot (7/13 triples at halftime); Those of Scariolo were increasing a difference that stabilized above ten points until 45-29 with which the interval was reached.
After the emotional tribute to Reyes, Spain did not stop stepping on the accelerator after the intermission. A triple by López-Arostegui served as a declaration of intent. Success to which some accurate Dani Díez and Colom were added who opened the gap over 20 goals (54-33) before reaching the halfway point of the third act. Moments of the clash in which Spain, based on a great and intense defense, enjoyed themselves on the floor until they reached +32 (69-37) in the Vista Alegre electronics.
With the third win already in his pocket, Scariolo continued to rotate the bench and take the opportunity to test. A loss of competitive tension that Ukraine, far from leaving the match, took advantage of to reduce the result to the final 88-74. In short, a night in which Córdoba once again enjoyed #LaFamilia before finally saying goodbye to the rival, Ukraine, with an affectionate applause.