The state of mind is increasingly important in sport and the Women’s National Team has given a new example of this. On Thursday the head of the players was in the casualties of Alba Torrens placeholder image Y Tamara abalde, in the complicated conditions of the preparation, in the pressure of being the host of the EuroBasket… 24 hours later the release was drastic. Spain played almost perfect basketball for 20 minutes in attack, defended with as much intelligence as intensity and took off the bad vibes to become leader of a group in which all four teams are 1-1.
The defeat of Belarus against Slovakia leaves Spain with all the possibilities to face Sunday’s day, more decisive than ever. A victory against the Slovaks (and a possible defeat for Belarus against Sweden) would place them at the top of Group A. A new challenge for a competitive team that has shown that it has a lot of basketball and needed to free its mind.
The game started as it was in Lucas Mondelo’s script. Good defense and counterattack for the first basket of Astou Ndour, the first to reach the opposite ring. Control of the rebound, aggressiveness in attack and play in the first seconds of possession. In the first minutes of the game, Spain found it easy to attack to get comfortable shots with the pair Ndour-Gil performing at a high level. The sisters Eldebrink Y Kalis loyd held their team, but the entrance of Silvia Dominguez Y Maite Cazorla increased the intensity in defense to place an exciting 21-9 to close the first quarter.
The partial was still open. Sweden was totally blocked with an intensity much lower than that of the Spanish. A 9-0 with Silvia-Astou infallible put the 30-9 before the only basket of the Nordics in six minutes. Maria Count he dared in attack and brought out the talent to score with ease. The rebound always fell in the hands of the players who today wore white, and the Spanish defense did not allow an easy shot to their rival. The only scare, a physical problem in the right ankle of Maite Cazorla. The score, a 47-17 that reflected what had happened on the track.
Despite Lucas Mondelo He insisted on maintaining the same rhythm, it was difficult to shine so much in attack and not have errors in defense. Sweden had their best minutes, before Rachel Carrera he broke the drought with a triple that made it 55-29. Cazorla was back on track and Laura Quevedo he continued to contribute in defense. Leo Rodriguez He made the most of his minutes on the track with that spectacular wrist, although Sweden managed to win the fourth with an 11-18 nothing worrisome.
Sweden tried to come back from the triple, but the match was already resolved at the end of the second quarter, although the Nordics managed to ‘make up’ the scoreboard. There were ten minutes to enjoy, to continue getting feelings watching the decisive game on Sunday. After the debut loss, the victory against Sweden was liberating, but this EuroBasket is showing the equality that exists in women’s basketball on the continent. The problems of preparation, a summer with a continental tournament and the Olympic Games, surprising results, emerging teams like Bosnia or Slovenia… make EuroBasket the most complicated in recent years.