Spain began dominating the scoreboard with the points of Alarcón and Buenavida (9-2). The Czech Republic returned the partial (9-11) and it was Contell and Lamana who added with their actions, while the rival found the right from the perimeter. After the distribution of points, the end of the first period came with maximum equality (16-16).
The exit from Spain to the second round was very good. Through a great Marta García, Spain carved out a partial 10-1 (26-17) achieving a difference that was close to ten and that would remain for much of the period (30-21).
However, the Czech Republic was bent on counterattacking and came back with another good set to put the light at 32-34 at halftime.
After the equality of the first minutes of the third quarter (36-36), the Czech Republic extended its income to 40-46. That slight advantage of the rival was present throughout the period. The lack of success from the triple and the turnovers were the aspects that did the most damage to the team led by Mario López.
The last quarter began with 47-52, which increased the rival to 47-54. Two free throws by De Santiago and a layup by Lamana cut to 51-54. The Czech Republic threatened to escape in 51-58, but Spain denied that option with the points of Buenavida and Contell (57-60).
With two free passes converted, the Czech Republic made it 57-62 in a result that was immobile for more than two minutes. It was a basket from rival Maliková that ended the drought (47-64).
Spain recovered with two baskets from Suárez to make it 61-64 but missed his chance to tie the contest with two triples that went off in the last possession. A defensive rebound from the Czechs, ended in a fast counterattack (61-66). Alarcón tried with a fast entry (63-66) but Spain ran out of time.
Despite not having achieved victory, the U19F has shown its dedication and talent. The national team will fight tomorrow for seventh place against Russia (11:30).