Spainhas rushed until the last seconds of the quarterfinals his chances of reaching the semifinals of these Olympic Games in Tokyo. The team recovered from the difficult moments thanks to a good defense and reached the end of the match with many options to beat France. The bad fortune in the success and in the final moments takes Spain away from its Olympic dream, however, sooner or later La Familia will recompose itself to fight again for the medals of a great tournament.
From the beginning of the game it was perceived that it was not going to be an easy match. Both teams started with great intensity but Spain found a better success (9-4). It was Ouviña, very aggressive on both sides of the court, who set the pace of the game in these opening bars.
The great defensive activity of Spain prevented France from attacking comfortably. The awakening of Gabby Williams supposed a reckoning (11-12), but it returned Alba Torrens placeholder image from 6.75 (14-12) to keep the team ahead. During the final minutes, the national team lacked success facing the basket and the rival took advantage of it to finish ahead (16-21).
The scoring drought continued early in the second round. A 3-12 partial (19-33) and a very powerful France on the counterattack forced the team led by Lucas Mondelo to row. Torrens’ third foul conditioned the Mallorcan forward’s playing time and was Ndour the one that appeared to curdle the comeback. The continuation of the pick and roll with Domínguez and Ouviña allowed the pivot to grow and with 8 goals in the final stretch of the quarter, the score reached the break with a 30-36.
By means of a very plugged Gruda France again distanced itself at the beginning of the third period (30-40). An unsportsmanlike about Shovelu allowed to add two free of Dominguez and a basket of Gil for 38-40 but Johannes and Miyem scored from the perimeter to put ground back in between (38-48).
With the goals of Ouviña, Domínguez and Torrens, Spain endured the increase in physical aggressiveness of France (45-53) and the free throws made the National Team continue to scratch points on the scoreboard, so that the third quarter closed with 48-55 .
The start in the final ten minutes would be crucial for Spain to compete for the win. As it happened in the game against Serbia, Maite Cazorla he again accepted the role of revolutionizing the party. With a triple and a layup, the Canarian made it 53-55. Williams scored (55-57) and answered Ndour (55-57)
A step forward in defense caused France to lower their hitting percentages from the previous quarter and with another triple from Cazorla and a basket from Ndour after an offensive rebound it reached 60-57.
The rival’s response did not take long with four goals from Miyem (60-61). A basket by Casas put the team in front again (62-61) and two free ones by Williams took the French team to 62-63 with just over a minute to go. He failed to score the national team in his possession and Johannes did for 62-65. With 23 seconds in the bright Cazorla scored a layup that made it 64-65.
The Gran Canaria outside sent Duchet to the free line. The French base missed the first and scored the second. Hopes rose, but Spain missed the attack and with two free Williamses, France certified the victory that leaves Spain on the verge of revalidating the feat of getting on the Olympic podium.