As soon as the outstanding victory over Poland (88-89) and Sergio Scariolo’s 150th match as coach celebrated, Spain closes this Sunday the ‘windows’ of the qualifying phase for Eurobasket 2022 measuring its forces with those of Israel, the leader of the group, the only team that so far has counted its matches by wins (5).
The match (17:30, live on BeMad) will mean a new and valuable test for the youngest National Team in recent times, in which they stood out especially against Poland Jonathan Barreiro (24 points) and Darío Brizuela (21) in a performance that in any case was entirely choral.
In the first round clash played last November in Valencia also in a ‘bubble’ format, Spain offered some first minutes of the highest level of play and competitiveness (52-36) but ended up being surpassed by Israel in the second half (85- 95 final). The challenge this Sunday is the same again: compete and at the same time fight to finish the league in which it would be a worthy second position.
On Friday, the Israelis overcame Romania with more difficulties than expected (79-71). In the ranks of the team led by the former international base Oded Katash are the indisputable Roman Sorkin, Tamir Blatt, Yam Madar, Guy Pnini and the Monbús player Obradoiro Jake cohen. In front of the Romanians, Sorkin (18) and Cohen (14) were his top scorers.
This Sunday’s matchday will be completed by the match between Poland and Romania.
Once the ‘windows’ are closed, and with the qualification for the Eurobasket 2022 already assured since November, Spain will return to the forefront in just over four months, already with its eyes fixed on its next challenge: the Olympic Games this summer in Tokyo.
Jaime Fernández: “The team is excited”
The Spanish captain, Jaime Fernández, assures that “It’s going to be a tough game, they already beat us in Valencia. We know that they have a great squad and that we will have to be at full capacity to be able to compete “. It also adds that “The team is excited, we have had a very good week of work and we want to confirm it in the last game, because this is not over, we are really looking forward to being able to compete and enjoy playing with the National Team.”