FIBA World Cup is over and we have our next Champion, Spain. The ruthless Spanish Team showed complete dominance over Argentina and won the trophy by 95-75. Coach Sergio Scariolo of Spain came with all answer for the defiant Argentinean defense. It wasn’t really easy for Spain to defeat Argentina who was looking for the second championship title at the FIBA. However, it was an aggressive mindset and positive start from the very beginning that ensured the triumph for Spain.
Relentless Argentina showed great character and grit to fight back again and again. However, the Spanish Defence was too hard to pass through. The field goal percentage ensured that the champion team is psychologically ahead and it completely took Argentina by surprise.
Argentina fought really hard but points weren’t there for the team. Luis Scola, a former NBA Champion went scoreless for the first half of the game. The tight defense and high pressure kept the South American team at the bay as Spain marched ahead. The aggressive approached was maintained throughout the match. Argentina got the style of the game after the third quarter. However, the difference was too much by then. Argentina was trailing by 20 points. The score of 35 against 95 dented the dream of Argentinean players. They could not really recover from the assault and finished at 55 against 95 of Spain.
Ricky Rubio was the scintillating player of the match who scored massive 20 points. He also had 7 rebounds and assisted thrice in the match for Spain. Rudy Fernandez, Marc Gasol, and Sergio Llull were also fantastic for Spain in the final match. Nicolas Laprovittola and Gabrial Deck kept the pressure from Argentinean side and scored 17 and 24 respectively. However, the difference of points in the first half became too much to cover at the end.
After the exciting finish of third quarter, Spain extended its dominance with 14-0 streak and that sealed the name of Spain on the FIBA World Cup. The stats show the complete dominance of the Spanish team. The Spanish team was ahead in rebounds 47-27. The baskets from the painted area were also in favor of Spain and they were ahead by 44-30 against Argentina. On the hand, Argentina lacked in the shots from the floor and it recorded only 36% as compared to solid 48% of Spain.
Spain has been consistent throughout the FIBA World Cup and played with grit and determination in the final to claim the well-deserved trophy.