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Spain sharpens against Georgia in the Eurobasket, the NBA stars do not fail

Spain, current world champion, authoritatively defeated (90-64) one of the hosts of Eurobasket 2022, Georgia, this Saturday in Tbilisi, taking an i


Spain, current world champion, authoritatively defeated (90-64) one of the hosts of Eurobasket 2022, Georgia, this Saturday in Tbilisi, taking an important step to play the round of 16, on a day in which the NBA stars did not fail either Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokoumpo.

After the inaugural walk against Bulgaria, Spain had a bigger test against a team with more physique, skill and playing at home, with 8,000 fans roaring.

But Spain, current world champion but playing in the European Championship with a completely renewed team -seven players are making their debut in a major competition-, showed that it will be a tough nut to crack when teams led by NBA stars cross paths.

The Spanish team’s leading scorer was again Willy Hernangómez, with 14 points, also contributing seven rebounds.

But the best thing about Spain was that its 12 players contributed, from Rudy Fernández, the captain who became the second player with the most international appearances by reaching 240, to Jaime Pradilla, one of the most successful debutants, who contributed 12 points and four robberies.

Among the favourites, the Serbian team led by superstar Nikola Jokic beat the Czech Republic, which also plays at home, 81-68.

The team led by the best player in the NBA in the last two seasons has won its two Group D games. The ‘Joker’ contributed 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists.

In addition, the current champion Slovenia, with Luka Doncic at the helm, walked against Hungary (103-88).

The Dallas Mavericks guard allowed himself the luxury of playing less than 20 minutes, enough to get 20 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, including a play in which he passed the ball under the legs of an opponent before putting a ‘alley-hoop’ to a partner.

The Greek Giannis Antetokoumpo, whose team defeated Italy, which plays at home in Milan, by 85-81, did not fail either, although with more difficulties. The ‘Greek Freak’ contributed 25 points and 11 rebounds.

— Results of Saturday’s day at the Eurobasket:

– group A

Georgia – Spain 64 – 90

Bulgaria – Turkey 87 – 101

Montenegro – Belgium 76 – 70

Classification: %VJGP pp pc

1. Spain 100 2 2 0 204 151

2. turkey 100 2 2 0 173 155

3. Montenegro 50 2 1 1 144 142

4. Belgium 50 2 1 1 149 152

5. Georgia 0 2 0 2 140 169

6. Bulgaria 0 2 0 2 174 215

– B Group

Hungary – Slovenia 88 – 103

Lithuania – France 73 – 77

Germany – Bosnia 92 – 82

Classification: %VJGP pp pc

1. Germany 100 2 2 0 168 145

2. Slovenia 100 2 2 0 195 173

3. Bosnia 50 2 1 1 177 177

4. France 50 2 1 1 140 149

5. Lithuania 0 2 0 2 158 169

6. hungary 0 2 0 2 173 198

– group C

Greece – Italy 85 – 81

Estonia – Ukraine 73 – 74

Great Britain – Croatia 65 – 86

Classification: %VJGP pp pc

1. Ukraine 100 2 2 0 164 134

2. Greece 100 2 2 0 174 166

3. Italy 50 2 1 1 164 147

4. croatia 50 2 1 1 171 154

5. Estonian 0 2 0 2 135 157

6. Great Britain 0 2 0 2 126 176

– group d

Netherlands – Israel 67 – 74

Czech Republic – Serbia 68 – 81

Finland – Poland 89 – 59

Classification: %VJGP pp pc

1. Serbian 100 2 2 0 181 144

2. Israel 100 2 2 0 163 154

3. Finland 50 2 1 1 176 148

4. poland 50 2 1 1 158 173

5. Czech Republic 0 2 0 2 152 180

6. netherlands 0 2 0 2 143 174

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