The Spanish men’s basketball team was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Tokyo Olympics after losing on Tuesday to the United States at the Tokyo Olympics. Saitama Super Arena (81-95) Despite the extraordinary Ricky Rubio (38 points), defeat it Concludes Historic Medal Series in Beijing, London and Rio Always in front of the “black beast”.
In the Saitama Super Arena, the same pavilion where they won their first World Cup in 15 years, Spain also played Defeat with the taste of the end of the age, It may be the last match of Pau Gasol’s career. Center and his brother Mark, the historic primary jump champions at All Star 2015, were left without a single point in this Olympic elimination.
the The bestial performance of Ricky Rubio, Certainly the best of his career with 38 points, a mark that no competitor against the United States has reached in Olympic history, hasn’t made it to a team that ran out of offensive arguments.
In fact, only six Spanish players managed to score against the United States, who won without excessive pressure with the leadership of Kevin Durant. The Brooklyn Nets star had 29 points, just one point lower than the London 2012 final where the Spanish hangman featured.
the defeat slovenia, seeded for the semi-finals, it ended up being expensive as expected, but Spain still left with their heads held high after a match He was winning at the end of the first quarter (21-19), that kept A tie in the first half (43-43) and where he was still alive at the beginning of the last quarter (63-69).
Ricky feels so lonely
Indeed, thanks to his extraordinary superiority in rebound (42-32) and good minutes Sergio Rodriguez (16) and Willie Hernangomez (10 and 10 rebounds), The best after Ricky, the world champion reached the 10-point maximum income in the second quarter (39-29, min 17).
The North American team woke up on time with Imperial Durant, who tied three times in chains to boost the 36-10 split that left his side’s 49-65 tie (min 26). In a flash of disciples Sergio Scarello They have seen their options disappear, though they have shown pride in closing the gap before the last quarter.
You don’t even need Greg Popovich Durant in this small moment of trouble as Damien Lillard and Jason Tatum appeared to clear any doubts (66-81, min 34) and put on track a comfortable finish for the three-time Olympic champion, who will be measured in the semi-finals with Australia or Argentina.
For its part, Spain is knocked out by the Games in the quarter-finals, a round in which it has not fallen since. Athens 2004, In the last match with Pau Gasol team. Now the question remains what the other veterans will do Like his brother Mark (36), Captain Rudy Fernandez (36), Sergio Rodriguez (35) or Sergio Lull (33) after this defeat with a smell Generations change.
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