Spain also wins without success

The new Spain of Miguel Méndez remains undefeated. The coach, who took over after the Tokyo Games, added in Vigo against Italy (55-44) his eleventh victory. The Selection, well planted in defense, broke the match in the third round with a 24-9 run and came to leave by 18 points at the beginning of the last one (47-31), enough difference to hold when the tap was closed (19/56 in shots).

Miguel Méndez gave some hints of what awaits us. The loss of Astou Ndour, who has resigned from Eurobasket for personal reasons, disrupts the game of Spain, with less inner potential. So it will not be unusual to see the National Team playing more open, with four small players and almost always two point guards on the take advantage of penetrations and speed in one against one.

Raquel Carrera, MVP of the LF Endesa final, closed the first quarter with 7 of the 13 points that Spain had scored, somewhat thick in attack. Without being able to run and with an Italy that did not allow penetrations, the Selection abused the outside shot and it was not the day either (0/9 in triples at halftime and 2/12 at the end). Even so, the power in the rebound in that first quarter gave oxygen to a team that, except for the initial 0-2, always took the initiative, although with some blackouts in attack. For example, He led by seven in the second period (21-14), but a basket stepped on by Zandalasini, made it 23-22 with which he reached the break. The Italian star, well watched by Maite Cazorla and Queralt Casas in the first quarter, had woken up in that second quarter (8 points).

With María Conde, called to be the great reference of this Selection, somewhat accelerated (1/8 in shots and -18 with her on the court), Spain managed to take off after the break. Maite Cazorla scored the first triple of the afternoon (the National Team had 0/10) and Ginzo, very active in the low post, put the +16 with which they entered the last quarter (47-31). The Cantabrian made the most of her minutes and finished with 10 points, while Laura Gil, very active as always in defense, showed that she is fully recovered.

Spain will close the Triangular de Vigo against China this Friday (20:00, Tdp). The Asian giant, world runner-up, beat Italy on Wednesday by just one point (63-62).

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