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The incombustible Iyana Martín

The incombustible Iyana Martín

The Sub-19 will go to the round of 16 of the World Cup in Madrid as the first group. A leadership that allows them to get away from the United States, the great ogre, until a hypothetical final and that has been obtained with two similar victories against Australia (83-68) and France (59-72). In both duels, Spain started with an overwhelming superiority and then, in the last minutes, felt the breath of its rival on the back of the neck: from 54-28 to 67-58 against the oceanic and from 21-44 to 53-60 against the galas.

This capacity for resistance is what makes us not give up and keep going both in attack and defense, and that is what will make us win screwed up games and other easier ones during this tournament”, he assures Iyana Martinbase of a National Team that this Tuesday closes the group stage against Argentina (20:45, YouTube FIBA).

The Asturian, 1.74 m tall, has been vital in the two U-19 wins with 16 points on the first day and 18 on the second for a average of 17, which places her as the top scorer of the national team and the 8th in the World Cup. It is also the most valued with 15 credits per match (Top-20 of the tournament). An outstanding contribution for a player who is making her debut with a generation, that of 2004, that is not hers: she and Awa Fam are the youngest of the group at 17 years old.

Iyana Martín, base of the Under-19 National Team, against France in the World Cup.Eduardo Candel ReviejoACE DAILY

She is a very quality player and she will help us a lot.”, assures Bernat Canut, national coach, about his pupil, whoPenas carried out three previous training sessions with his new team before the opening duel for Spain. And only six days after hanging the bronze, and being named part of the best quintet, in the European Under-18. One more medal after the continental and world silver medals harvested in 2022 with the Under-16 and Under-17, respectively.

A concatenation of parties and efforts that she leads naturally: “After the European I had a good recovery and they gave me a couple of days off, and now I’m on top of the championship”, underlines the Asturian, who has felt very welcome in the group from the first minute: “They have made it super easy for me, both the colleagues and the staff. I have been super comfortable and that makes me comfortable on the court and outside too”, points out a player destined to reign in Spanish basketball.

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