Final in Berlin: Spain European Basketball Champion for the fourth time


Final in Berlin
Spain European Basketball Champion for the fourth time

Rudy Fernandez (M) and the Spaniards celebrate the European champion title.  Photo: Soeren Stache/dpa

Rudy Fernandez (M) and the Spaniards celebrate the European champion title. photo

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Spain's basketball players are European champions for the fourth time. Coach Sergio Scariolo's team defeated France, who came second at the Olympics, 88:76 (47:37) in the final in Berlin, crowning a strong tournament performance.

Spain's basketball players are European champions for the fourth time. Coach Sergio Scariolo's team defeated Olympic bronze medalists France in the final of Berlin with 88:76 (47:37) and thus crowned a strong tournament performance.

The world champion's best thrower was Juancho Hernangomez, who scored 27 points and converted six three-pointers in the first half. Willy Hernangomez (14) and Lorenzo Brown (14) also contributed to the world champion's success in front of 13,042 spectators in the arena, which was not sold out.

For Spain it was the first tournament after the era of the two Gasol brothers Marc and Pau. The two playmakers Ricky Rubio and Sergio Llull were also absent from the title fights with the finals in Berlin. The Iberians had previously won gold at the European Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2015. France's only European Championship title dates back to 2013.

This time the French stayed the same Olympia only second place in Tokyo 2021. Coach Vincent Collet's team, who were on the brink of being eliminated in the round of 16 against Turkey and in the quarter-finals against Italy, played below their potential, especially in the first half. NBA professional Rudy Gobert (six points, six rebounds) showed a weak game. The French's best pitcher was Evan Fournier with 23 points.

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