The U18 team is already in the quarterfinals of the Eurobasket of the category that is being held in the Turkish city of Izmir. Spain crushed North Macedonia in the first of the matches (73-45). This Thursday will face Italy for a place in the semifinals. The team follows the route to the medals. It would be the fifth in a magical summer for the FEB. which has already experienced U17 world silvers in both women’s and men’s. Also two European golds in U20.
The Spanish team went over North Macedonia appealing again to a great defense, its great resource, and the one that never fails. In the four games played, they have received an average of only 48.5 points. Three of their rivals have not reached 50 and the top scorer is held by the host Turkey with 56.
Izan Almansa, the MVP of the U17 World Cup, was once again the player with the best statistics. He finished with 15 points and seven rebounds. Sediq Garuba and Jordi Fernández added 12 points apiece. But it was once again a solidary triumph with many players at a high level, even doing a dark job thanks to which the clash was put on the track at halftime (37-21).
Spain suffocated its rival in defense. He recovered 15 balls and made his rival lose 21, which translated into 24 points. He also largely dominated rebounding: 49-34, catching more offense (23) than the Macedonians in their own rim (22). The selection added another 24 points after a second chance. Figures that showed the dominance of a team that behaves like a roller and is still on the way to medals. This afternoon, Italy.