Spain seeks in Huelva the ticket for the World Cup
Those of Scariolo receive the Netherlands with the aim of sealing their presence in the World Cup
MADRID, 13 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
The Spanish men's basketball team is looking for a win this Monday against the Netherlands at the Carolina Marín Sports Palace in Huelva (8:30 p.m./Teledeporte) that will allow it to seal its ticket to the 2023 World Cup in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia, a classification that would be math if Georgia also falls to Italy.
Precisely a tight victory in extra time against the transalpine team (84-88) set the pass on Friday for Sergio Scariolo's team, who relied on a sensational match by Lenovo Tenerife point guard Jaime Fernández (28 points) to break the tie in the head of Group L.
Now, the current European champions lead the standings with 13 points -six wins and only one loss- after seven games, with Italy with 12 units and Georgia and Iceland with 11. Thus, if they beat the Dutch and the Georgians on Monday they fall at home to the Italians, they would mathematically be in the World Cup.
To do this, they will have to "improve something" that they "didn't" do "very well" in the match in Pesaro, according to Scariolo, and "prepare a couple of details against the rival", who already put them "quite in trouble" in the game in the Netherlands despite the difference in the score (64-86).
Opposite they will run into a team that is bottom of the group, that has lost its seven games played and that absolutely nothing is at stake. Already eliminated from the race for the World Cup, the Dutch team lost again last Friday at home against Ukraine (77-96).
SPAIN: Jaime Fernández, Brizuela, Alberto Díaz, Joel Parra, Sáiz, Salvó, Guerrero, Barreiro, Yusta, Sima, Bassas and Núñez.
PAÍSES BAJOS: Franke, Keye Van der Vuurst de Vries, Construction worker, Dyers, Cooper, Collar, Boyd Van der Vuurst de Vries, Brandwijk, Van Bree, Schaftenaar, Kok y Kuta.
--PAVILLION: Carolina Marín Sports Palace.
--TIME: 8:30 p.m./Telesport.