Spain Puts on European Men’s Basketball Crown for Fourth Time

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After defeating France 88-76 in the Men’s EuroBasket 2022 championship game in Berlin, Germany, the national team of Spain won the European title for the fourth time, tricking all bettors who believed bookmakers with Android apps, who set rather high odds on their ultimate victory, putting the new titleholders into the position of outsiders in the gold medal meeting.

Juan Alberto Hernangómez “Juancho“ of the Toronto Raptors led the winners with 27 points on 7 of 9 from downtown. His brother Guillermo Gustavo Hernangómez “Willy“ of New Orleans Pelicans chipped in with 14 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Lorenzo Brown of Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv, the naturalized American player, led the way to ’La Roja’ with 14 points and 11 assists. Evan Fournier of the New York Knicks led all scorers with 23 points, even though he ended the match on the losing side of France. Guerschon Yabusele of Real Madrid scored 13 points and had 6 assists in the defeat of the ’Les Bleus’.

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The game’s first point came from a free shot made by Rudy Gobert, which ended up being France’s lone advantage in the encounter. With 3 free throws, Lorenzo Brown awarded Spain the lead, and a 9-2 run gave Spain an 18-7 advantage. After 10 minutes, Rudy Fernández’s 3-pointer increased the score to 23-14. In the first 5 minutes of the second half, Juancho Hernangómez made 5 three-pointers as Spain’s margin increased to 41-22 and their triumph was already visible somewhere on the horizon. The score in favor of ’La Roja’ reached its highest point of 47-26 on a layup by Willy Hernangómez before France completed the half on an 0-11 skid, with the final 5 points coming from Fournier to pull within 47-35 at the break.

Yabusele reduced the lead of his team’s rival to 49-46 as France maintained their pace in the second half. During the TO, Spain recovered, and Jaime Fernández quickly reestablished a double-digit lead to future champions of the ’Old Continent’. At the completion of the 3rd quarter, the score was 66-57 for Spain. With 4 minutes left, Brown and Juancho Hernangómez increased the lead to 75-63 as Sergio Scariolo’s guys hung on to win the gold event though France came as close as 68-61 prior to that exact moment.

Powered by Schröder, Hosts Germany Take Bronze Medal

By defeating Poland 82-69 for the bronze medal, the host country concluded the European Championship this year off on the right foot. Dennis Schröder of the L.A. Lakers shone for the victorious team and led all scorers with 26 points. Johannes Voigtmann, a power forward for EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, was also on a high level for ’Die Mannschaft’ with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists. Andreas Obst of FC Bayern Munich contributed 9 points. With 18 points, Michał Sokołowski of Universo Treviso Basket led Poland, while guard for Herbalife Gran Canaria, A.J. Slaughter, scored 10 points while dishing out 10 assists for ’The Eagles’.

Germany built a 34-20 lead with a 13-0 run in the 2nd quarter, and it stood at 36-23 at the break. Voigtmann came through with a 3, a block, and an assist during an 8-0 run that made it 73-65 with 3 minutes left to end the game. That followed Poland’s closing to within 5 at the end of the 3rd quarter and tying it at 59-59 in the 4th.

All-tournament line-up:
Willy Hernangómez (Spain)
Lorenzo Brown (Spain)
Rudy Gobert (France)
Dennis Schröder (Germany)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece)

Most Valuable Player:
Willy Hernangómez (Spain)

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