Ricky subdues France with a majestic last quarter (79-87)

Spain He was facing the first game of his preparation for the Olympic Games after the hard blow that the injury on Thursday of Juancho Hernangómez, which will be left out of the Olympics. They were not Pau Gasol, whom Scariolo left in Spain resting, nor Alex Abrines, which drags some annoyances. France, on the contrary, was finally presented with its two most illustrious NBA, Rudy gobert Y Nicolas Batum. However, all this did not change the fortunes of the match two days ago in Malaga (86-77) and the Spanish team has once again prevailed against one of its main rivals of the last decade thanks to a Ricky Rubio in a state of grace. The El Masnou point guard decided to assume almost completely the responsibility in the final stretch and with 17 of the 21 points scored by Spain in the last four and a half minutes match he led the triumph of Sergio Scariolo’s team by 79-87.

The display of blond in those minutes of truth it was one of those that are not forgotten. The base of the Wolves had not had a particularly brilliant game until then but he burst in with all his talent and courage at the key moment, rendering useless all the previous work of the French team, which after the break had rebuilt from a weak first half to take the lead and seemed to be heading towards triumph supported by the inner power of Gobert and a few more than debatable arbitration decisions.

With the Gauls two points up with less than five minutes to go (68-66), blond he took possession of the ball and almost did not release it until the end. The Catalan base scored 13 points in a row of all colors to return dominance to Spain (73-79). And it could have been 15 of not clapping Claver the next shot of Ricky when it was about to enter. Desperate triples allowed France stay alive until the last minute but the Gauls could not go further before the waste of offensive resources of blond, including a triple from seven meters with a defender on top. El Masnou’s would finish with 23 points.

The victory did justice to the best match of Spain in general terms. The Gauls dominated from the start (17-8) but to which Spain adjusted its defense and stopped playing it all in triple the game changed completely. A partial of 19-37 allowed those of Scariolo retiring nine points up at halftime (36-45). The good inner work of Willy Hernangómez, the good direction of Ricky and the Chacho and a scoring streak of Brizuela they launched a Spain that benefited from Fournier’s anarchic game and the overly individualistic game of several of his companions.

On the break Vincent Collet he should have read the card to his players, who returned to the court much more intense in defense and more intelligent in attack, with balls inside a Gobert that did a lot of damage. The whistle concert of the referees, who signaled several offenses in attack and some technique to Spain, ended up changing the game and helped put the Gauls ahead (66-62 in the 34th minute).

But from there Ricky it erupted and swept everything in front of it.

79 – France (20 + 16 + 21 + 22): Yabusele (9), Albicy (2), De Colo (9), Fournier (15), Fall (6) -initial five- Nicolas Batum (7), Luwawu- Cabarrot (4), Poirier (2), Cordinier (-), Cornelie (-), Ntilikina (13), Gobert (12).

87 – Spain (23 + 22 + 14 + 28): Abalde (3) Ricky (23), Rudy (3), Claver (4), Marc Gasol (2) -the starting five-. Willy Hernangómez (16), Llull (10), Garuba (-) Sergio Rodríguez (13),, Brizuela (11), Oriola (2), López-Aróstegui (-), Alocén (-)

Referees: Eddy Viator, Yohan Rosso, Luis Miguel Castillo.

Incidents: friendly match in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. 9214 spectators.