Spanish will be spoken: Argentina and Spain will be the final of the Basketball World Cup
Argentina beat France (80-66) in the semifinals of the Basketball World Cup, this Friday, September 13 in Beijing, with a spectacular performance by its 39-year-old captain Luis Scola, author of 28 points, and will play for the title on Sunday 15 against Spain, which was imposed on Australia (95-88).
Undefeated in China-2019, including a resounding victory in the quarterfinals against Serbia, a big favorite for the title alongside the United States, Argentina assures the silver, which it already achieved in Indianapolis-2002, a prelude to the historic gold at the 2004 Athens Games. one step away from matching his world title in 1950, when he won as host in the inaugural edition of the tournament.
With NBA legends like Kobe Bryant, Chris Bosh and the Argentine icon Manu Ginobili in the stands, Scola, who currently plays in the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese league, paid tribute, remembering that he also belonged for a decade to the best world league.
As soon as the game was over, he ran away to give himself a long hug with Ginobili, his former teammate of battles in the national team. "That skinny one, the one in the photo, is an alien!", Wrote the former forward of the San Antonio Spurs on the social network Twitter, along with a photo of Scola.
The Argentine team, led with mastery by Facundo Campazzo, broke the game in the third quarter, taking the game to an unattainable level for France, which had already gone in tow in the first half.
After touching the sky when defeating the United States in quarters, the European team had a very hard return to reality. Evan Fournier, his best offensive argument, had a bad day, getting only one of his six triple attempts for a total of 16 points.
– Gobert, a shadow –
Nando Di Colo, the other outside star of the French, stayed at 11, while New York Knicks base Frank Ntilikina added 16.
In the Rudy Gobert painting, the ultimate weapon against the 'NBA Team', he lost the battle against Scola, who imposed his veterancy and reading the game. The survivor of the 'Golden Generation', which conquered the Olympic title 15 years ago, contributed 28 points, for only 3 of the Utah Jazz star center.
When France burned its last cartridges for trying to reach the South American team, Scola appeared again with two definitive triples in the final stretch of the match.
Campazzo joined the captain, who contributed 12 points, Gabriel Deck with 13, or Luca Vildoza, 10, leaving the bench.
France, able to go back to the United States on Wednesday, was not right from triple (7/31), but also showed lack of aggressiveness or fatigue, giving up the fight for the rebound (41-36) before an Argentine team that adds to his innate claw a colorful collective game.
On the last day of the World Cup, on Sunday in Beijing, France will play for bronze with Australia, prelude to the grand final Argentina-Spain.