06 August 2012
The Spanish national team were defeated by Brazil and came third in the group. Scariolo's team were ahead for three quarters, but 16-31 in the last quarter stopped them from winning. Pau Gasol performed the best out of the team with 25 points. Reyes (seven points), Rudy Fernández, Sergio Rodríguez and Sergio Llull played during the match.
Spain came out much more decisive than their rival by finishing second in the group. Pau Gasol made sure of this by ensuring the first eight minutes were sensational (18-11). The centre player took the limelight with 13 points and neither Splitter or Varejao were able to stop the inspiration of The Lakers. With Sergio Rodríguez leading and Navarro on a run, Spain breezed through the first quarter (26-17, min. 10).
The Brazilians really kicked into action in the second quarter. They were stronger than Spain in their moves and by forcing personal fouls together with free throws, they were able to recover and give the impression that they were interested in playing today (37-34, min. 17). Their rival, just as had happened in Russia during the previous game, relaxed and this excess confidence encouraged the South Americans. Ibaka's good inner work and his power to intimidate (two blocks in this period) enabled Spain to go to the break with the upper hand (44-39, min.20).
The national team resumed the sensation of the first quarter on the offensive and were led by brothers Gasol and Ibaka, who easily dominated the court and ensured Spain had the upper hand of around ten points half way through the quarter (62-53), min 26). However, the defence was not aggressive enough to stop the Brazilian team, although they didn't complicate things either (66-57, min.30).
The last stretch was played much more intensively by both teams. Both sought victory, forgetting about the possible consequences. The Brazilians increased the attack with Leandrinho going in from all positions. Two triple-pointers and a layup (23 points) put Brazil ahead for the first time in the match with four minutes to go (73-75). The rival defence had crushed Spain and that inertia condemned them. Brazil controlled the rebound, helped by so many mistakes by the Spanish team, and assured victory (82-88, min. 40).