10 August 2012
Spain classified for the London Olympic Games basketball final after defeating Russia 67-59. Scariolo's team triumphed after turning the game around in the last two quarters, where the Real Madrid players' contribution was decisive. Rudy finished as Spain's third-highest scorer (11 points), while Llull (7 points and 4 rebounds), Reyes and Sergio Rodríguez also contributed to the victory.
The Spanish side started with their best quintet, which included Real Madrid player Rudy Fernández, but they couldn't find their stride at all in the first quarter. Neither the Spaniards nor the Russians were having much success with their shooting and there was constant turnover, which led to a 9-12 score with Russia up at the end of the first ten minutes. The second quarter was much the same for Spain. Not so for the Russians, who began extending their advantage with three-pointers thanks to an inspired Monya. Their effective outside play and Kaun's eight points put Spain down 20-31 at the close of the first half.
The third quarter began with a three-point shot from Rudy Fernández, which reflected the change in Spain's mentality and managed to break the psychological barrier of the ten point difference. The ball started to go in from the 6.75 line and thanks to the contributions of Rudy and Calderón, with 8 and 6 points respectively in this quarter, Spain levelled the score (46-46) with a three-pointer from the Extremaduran on the buzzer.
The last quarter started with two Real Madrid players in the quintet; Reyes, brilliant in defence, and Llull, on form in his two-point shots. With 9-0 scored by Spain as the final quarter progressed, they turned the game around and put 55-49 on the scoreboard, edging Scariolo's team closer to the final with five minutes to go. The final blow to the Russians came from Calderón who, infallible from the three point line, managed to maintain Spain's ten point advantage in the last minutes over the team led by Blatt. 67-59 and Spain goes through to the London Olympic Games final.