Ricky Rubio brought out the MVP title that propelled Spain to the gold medal in the last World Cup in 2019 and with 23 points, 17 of them in the last four and a half minutes, he resolved the second friendly against France (79-87 ) preparatory for the Tokyo Olympics. When the Spanish team was having the worst, buffeted by the push of the French team and the pressure of the more than 9,000 spectators who supported it in the Bercy pavilion, Ricky assumed command and decided. It was a gale and a show. He was unstoppable and surrendered to the French team and even to a part of the public, who applauded him when Sergio Scariolo relieved him at the end of the appointment. By then, Ricky had already passed sentence with those 17 points that made the score go from 68-66 to 79-88.
The Spanish team made a good impression despite the loss of Pau Gasol and Abrines, who did not travel to Paris, and Juancho Hernangómez, who was injured in Friday’s game against the French in Malaga (86-77) and will not be able to play the Olympics. The Plaza de Juancho was occupied by Abalde. France recovered the contest from Gobert and Batum, absent in the first game, although they could not count on Heurtel, who is still injured. Spain dominated for several minutes with an advantage of up to 10 points (29-39).
France gave the pull in the third quarter when Gobert began to impose his law inside the area and the defensive pressure led to several chain errors by the Spanish team, with three offensive fouls by Brizuela, Alocén and Llull, which had to be add a Minorcan technique. France came back and went on to command 66-62. Willy was splendid in attack and Sergio Rodríguez gave the Spanish team a first acceleration. But it was Ricky who completely took over the stage in the last four and a half minutes, in which he set the pace and scored when and how he wanted. It was the penultimate friendly in preparation for Spain, which on July 18 will face the United States in Las Vegas in the last appointment prior to the Games.
France, 79; Spain, 87
France: Albicy (2), De Colo (9), Fournier (15), Yabusele (9), Fall (6) –start team-; Gobert (12), Batum (7), Ntilikina (19), Luwawu-Cabarrot (4), Poirier (2) and Cordinier (0).
Spain: Ricky Rubio (23), Rudy Fernández (3), Abalde (3), Claver (4) Marc Gasol (2) -starting team-; Sergio Rodríguez (13), Alocén (0), Llull (10), Garuba (0), Willy Hernangómez (16), Brizuela (11), López-Arostegui (0) and Oriola (2).
Partial: 20-23, 16-22, 21-14 and 22-28.
Referees: Viator, Castillo and Rosso.
Bercy de Paris. 9,214 spectators.
Spanish defeat in the women’s friendly
France beat Spain 80-75 in the friendly match in the women’s category that was also played in the Bercy pavilion three hours before the match between the men’s teams began. The Spanish team that had won over the French in Malaga on Friday 72-61, could not count on Ndour, Silvia Domínguez, Laura Gil and Ouviña. France dominated the entire match and came to dominate by 13 points (48-35). The triples of Alba Torrens, Cazorla and Conde allowed Spain to reduce the differences. They came within four points with 50 seconds to go and two with just 20 seconds (77-75), but the French team resolved in the last actions. France was much superior in the rebound, accurate in the triples (42%) and added 22 of 25 in free throws that contrasted with 6 of 12 of Spain.
It was the last friendly preparation for the Olympic Games of the team directed by Lucas Mondelo due to the suspension of those scheduled to play on July 20 and 22 against Belgium and China.
France, 80; Spain, 75
France: Fauthoux (15), Miyem (8), Johannes (5), Williams (17), Gruda (10) – starting team; Chartereau (5), Ciak (8), Michel (3), Vukosavljevic (7), Rupert (2), Pouye (0) and Tchatchouang (0).
Spain: Palau (4), Rodríguez (4), Torrens (22), Abalde (0), Carrera (5) -starting team-; Casas (6), Cazorla (17), Quevedo (2), Ginzo (6) and Conde (9).
Partial: 23-21, 28-19, 17-18 and 12-17.
Referees: Ortis, Dahra and Coanus.
Bercy of Paris. 6,134 spectators.
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