Spain stands up to the United States and yields at the end in the Carpena


The Spanish basketball team fell (88-98) to the United States this Sunday at the close of the FEB Centenary Tournament held at the Martín Carpena in Malaga, a duel of favorites for the imminent World Cup that the American giant stayed at the end.

Sergio Scariolo’s men, in their third preparation match for the title defense that begins on August 25, took another step forward despite the defeat. After the victories against Venezuela last week in Madrid and the one on Friday against Slovenia in Malaga, Spain continued with its good feelings.

Initially, Willy and Juancho Hernangómez claimed their NBA quality at the time of their return to Europe for the next season. Santi Aldama shone again, in his third match with the senior team, and Juan Núñez took another step forward to take responsibility for an orphaned direction of play from Ricky Rubio.

The United States did not give up and demanded 40 perfect minutes from Spain. The Americans, who want to recover the throne lost four years ago, found much more success than three and the scoring quality of Jalen Brunson, Paolo Banchero and Mikal Briges was the highlight of a victory that was decanted in the last minutes.