Spain dominate Germany and join France in the final

So it will be France – Spain! The two great rivals of European basketball in the 21st century will meet this Sunday in Berlin in the Eurobasket 2022 final. While France crushed Poland 95-54, La Roja fought to defeat hosts Germany in Berlin, winning 96-91. The two teams have not faced each other since the quarter-finals of Euro 2017 (won by Spain) and this meeting consisted of a series, with each team responding in turn. An even first quarter was won by La Roja 27-24 before the Spaniards led by nine points early in the second before Germany regained the lead thanks to a 14-0 run. At halftime, the score was 51:46 in favor of the home team. After the restart, the gap increased to +9 in favor of Denis Schroder and his men, but it was Spain who then went on a 10-0 run to take the points lead. Germany responded with a 14-0 run to find themselves at +10 (71-61) and eventually +6 at the end of the third quarter (71-65).

Scariolo changed everything

The Germans still led until 6:40 left (77-74) before losing the lead completely. The Spanish coach Sergio Scariolo really decided to change the tactics in defense, which paid off, the 13-0 score put the Spaniards in orbit for good. Germany went back to -3 at the money time, but La Roja didn’t panic and ended up winning by five points behind Lorenzo Brown’s 29 points and 6 assists. (30 points and 8 points for Denis Schroder, who should return to the German side of the Lakers). So it is Spain where Vincent Collet’s men will face off in Sunday’s final to try and claim their second European title. A team the Blues haven’t faced since the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021 (two Spanish wins). This team may not have as many megastars as it did during its years of dominance, but the new generation still has a winning culture. This is a finale that promises a lot!

EURO 2022 (H)
From September 1 to 18 in Germany, Italy, Georgia and the Czech Republic

Friday, September 16
Poland – France : 54-95
Germany – Spain : 91-96

Sunday, September 18
5:15 p.m.: Germany – Poland

Sunday, September 18
8:30 p.m.: France – Spain

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