Monday, December 4, 2023

Guillermo del Pino and Rubén Salazar will play the quarterfinals of the European sub-16

He Unicaja could once again have two homegrown players in the fight for international medals. Women’s Under-19 World Cup, Men’s Under-18 European Championship and now… Men’s Under-16 European Championship? The Spain of Guillermo del Pino and Ruben Salazar they swept this Wednesday against Latvia (100-48) and are already preparing to face the quarterfinals this Thursday against Slovenia in the event hosted by Macedonia.

Little more than 5 minutes were enough for the national team to sentence the round of 16 match. Faced with an opponent without shooting success and without excessive rebounding capacity -which arrived with three defeats in the first phase-, Xavier Albert Peralta’s men led the way in a splendid first half that had as its high point the second quarter and a 24-4 run. From there, little else to do and, even more important, a lot to rotate to balance the loads for the next day.

the cordovan William of the Pinowith more and more confidence in his shot, returned to leave 13 points and 4 assists in 15.53 minutes. In a brand new game due to his success in shooting to the basket and due to the rotation of the squad, he saw his presence affected by the early three fouls. For his part, the man from Malaga Ruben Salazarwith much more prominence on the track than on other occasions, contributed 4 points.

So this Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m., Spain has a new opportunity to sneak into the fight for the medals and to do it with two Unicaja youth players.


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