Spain won this Saturday Dominican Republic by 86-77 on the third day of the Ciudad de Granada Tournament in a match that has served the team coached by Sergio Scariolo to close the round of preparatory friendlies for the World Cup in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia that begins next week.
The Spanish team, which reserved due to knee hyperextension suffered by point guard Alberto Díazcame out of the game very strong and led by the success of Juan Núñez (10-2, m.3 with 8 points from the point guard), who was the best of the game.
Karl Townsdefended at the beginning by Santi Aldama and that he ended up expelled by two techniques, he made his team wake upwho replied with a 0-12 run in the midst of a scoring drought for Spain (10-14, m.6).
Dominican Republic, which brilliantly beat Canada on Friday (88-94) on the second day of the tournament, they remained ahead in the electronics with a happy and fluid attack until they ended up leading at the end of the first quarter (18-21), despite the good work of Usman Garuba with Spain.
The hostess, who lost to Canada after extra time (80-85) at the premiere in Granada, he played many minutes with Sergio Llull as a point guard due to the absence of Alberto Díaz. With him on court there were more penetrations, play near the basket and speed in transitions (22-25, m.13).
Despite the mistake in the shot, put one more point in defense allowed Spain to take the lead again (34-29, m.17 after consecutive triples by Juancho Hernangómez and Jaime Fernández), which led Néstor García, the Dominican coach, to stop the game.
The points of an inspired Juan Núñez allowed Spain, which in the second quarter used some zone defenses, to arrive with four points ahead at halftime (40-36).
The Dominican Republic came out of the locker room better (40-44, m.22 after a 0-8 run), well carried out by Andrés Feliz, against a Spain turned into a constant test bench by Scariolo.
Willy Hernangómez took the scoring baton in the national team (52-52, m.26), who with Jaime Fernández of ‘1’ managed to enter the last ten minutes of the game with an advantage thanks to three triples in a row, two by Álex Abrines and one on the horn by Joel Parra (68-60).
In the final quarter, Spain was able to stay ahead despite the attempts of a tough and feisty Dominican Republic. To this contributed the expulsion for two technical fouls of Karl Twons, the visiting star with eight minutes to go until the end of the match (74-63, m.33).
From there to the conclusion, exchange of baskets, more probations in Spain, Scariolo’s distribution of minutes and triumph without trouble of the national team in the last profitable test before the World Cup.
Spain, 86 (18+22+28+18): Núñez (16), Abrines (8), Aldama (6), Claver (2), Willy Hernangómez (9) -starting five- Llull (6), Garuba (7 ), Juancho Hernangómez (6), Jaime Fernández (6), Parra (11), Brizuela (6), Abalde (3).
Dominican Republic, 77 (21+15+24+17): Feliz (9), Liz (8), Quiñones (12), Vargas (4), Towns (17) -starting five- Mendoza (3), Montero (3 ), Delgado (7), Figueroa (3), Peña (5), Solano (0), Suero (0), Núñez (3).
Referees: Fernando Calatrava, Raúl Zamorano and Arnau Padrós. Karl Twons (m.32) was excluded by two techniques.
Incidents: Match corresponding to the City of Granada Tournament, preparatory to the World Cup in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia, played at the Palacio de los Deportes in Granada before 4,000 spectators.