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Spain wins FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2022, beats France, Willy Hernangomez named MVP

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After an exciting tournament, Spain beat France 88-76 on Sunday to clinch the gold medal at FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2022. Toronto Raptors forward Juancho Hernangomez led the Spanish national team with 27 points and five rebounds, while his brother Willy Hernangomez of the New Orleans Pelicans had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Willie Hernangomez was named tournament MVP averaging 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. New York Knicks guard Evan Fournier led France with his 23 points and two assists, while Minnesota’s Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert added his six points and he added six rebounds. Ultimately, however, their output was not enough to bring France the gold medal.

“It’s hard to put into words how I feel. I’m proud of my teammates, the coaching staff and the whole Spanish federation,” said Hernangomez of Spain’s win. “We have grown and developed through this competition and we deserve this gold medal. , I’m so lucky to be around them. They trusted me from the beginning and I’m so grateful to be a part of this amazing team.”

The win is Spain’s fourth gold medal in EuroBasket history, all of these victories coming since 2009. Spain also won the tournament in 2009, 2011 and 2015. All four of these gold medals were also under a very happy head coach, Sergio Scagliolo. along with his team’s performance in this year’s tournament.

“It’s easy to be happy as a basketball coach. We took part in this championship where we were ranked 8th in the power rankings and were able to rise step by step,” Scagliolo said of his team. “We’re left with an incredible team – this last team is an incredible team full of top level players and all-stars – at this very high level of EuroBasket.” .

“I’m happy with the team,” added Scariolo. “It’s been a great trip. I’m so happy because I played great basketball. Not to mention generosity, and of course the human values ​​that fill your soul. We played great defense, played great offense. Sloppy offense, Led to a low scoring basketball team. Instead we excelled at playing basketball, sharing the ball, many assists, unselfish, good execution, perseverance when being patient, difficulties Overcoming tough moments.Not just as an individual, but as a team.I’m just happy as a coach.”

Spain currently has the third-most gold medals in EuroBasket’s history, behind only the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.

Here are the final standings for EuroBasket 2022:

1. Spain
2. France
3. Germany
4. Poland
5. Greece
6. Slovenia
7. Finland
8. Italy
9. Serbia
10. Turkey
11. Ukraine
12. Croatia
13. Montenegro
14. Belgium
15. Lithuania
16. Czech Republic
17. Israel
18. Bosnia and Herzegovina
19. Estonia
20. Bulgaria
21. Georgia
22. Holland
23. Hungary
24. United Kingdom