España y Argentina disputarán la final / Argentina moves to World Cup final, tops France 80-66

La selección de baloncesto de Argentina se impuso este viernes a su similar de Francia con un resultado de 80-66, con este triunfo los argentinos acceden a las finales del campeonato mundial  FIBA China 2019.

Los dirigidos por Sergio Hernández, se medirán este domingo contra el seleccionado español en el estadio Wukesong de Pekín.

Luis Scola con 28 puntos, 13 asistencias y 2 rebotes

Con un Luis Scola «gigante», el quinteto argentino llevó un partido de ofensiva certera y  gran defensa, los «che» dominaron todos los cuartos del partido (21-18, 18-14, 21-16, 20-18).

Por los albicelestes destacó el «eterno» Luis Scola con 28 puntos, 13 asistencias y 2 rebotes. Acompañado también de un Facundo Campazzo polivalente, quien aportó 12 unidades con 7 asistencias y 6 rebotes.

Por su parte Evan Fournier finalizó por los «galos» con 16 tantos, 2 asistencias y 2 rebotes.

Francia jugará el domingo a primera hora el partido por el tercer puesto contra Australia.

En el partido de primera hora la selección española de baloncesto se clasificó para la final del mundial de China tras derrotar, en un duro partido que se resolvió tras dos prórrogas, a una combativa Australia por 95-88.

Trece años después del triunfo en Japón, el pívot de los Toronto Raptors Marc Gasol -uno de los dos supervivientes de ese equipo junto a Rudy Fernández- ejerció de líder cuando sus compañeros más lo necesitaban, bien secundado por Sergio Llull y Ricky Rubio.

Por el conjunto ibérico, Marc Gasol destacó en partido «gigante» con 33 puntos, 6 rebotes y 4 asistencias.

Por el lado australiano el base de los San Antonio Spurs Patty Mills, finalizó con 34 unidades, 3 rebotes y 2 asistencias.

Cortesía: Unión Radio

ENGLISH

BEIJING (AP) — Luis Scola scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and Argentina is heading to its first gold-medal game in 15 years after beating France 80-66 on Friday in a World Cup semifinal.

Scola finished it in style, hitting a pair of consecutive 3-pointers late in the fourth to push Argentina’s lead to 15. Facundo Campazzo scored 12 for Argentina, which will play Spain for the World Cup title on Sunday night.

It’s the first gold-medal game for Argentina since the 2004 Olympics, and its first World Cup final appearance since 2002. Argentina – a team with no active NBA players on its roster – will be bidding for its second title, after winning the inaugural world championship in 1950.

Frank Ntilikina and Evan Fournier each scored 16 for France, which will play Australia for the bronze on Sunday. Nando De Colo scored 11 for France, a team that looked nothing like the one that topped the U.S. in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Rudy Gobert, who led France in that win over the Americans, scored only three points against Argentina.

Spain beats Australia 95-88 in 2OT to reach World Cup final

BEIJING (AP) — No one on Spain’s basketball team is looking past Sunday’s World Cup final.

Certainly not Marc Gasol, who scored 33 points to lead the Spanish over Australia 95-88 in double overtime on Friday in the semifinals. Ricky Rubio scored 19 points and Sergio Llull added 17.

Spain will next face Argentina, which defeated France 80-66 in the other semifinal game.

Gasol won the NBA title a few months ago with the Toronto Raptors. And now he can do the double by winning with Spain, which won this title 13 years ago when it was called the world championship.

What would gold mean?

“Let’s talk about it Sunday,” replied Gasol, who played on the 2006 team with his brother Pau and current team member Rudy Fernandez. “Let’s see how it goes. I don’t want to lose a second thinking of what would be, what it would mean for us.”

He said his attention is on detail and preparing. Not celebrating. Not yet.

“Whenever the game is over, life will go on either way,” he said.

It was two 3-point shots by Llull in the second overtime that pushed Spain to one of its largest leads of the game after trailing much of the time.

Patty Mills scored 34 to lead Australia with Nic Kay adding 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Australia will try again for a bronze medal in a major men’s basketball championship. The Boomers are 0-4 in third-place games in the Olympics — including three years ago in Rio de Janeiro — and had never reached the semifinals of the World Cup.