The U17 played a great game, but lost to Australia

For the second date of the U17 World Cup, Argentina played equal to equal to 2 in the FIBA ​​ranking despite falling 66-44 in a match that broke in the final. On Tuesday they will close the group against Slovenia.

The second test for the National Team in this Women’s U17 World Cup that takes place in Debrecen (Hungary) was Australia, 2 in the FIBA ​​ranking and a world power. A litter that was champion of the Asiabasket U16 last year, and both its history, its development and its sporting achievements are something already known. Argentina needed to change its face after yesterday’s defeat, and although it ended up being a 66-44 defeat, without a doubt the game played by the Albicelestes leaves very good feelings, for playing as equals against a rival of such quality. On Tuesday, on the last date of Group B of the tournament, the National Team will close the first phase by measuring itself against Slovenia.

The team led by Lali González improved its deployment compared to what it had in its debut. He covered the spaces better and, although the intensity at times made him dizzy, through his dynamics he was able to find points to throw good sensations. The level of Paula López (12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists) was key to giving order and effectiveness, as part of a team that also found good passages in the quality of Angelina Giacone (10 points plus 3 recoveries), the fight under the basket of Nerea Lagowski (8 points and 9 rebounds) and the intensity of Male Maggi (7 points), in addition to the intangibles of Alma Bourgarel, Dagmar Hentschel and Victoria Fontana.

As part of an interesting start, Argentina narrowly trailed (19-12) already showing greater concentration, with good defensive work and fighting every ball, which led to Australia failing. She maintained that same performance during the second set with some small gap in attack (31-21 at long break), having one of her best passages in a third episode in which she found a streak of points that placed her down for a moment by just eight (38-30), but the oceanic closed it better and in the last chapter they found the necessary effectiveness to escape. In any case, regardless of the result, the National Team played a great half hour of play and competed, proving to be up to the demands.

The numbers will also show that Argentina suffered from the size of the Australians in the rebound fight (60 to 43), but that record did not affect the performance of a team with a lot of vocation. Lali’s not only lowered their losses compared to the match against France (they went from 34 to just 17 today, half), but also on balance they made good attacking decisions and always bothered the rival from the physical game (Australia had 23 turnovers and 33% from the field, holding much of the game through free kicks).

Tomorrow, Monday, will be a rest day in the tournament, resuming the action on Tuesday when the National Team faces Slovenia on the third date in their zone. The action will start at 7:30 am in our country, in a match that will serve to find out the final placement within the group and thus know the opponent who will play in the round of 16 match (Wednesday). For now, today Argentina left a very good image against a power, ratified its conditions and maintains its evolutionary curve in development.

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