Spanish U18 basketball team | Spain extends a brilliant summer with the U18 European title

Almansa fights for a rebound in the final against Turkey.

The Spanish U18 team gave new joy to Spanish basketball: the European title of the category, beating the host in the final that was played in Izmir Turkey (55-63). The base of the Barça Rafael Villar, author of 20 points, and the power forward Be Almansawho plays in the USA, at the Overtime Elite Academy in Atlanta, and closed the game with 14 points and 15 rebounds, were the most outstanding in the final of the team coached by Dani Goodwho thus completed an impeccable tournament, without a single defeat.

The victory in the U-18 European Championship is the third in the five finals that the Spanish youth teams have played this summer, European champions in the U-20s, both in the men’s and women’s categories, and runners-up in the world in the U-17s, also in the two categories.

Defensive work was once again the basis for the victory of the Spanish team, which had not conceded more than 60 points to any of its rivals until reaching the final and against Turkey, already in the final, conceded 68. From solvency of Almansachosen the MVP of the tournament, just as the MVP of the U17 World Cup was already chosen, and Eddy Pinedo, who imposed their domain in the area, Spain grew under the direction of Rafael Villar, especially inspired in attack, and always managed with advantages around ten points, without Turkey finding a way to put their victory in danger.



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