It could not be and Spain will not be able to defend their status as European basketball champion by playing the final of Eurobasket 2017. The Spanish team fell in their semi-final match and so is out of the final, surpassed by a selection of Slovenia that follows undefeated and that has already made history, as it ensures the medal they have never won.
There is no better way, to sum up the encounter between Slovenia and Spain than to point out the superiority of the rival. All the problems of Scariolo’s team (especially the outside shot) were more evident than ever before a Slovenia that was the most successful: over 50% of both shots and two shots. The result, 92-72, reflects the superiority of a Slovenia in which not only shines Goran Dragic, but Doncic and in this semifinal against Vidmar.
So things, Spain has no choice but to settle for the bronze medal, something they already did in the Eurobasket of 1991, 2001 and 2013. The match for third place will be played on Sunday, September 17 from of the 16:00 hours and the rival of the Spanish selection will be Russia.
And it is that Russia has fallen in the other semifinal before the selection of Serbia. The Balkans were favorites for their side of the picture but they did not all have them against a Russian team that had already won them during the first phase. In the end, and despite the scoring display of Alexey Shved (33 points), the Serbs won from eight: 89-78.
Of course, Bogdanovic was the key player in the victory of Serbia, after signing 24 points but mainly for appearing at key moments. After the Balkans escaped on the scoreboard and saw the final very close, Russia never lost face to the game and uncertainty lasted until the last moments of the fourth quarter, but this time did not culminate the comeback as against Greece because the escort Fenerbahçe always responded to keep his team ahead. In this way, Serbia will seek to win their first Eurobasket since 2001, their last victory even when the country was called Serbia and Montenegro.
The next champion from Europe, Serbia or Slovenia, we will know it from 20:30 hours on Sunday, September 17. The two games, both the final consolation and the final for gold.