|Pablo Perez added 14 points in a well-running offensive performance by Spain|
Spain cruised to an 87-60 win over Russia to open their U16 European Championship Men Group A campaign in some style.
Spain had jumped out to an 18-3 lead inside the opening six minutes and only piled on the pain for Russia in a second quarter during which they outscored their opponents 29-9 to lead 51-22 at the break.
Xabier Lopez-Arosteguj poured in 19 points in 26 minutes on the court, 16 points in the first half alone, while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out four assists.
He was just one of five Spanish players to score in double figures - Santiago Yusta had 15 points with seven rebounds, while Pablo Perez scored 14, Sergi Garcia 12 and Samuel Rodriguez 10.
Spain exploded out of the starting blocks, scoring the first nine points unanswered and going 18-3 up on Yusta's lay-up with 4:22 to go in the first quarter.
Russia responded with a 9-3 spurt but go steamrollered again in the second quarter as Spain began to sink some three-pointers.
Russia clawed back at the deficit with a more encouraging third quarter which began with a 10-2 run, but Spain's advantage was far too big for them to be able to get back in the contest and as they tired late on, Spain began to pull clear once again.
Timofey Yakushin led Russia with 15 points while Fedor Shpakov and Ilya Karpenkov had 13 each, Karpenkov adding eight rebounds.