Spain Train Rolls Over Belarus

31 July 2009

Spanish coach Jose Hernandez left the Arena highly satisfied after watching another impressive performance by his team as they followed up their 17 point drubbing of Belgium by routing Belarus 83-38 in the second group game.

The play-caller was delighted with his teams efforts and they now take their perfect record into day three against Finland, a team that they know well and will have to respect according to Hernandez.

"The most difficult game was definitely against Belgium on the first day and we were able to win it but I think that Finland is a really good team and of course we must pass to the next phase."

"We played Finland recently in the Finland tournament and they do have some good shooters but also some good inside players and we will be prepared."

Having racked up winning margins of 17 and 45, Coach Hernandez isn't worrying I his team might need to show their class should a tight game suddenly appear on the horizon

"If we win big it is because we are doing a good job, we don't care about the opposition. We are not concerned about how many we win by and it if is a close game. The most important factor is always what we do as a team on the court."

After their disappointing performance against Finland in their opening game, Belarus certainly had a daunting task in facing a deep Spanish team and they were soon made aware of the size of the task that lay ahead.

Some great defensive work by Spain combined with a lack of offensive weapons meant that Belarus were held to a meagre three points in the first quarter as Spain quickly opened up a double figure advantage.

In fact it became a blitz during the second quarter and Belarus were outclassed with the exception of centre Maryna Ivashchanka who scored 13 of her teams 15 points at the half.

Spain meanwhile were in cruise control with their 38 points shared around although Itziar Llobet broke double figures thanks to a couple of treys.

The second half saw the Spanish pile on the agony for struggling Belarus with Llobet continuing her great form to finish with 19 points, as did the irrepressible Ivashchanka who continued to fight a lone battle for her team who now look to be heading to the Classification round.

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