Spain finished fifth in the U18 European Championships after winning their final game 92-85 against last year’s champions France.
It may not be the same as winning the gold but the hosts still celebrated the victory quite emphatically with their fans after the game, despite the obvious disappointment of missing out on a medal after only losing one game all tournament.
Fifth place in the tournament will be contested between France and hosts Spain, after they both won in big victories against Croatia and Turkey respectively.
France overcame Croatia 75-59 in one-sided but entertaining game, before Spain showed some often spectacular play in their big 84-64 win over Turkey.
In football in England there’s a tradition known as “Lads and Dads”, where amateur football teams are put together consisting of, as you may have guessed, kids and their fathers.
Should ever such a trend take hold in FIBA Europe competitions (unlikely, but still...) we could get a pretty good side together here at the UMCOR U18 European Championships in Madrid.
Spain overcame Croatia 89-78 in Group F and now await the result of the Serbia-Lithuania game this evening to learn their fate regarding qualification for the semi-finals.
Pablo Aguilar, Pere Tomas and Sergio De La Fuente all scored well again with 24, 20 and 16 points respectively, while Ricky Rubio had trouble finding his range, notching just three points all game but weighing in with an important seven steals.
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