Spain Start Strong Against Italy

18 July 2013


Nicola Akele (Italy), Agusti Sans (Spain)
Agusti Sans and Spain made a big statement in their opening game in Liepaja

Spain were able to ride a balanced scoring attack to register an 88-61 win against Italy in Liepaja on Thursday.

Led by 18 points from Juan Hernangomez, Spain shot 57% from the field as four players scored in double-digits.

Spain raced away to a perfect start by making eight of its first 10 field goal attempts and established a 17-4 lead on the back of a hot 10-point first quarter from Hernangomez.

Dominated throughout the game, a determined Italian side managed to cut the lead twice to within single digits in the second and third quarters, but 23 points from the Spanish bench and a commanding advantage in the paint and in transition ended any chance of an Italian comeback.

Hernangomez finished with a game-high 18 points and five rebounds. Agusti Sans chipped in 16 points, five rebounds and five assists while Alberto Abalde and Ilimane Diop scored 14 and 13 points respectively.

Tommaso Laquintana scored 16 points for Italy.



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