Spain Overpower Bulgaria To Stay Perfect

10 July 2013

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7. Jaime Fernandez (Spain)
Jaime Fernandez stood out for Spain with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists

Spain produced a powerful third-quarter performance that enabled them to shake off a gutsy Bulgaria 78-64 and register their second win in a row at the Sportland U20 European Championship.

The Iberian side are now tied with Latvia at the top of Group C with two victories each, while the Wednesday clash was Bulgaria's opening game in the tournament.

Spain were half a step ahead for most of the first half but Bulgaria employed successfully a zone defence to close down the lane, control the battle on the glass and prevent them from ever pulling away.

Daniel Diez made a lay-up right at the half-time buzzer to send Spain into the interval holding a 38-34 advantage, but not feeling really comfortable.

All that however changed in the third frame as Spain point guard Jaime Fernandez drilled three triples in quick succession to enable his side to take their first double-digit lead in the game.

La Roja extended the lead to 67-48 right after the start of the final frame, but the hard-nosed Bulgaria did not stop from trying to claw their way back and kept Spain on their toes until the end.

Fernandez directed Spanish offence masterfully and scored a game-high 21 points, also adding five rebounds and five assists; Alejandro Suarez and Diez chipped in with 13 points apiece, with Diez also adding five boards.

Pavlin Ivanov led all Bulgarian scorers with 15 points and Deyan Karamfilov added 10 points.

 


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