Spain wins FIBA EuroBasket 2022 with victory vs. France, Willy Hernangomez named MVP

September 19, 2022

After an thrilling event, Spain took house the gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2022 with a 88-76 victory over France on Sunday. Toronto Raptors ahead Juancho Hernangomez led the way in which for Spain with 27 factors and 5 rebounds, whereas his brother, Willy Hernangomez of the New Orleans Pelicans added 14 factors and eight rebounds of his personal. 

Willy Hernangomez was named the MVP of the event with averages 17.2 factors and 6.9 rebounds per recreation. New York Knicks guard Evan Fournier paced France with 23 factors and a pair of assists, whereas Minnesota Timberwolves middle Rudy Gobert added six factors and 6 rebounds. In the end although, their manufacturing simply wasn’t sufficient to carry house the gold for France. 

“It is arduous to clarify how I really feel with phrases. I’m very happy with my teammates, the teaching employees, the entire Spanish federation – from the highest to the underside,” Hernangomez mentioned of Spain’s victory. “We a lot deserve this gold medal, the way in which we grew and developed by means of the event. It was one thing superb. The belief that was contained in the locker room was one thing particular. I am simply so proud, so fortunate to be round these guys. As a result of they trusted me from the start. I am simply grateful to be a part of this superb group.”

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The victory was Spain’s fourth gold medal in EuroBasket historical past, with all of these victories coming since 2009. Spain additionally gained the event in 2009, 2011 and 2015. All 4 of these gold medals additionally got here underneath head coach Sergio Scariolo, who was very joyful together with his group’s efficiency on this yr’s event. 

“It is simple to be joyful as a basketball coach. We went into this championship ranked eighth within the energy rankings, and we managed to climb step-by-step,” Scariolo mentioned of his group. “We left behind unbelievable groups – this final one, an unimaginable group filled with prime stage gamers, all-stars — at this extraordinarily excessive stage EuroBasket. It is superb to see the ultimate standings and to see we’re above all these nice groups. 

“I’m joyful for the group,” Scariolo added. “It has been a terrific journey. I really feel so joyful as a result of we performed nice basketball — not to mention the generosity, the human values which after all replenish your soul. We performed nice protection, we performed nice offense. The constraints we’ve got may have led to a sloppy offense, a low-scoring basketball group. We had been as a substitute glorious in enjoying basketball, sharing the ball, a whole lot of assists, unselfishness, good execution, endurance when it was time to be affected person, to beat troublesome moments as a group, not simply as people. I’m simply joyful as a coach.”  

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Spain now has the third-most gold medal wins in EuroBasket historical past, behind solely the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia — two groups which are each now defunct. 

Here is a have a look at the ultimate standings for EuroBasket 2022: 

1. Spain
2. France
3. Germany
4. Poland
5. Greece
6. Slovenia
7. Finland
8. Italy
9. Serbia
10. Turkey
11. Ukraine
12. Croatia
13. Montenegro
14. Belgium
15. Lithuania
16. Czech Republic
17. Israel
18. Bosnia and Herzegovina
19. Estonia
20. Bulgaria
21. Georgia
22. Netherlands
23. Hungary
24. Nice Britain