Qualification for the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games achieved after the good victory against Japan, two rivals appeared on the horizon of the Argentine basketball team: it was France or Australia, two great teams that won their groups (A and B, respectively). Finally, The draw determined that the rival on August 3 (at 9 in our country) will be the oceanic.
Scola, in action against Japan. (Photo by Charlie NEIBERGALL / POOL / AFP)
Oveja Hernández, Luis Scola, Facundo Campazzo and the rest of the National Team have already written down the shirt that they will see in front of Tokyo. The Australians, owners of Group B winning all three of their games, they will be the rivals. The oceanic are a complete team, which for now left no doubts, and that will look for his first Olympic medal.
The last time Argentina faced Australia It was very recently, the July 11 in a friendly prior to the Games, where a triple by Patty Mills on the cicada gave the victory to the oceanic 87-84 In Las Vegas.
Mills against Campazzo, in a friendly in July, in the United States (afp).
There is a single antecedent in Olympic Games: it occurred in the group stage of Beijing 2008, with Argentine victory 85-68 en el Wukesong Indoor Stadium. Manu Ginóbili broke it, with 21 points and 7 assists, accompanied by the 8 rebounds that Chapu Nocioni dropped and great moments of Luis Scola (17 points). Luifa is the only one who will repeat action. That meeting 13 years ago had a certain Kobe Bryant in the stands …
The cap after the victory in the 2008 Games.
Another positive memory for the National Team against the oceanic was in the 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball final, with a 95-91 victory in Nanking, China. They are just statistical data that will not play on Tuesday in Tokyo, but that helps to take a little clean and jerk thinking about continuing to dream of something else.
The other quarter crosses
The quarterfinal bracket at the Games will have high-quality matches. For him In the same place that Argentina and Australia are, there is a clash of planets: the United States will face Spain (1.40 from here). In the other side, France vs. Italy (5.20) and Doncic’s Slovenia against Germany (at 22 on Monday). Eight selections for a dream and with three medals up for grabs.
The way of Australia
Australians started With an 84 to 67 over Nigeria, on the second date they beat Italy by a tight 86 to 83 and in the last game they beat Germany by 89 to 76.
Patty Mills is the figure of Australia and the San Antonio Spurs guard is not at all alone. He is accompanied by fellow basemen Nathan Sobey and Matthew Dellavedova, guards Dante Exum (Houston Rockets), Chris Goulding and Josh Green (Dallas Mavericks), forwards Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz) and Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers), wings Nicholas Kay and Duop Reath and centers Jock Landale and Aron Baynes (Toronto Raptors).
“This is us. We saw flashes of good play and we had long missed that good dynamics and confidence that the tournament itself gives. We did not do well against Slovenia, we did better against Spain and very well against Japan. We have another opportunity and now we want to take advantage of it ”.
“We have been playing a little better every day. The first game was weird and I notice that rising line. I have faith that this team is going to be difficult, I am confident that we are going to play a little better than today and we are going to have the chance to play an incredible match at the Olympics. “