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Argentina was up to the task but lost in San Luis with Brazil

When you play like this, losing is sad, sure, but there should be nothing left for reproach. Argentina came out to play equal to the favorite (and highest) Brazil in the final of the South American San Luisand although they finished up three quarters, the Brazilians matched the last and closed better, 69-68, to recover the title.

is that Argentina he had beaten them in 2018 after a verdeamarela hegemony of 16 wins. It was 65-64 in Colombia with a free kick by Melisa Gretter with 2.7 seconds left for a celebration delayed 70 years…

This time the base of Madrid’s Estudiantes also had a free kick at the end, but it was for the last point and with only six tenths of a second to try an agonizing and saving basketwhich in the end did not happen because Agustina Burani was covered by that final shot.

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After all, the prize was already in the bag after the victory against Colombia in the semi, classification for next year’s Americup (with venue and dates to be defined)an initial step to dream of a very difficult qualification for the 2024 Paris Games.

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To count the game it is probably more accurate to start at the end. It is true that Argentina, from the start, supplied the lower height (clearly) with a defensive organization that did not need centimeters to win the rebounds but of a good positioning in the paint. The 20-15 of the first boy and the 31-23 at the long break gave the right to the team led by Gregorio Martínez.

However, against the Brazilians it is difficult to maintain a good level or keep them short during the 40 minutes. Thus, when the party began to enter hot minutes, the visitors began to get the best of themselves and turned it around in the third, 41-40 at 2m30. Likewise, the National Team finished in front, 47-46.

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In the fourth quarter it was already double to double, neither of the two teams being able to make wide differences. Not even with a preponderant figure (Andrea Boquete, Luciana Delabarba and Julieta Mungo they scored 12 goals each to be the national artillery), except for Paixao, scorer with 17 and responsible for the last double of her team.

In the last two minutes they reached 64-64; With 23 seconds to go, two Mungo free kicks brought the duel back to a par. However, in the last possession, Brazil spent all the time they had (also because of the good national defense) and the aforementioned Paixao, demanded and passed, scored twice the victory…

It seemed like a sealed victory because the clock showed that there was one tenth of a second left and the match was already 69-67. Nevertheless, they charged the Brazilian DT, Jose Neto, for having entered the field to celebrate. It was a free and substitution for Argentina. Those reported before, which did not reach…


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