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

After an interesting competition, Spain took house the gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2022 with a 88-76 success over France on Sunday. Toronto Raptors forward Juancho Hernangomez blazed a trail for Spain with 27 points and 5 rebounds, while his bro, Willy Hernangomez of the New Orleans Pelicans included 14 points and 8 rebounds of his own. 

Willy Hernangomez was called the MVP of the competition with averages 17.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per video game. New York Knicks guard Evan Fournier paced France with 23 points and a set of helps, while Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert included 6 points and 6 rebounds. Ultimately however, their production simply wasn’t enough to bring house the gold for France. 

“It’s hard to explain how I feel with words. I am very proud of my teammates, the coaching staff, the whole Spanish federation – from the top to the bottom,” Hernangomez stated of Spain’s success. “We much deserve this gold medal, the way we grew and developed through the tournament. It was something amazing. The trust that was inside the locker room was something special. I’m just so proud, so lucky to be around those guys. Because they trusted me from the beginning. I’m just thankful to be part of this amazing team.”

The success was Spain’s 4th gold medal in EuroBasket history, with all of those success coming given that 2009. Spain likewise won the competition in 2009, 2011 and 2015. All 4 of those gold medals likewise came under head coach Sergio Scariolo, who was extremely delighted with his group’s efficiency in this year’s competition. 

“It’s easy to be happy as a basketball coach. We went into this championship ranked eighth in the power rankings, and we managed to climb step by step,” Scariolo stated of his group. “We left incredible groups – this last one, an amazing group filled with leading level gamers, all-stars — at this exceptionally high level EuroBasket. It’s fantastic to see the last standings and to see we are above all those excellent groups. 

“I am happy for the team,” Scariolo included. “It’s been a great journey. I feel so happy because we played great basketball — let alone the generosity, the human values which of course fill up your soul. We played great defense, we played great offense. The limitations we have could have led to a sloppy offense, a low-scoring basketball team. We were instead excellent in playing basketball, sharing the ball, a lot of assists, unselfishness, good execution, patience when it was time to be patient, to overcome difficult moments as a team, not just as individuals. I am just happy as a coach.”  

Spain now has the third-most gold medal wins in EuroBasket history, behind just the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia — 2 groups that are both now defunct. 

Here’s a take a look at the last 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. Great Britain  

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