September 23, 2019
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France out, Argentina to play Spain in Basketball World Cup final

Beijing, Sep 13 (efe-epa).- Argentina booked a place in the Basketball World Cup final in China on Friday after defeating France 80-66.

Argentina will play the final on Sunday at 20:00 local time, 12:00 GMT, against Spain, which beat Australia 95-88 earlier in the day.

The duel was characterized more by good defense than the attack, and both teams ended up with scores that were below the tournament’s average.

Argentina's Luis Scola extended his records with 28 points and 13 rebounds, and was once again the heart of the team.

The match began with Argentina’s well-known intensity and saw a minute pass before France's Frank Ntilikina opened scoring.

Scola ran the whole length of the court and scored in two consecutive attacks.

A three-pointer by Louis Labeyrie opened up France's scoring and Nando de Colo left the bench to bridge the gap (16-10 in the 17th minute).

At the end of the first quarter, France was once again in the game: 21-18.

In the second quarter, France kept pace and after two and a half minutes they were leading for the first time thanks to a dunk by Mathias Lessort after De Colo’s assist, reaching 23-24.

It did not last long as Argentina’s Marcos Delia fought under the hoop to score with an additional shot.

The Argentines were in luck again when Gabriel Deck scored after one of the counterattacks that have characterized the team's play during the championship.

In the 17th minute Deck limped off to the bench.

Campazzo scored a three-pointer on the buzzer, taking it to 39-32.

Vildoza scored three free throws after a foul and Albicy came back with a three-pointer.

In the 25th minute, the score was 52-38 and the South American side seemed to be enjoying themselves.

The shy attempts of the French to narrow the gap came up across an almost impenetrable defensive wall, with five Argentine players making it hard to score.

The third quarter closed on 60-48.

Scola kept widening the gap, with two three-pointers bagged three minutes from the end, earning him a standing ovation that was repeated at the end of the match: 80-66.

Argentina will thus take on Spain for gold in the final on Sunday at the Wukesong Pavilion in Beijing. EFE-EPA

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