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Spain thrash Argentina to clinch 2nd basketball WC title

Monday - September 16, 2019 8:56 am , Category : SPORTS
Beijing, Sep 16 (IANS) Spain's basketball men's national team won its second FIBA World Cup crown after overcoming Argentina 95-75 in the summit clash.
In the final held at the packed 18,000-seat Beijing's Wukesong Arena on Sunday, Spain relied on aggressive attacking play throughout the course of the game to end with a 20-point victory against its Argentine rival, reports Efe news.
It appeared to be a different Argentina team that showed up for the final; this was a team that appeared to be the opposite of the side that had put on outstanding performances over this year's World Cup campaign, such as victories against powerhouses Serbia and France.
Argentina's Gabriel Deck was the top scorer of the game with 24 points, but it was not enough for his team to be as competitive as expected before the match.
Ricky Rubio was the top scorer on the Spanish team, but Marc Gasol put on an outstanding performance -- 14 points, seven assists and seven rebounds -- all of which helped the squad emerge victorious.
Following the win Spain's royal family posted a message of congratulations on Twitter: "You have the courage of the champions! No one in the world plays basketball better than you!"

--IANS aak/in