Spain bags FIBA World Cup 2019 crown

Spain secured its second FIBA World Cup crown after it demolished Argentina, 95-75, in their championship match on Sunday night in Beijing, China.

Ricky Rubio led the way for Spain with 20 points and was later adjudged as the tournament Most Valuable Player. Sergio Llull added 15 and Spain won another World Cup crown after winning it for the first time in 2006, an Associated Press report said.

Marc Gasol wound up with 14 markers as he became the second player to win an NBA title and a FIBA world gold medal in the same year. The other player to do it was Lamar Odom, who achieved the feat by a winning a title with the Los Angeles Lakers and USA Basketball in 2010.

Gasol also became the 19th to win either an NBA or WNBA crown along with a gold medal, either of the Olympic or World Cup variety, in the same year, the AP report added.

Rubio and Gasol led the Mythical Team, which also had Argentina’s Luis Scola, France’s Evan Fournier and Serbia’s Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Staff Report

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