2016 U20 FIBA European Championship: Mussini finds approach to FT stripe, Sima flexes in 4th quarter
July 24, 2016 - garden totes
Federico Mussini and a Italians were not personification for a award on Saturday, though Yankuba Sima and Spain were looking to allege to Sunday’s 2016 U20 FIBA European Championship final.
Italy kicked off a day with an considerable payback opening opposite Czech Republic (who kick them progressing in a tournament), winning 81-66 in a satisfaction bracket. The Italians finished with 4 players in double figures, and they forced Czech Republic’s guards into unchanging turnovers with their extended vigour defense.
Mussini’s patrol will play Latvia in their final diversion of a contest on Sunday morning during 7 a.m. ET.
Meanwhile, Spain modernized to a final interjection to a 61-52 feat over Germany. Fernando Alonso scored 22 points for Spain, while Sima had an considerable fourth quarter.
Spain will face off on Sunday (2 p.m. ET) opposite a leader of a other semifinal between Turkey and Lithuania.
Finding his approach during a giveaway chuck stripe
In Italy’s initial match-up opposite Czech Republic, Mussini held glow in a fourth quarter, conflict all 4 of his threes to measure 12 of his 16 points in a final period. Mussini’s patrol mislaid that match-up, putting them over a 8 round in organisation play.
This time around, Mussini scored 10 points on 2-of-7 shooting, dished out dual assists, had dual steals and committed 3 turnovers in 24 mins of movement opposite Czech Republic.
The indicate ensure didn’t fire a round with high potency and done delayed decisions in pick-and-roll situations, though he was in conflict mode for a initial time in a whole tournament. Mussini was perspicacious a defense, anticipating a open male on a fringe and infrequently even holding a round all a approach to a edge to pull a foul. He shot 8 giveaway throws in a diversion (making 6 of them) and both of his done margin goals came in a embellished area.
While he usually finished with dual assists, a prominence of Mussini’s day was a pleasing transition alley-oop pass to Leonardo Tote mid-way by a 3rd entertain that extended Italy’s lead to 9 points.
Mussini’s ability to corral prolonged rebounds was also on display, as he grabbed 6 sum boards. The Italian is not many of a leaper (that is apparent each time he stairs on a court) and infrequently fails to get into his position defensively, though he never lacks a bid in 50-50 round situations and will contest for prolonged rebounds during a best of his ability.
Sima creates participation felt with dual large time plays
For a second true game, Sima was really ineffectual on a descent finish of a building (he finished with 6 points on 2-of-5 sharpened in 21 minutes). With Alonso carrying another browbeat performance, Sima was left to screen, miscarry and make plays on defense.
And he did only that, flexing his bravery on that finish of a justice during a many vicious time.
In a fourth quarter, Sima anchored Spain’s defense. He retard one shot during a rim, bodied adult a hostile bigs in Spain’s zone, and contested countless shots that resulted in misses from Germany. Sima did tainted out for a second time in a tournament, though his fifth tainted was picked adult when a diversion was all though over, and came after one of a biggest plays of a game.
In fact, Sima arguably contributed to a dual many essential plays on Saturday. The initial came off a Germany missed shot with 3:30 remaining. Sima grabbed a earthy defensive miscarry over dual Germans and a teammate, giving Spain possession to extend their lead.
Then with 2:04 remaining, Sima had a put behind finish over one defender that resulted in an tear from a dais and 8 indicate Spain lead. The diversion never got closer from that indicate on, as Marc Garcia and Alonso sealed out a diversion with Sima on a bench.
As shown final year during a college season, Sima has an descent diversion when given opportunities on a block. If he can continue to learn to urge plumb consistently, have trust in his left palm and supplement a mid-range jumper, he could be a really good dull actor in a years to come.