Sports writing, Jul 4 (EFE) .- The Brazilian team stayed at the gates of the Tokyo Olympic Games when they fell against Germany 75-64, in the final of the pre-Olympic in Split (Croatia), victim of a great performance from German center Moritz Wagner, who scored 28 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to qualify for his country.
The performance of the inside of the Orlando Magic of the NBA, well escorted by Johannes Voigtmann (8 points and 11 rebounds), the 13 points of Robin Benzing and by a Maodo Lo who without being in the fantastic version of the semifinal contributed 10 points and 5 assists, boosted a solid Germany that always led the way.
The German team came to detach from eleven points to 2.36 from the break (34-23), was equaled by Brazil just when they returned from the locker room (38-38) and again a short but constant advantage was built. He reached the last quarter with six rental points (52-46) and took advantage of a final Brazilian blackout to escape again (70-59) with two minutes remaining. The ticket was already yours.
Brazil, which had starred in a solid pre-Olympic qualification, easily beating Tunisia (57-83), beating host Croatia (94-67) and passing over Mexico in the semifinal (102-74), could not complete it, achieving the ticket to Tokyo 2020. They did not miss an Olympic event since Beijing 2008.
Anderson Varejao (14 points and 4 rebounds), Alex García (10 points), Vitor Benite and Bruno Caboclo (9 points and 5 rebounds each) were the best.
Germany is framed in Group B, along with Australia, Nigeria and a third rival who has to leave the final of the pre-Olympic in Belgrade played by Serbia and Italy, against whom they will play their first match on the 25th. The second will be against Nigeria on the 28th and the third against Australia, on the 31st.
– Data sheet:
75 – Germany (14 + 22 + 16 + 23): Lo (10), Obst (3), Giffey (8), Thiemann (2), Voigtmann (8) -the starting five-, Barthel (2), Benzing (13 ), Saibou (1), Wagner (28) and Wank.
64 – Brazil (17 + 17 + 12 + 18): Luz, Benite (9), García (10), Hettsheimeir (8), Caboclo (9) -the starting five-, Dias, Huertas (2), Mariano, Meindl ( 6), Santos (6) and Varejao (14).
Referees: Ademir Zurapovic (BIH), Matthwe Leigh Kallio (CAN) and Michael Weiland (CAN). Eliminated by five personal fouls the German Andreas Obst (min. 38) and the Brazilian Álex García (min. 36).
Incidents: final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifying tournament held at the Spaladium Arena in Split (Croatia).
(c) EFE Agency