In the land of Miguel Indurain, Scariolo's Spain pointed to Lithuania (78-70) the first stage of the tour of preparation for the World Cup in China that starts in 27 days. In the Navarra Arena of Pamplona, Willy Hernangómez (23 points and 9 rebounds) and Ricky Rubio (21 points, 4 steals and 3 assists) perfectly combined the large plate with the small pinion to gain pedaling inertia and give luster to a Optimistic premiere of the selection.
Ricky, Llull, Claver, Juancho and Willy formed the first quintet of Spain and, in an even staging, showed the first sketches of Scariolo's plan. Lekavicius and Maciulis were responsible for sustaining the pulse in Lithuania while, with the beginning of the rotations, the Spanish puzzle began to acquire a more experimental character without losing an apex of application. In the first 14 minutes 12 of the 14 summoned had already come into play (only Aguilar had no reel). Everyone complied.
Spain began filming without Marc Gasol (following a specific physical preparation) or Rudy (absent due to the death of one of his grandparents); and with limited minutes for Juancho. The rest of the arsenal soon forged the first demarrage coinciding with the return to the track of Ricky, author of 14 points in the first half and the first ornaments to delight the Navarrese parish (38-26, m. 18). In spite of its inferiority in the rebound, Spain took possession of the rhythm of the game and surpassed its rival in eagerness and concentration.
"In my head I already have the landlines, but until the Malaga tournament there will be no discards," said the coach who, fueling the competition, announced in the team's presentation that this year there were "more free chairs" than ever. By the configuration of the list, Marc, the brothers Hernangómez, Claver and Oriola are fixed inside, with which Aguilar and Diop are two of the candidates to be ‘cut’. While the other two would leave the triplet Beirán, Sastre and Rabaseda. Theories waiting to "create the chemistry" of the group as analyzed by Ricky Rubio. "Here we always have to modify our roles and adapt to what the coach asks us and to the needs of the national team," the Suns base developed before measuring itself to Lithuania. In the first stage nobody got off the squad.
After the break, Scariolo rehearsed a 3-2 zone in defense for a good stretch, with Claver leading the front line, while the Ricky-Willy connection continued to produce at a good pace. Between them they added 38 of the 58 points of his team at the end of the third quarter. Just Kuzminskas and Lekavicius kept up in Lithuania. With an extensive list of casualties (Valanciunas, Domantas Sabonis, Kalnietis, Jankunas and Seibutis), the set of Adomaitis stretched the rigor, but lacked repertoire to fight the triumph. With time to adjust the jersey, Spain won its first flying goal.