After a day’s rest and down 2 games from the previous rounds, Romania didn’t exactly expect to surprise anyone with a win against the current European Champions.
They did however surprise both themselves and the entire world when, 15 minutes into the game, they were only down 5 and actually finished the first quarter down by only one. They were also the first team so far in the tournament to lead Spain at any time, while briefly holding on to a 19 – 18 lead late in the first quarter.
Things, unfortunately returned to “normal” as the Romanian side began to show cracks in their system, lack of experience and mostly, lack of a genuine point guard, as Romania dropped the second and third quarters with 20 – 8 and then 29 – 8. A mild fourth quarter comeback from the Romanians did nothing to challenge the final result and, while they did show sparks of greatness, it seems Spain is indeed a very tough cookie to crack.
Vlad was backed up by more than 8000 fans in the crowd on his way to 15 points (60% 3P FGM), 6 rebounds and 3 assists, and was really (again) the only real threat Romania had for the duration of a match.
Romania now face a do or die game against Hungary tomorrow evening which will decide whether or not they still hold chances to qualify or not.