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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, September 14, 2019 1:00 am

In The News

Argentina, Spain to play for title

BEIJING – Luis Scola was asked what Sunday will mean to him, and he didn't hesitate with the answer.

“Everything,” he said.

The veteran Argentinian forward didn't need to give more of an explanation. The World Cup is one win away, and Scola made sure his team would have a chance to hoist the trophy.

Scola scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, sealing the deal with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions down the stretch, and Argentina beat France 80-66 on Friday in a World Cup semifinal. Argentina will play Spain in the gold-medal game on Sunday.

No one on Spain's basketball team is looking past the final. Certainly not Marc Gasol, who scored 33 points to lead the Spanish over Australia 95-88 in double overtime on in the semifinals. Ricky Rubio scored 19 points and Sergio Llull added 17.

Gasol won the NBA title a few months ago with the Toronto Raptors.

– Associated Press