Georgia defeats Spain in basketball World Cup qualifiers

  • The result also saw Georgian officials congratulate the squad with the “historic win” in their reactions on social media. Photo: Georgian Basketball Federation.

Agenda.ge, 4 Jul 2022 - 22:52, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s national basketball team defeated the current world champion Spain in a qualifying match for the World Cup on Monday at the newly completed Sports Palace in capital Tbilisi. 

The Georgian team won 82:76 in overtime, prompting the International Basketball Federation to remark on Twitter by saying “Tbilisi was jumping as Georgia took down reigning world champs Spain in their brand new arena!”.

 

The result also saw Georgian and foreign officials congratulate the squad with the “historic win” in their reactions on social media.

Amazing match between Spain, the current world champion and my home country, and Georgia. Congratulations to my Georgian friends for a great victory," the NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Javier Colomina wrote on Twitter.

Giorgi Shermadini finished the game with 18 points, Rati Andronikashvili with 17 points, Thaddus McFadden with 16 points and Tornike Shengelia  with 12 points.

Georgia’s win came at the new sports complex that launched recently and was completed to host the FIBA Eurobasket competition group stage matches on September 1-7.

The 25,000-square-metre complex has a capacity of 10,000 spectators and has been built next to the New Tbilisi Sports Complex which opened in 2015.

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