SARAGOSSA. The Aragonese Ariadna Termis and Marina Mata won silver this Sunday in the U17 World Championship with the Spanish team, having completed a dream run throughout the tournament. Only the United States, already in the final (84-62), was able to stop a national team that, driven by the strength of the group, was knocking down obstacles with admirable determination until they ended up fighting against all odds for the world title.
Spain had two Aragonese representatives in the tournament, who also offered a high performance whenever they jumped on the track. Ariadna Termis, of the Segle XXI, turned 17 on July 7. She is a pivot of 1.97 meters tall with a notable incidence on both sides of the track. Together with Awa Fam, they form one of the most competitive couples in the World Cup. The player from Zaragoza finished the tournament with figures of 4.2 points, 5 rebounds and 7 PIR credits per game in 20 minutes of play. In the final he was part of the starting lineup and scored 2 goals and 3 rebounds in 17 minutes.
The pivot was trained in the lower categories of Stadium Casablanca, and in 2019 she chose to enroll in Segle XXI to be able to compete in Liga Femenina 2. In her last year, the Aragonese has billed 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 9.9 PIR credits per game, in an average of 23 minutes per game. He participated with the Catalans in 24 official duels. Despite his youth, Termis debuted in the silver category of Spanish basketball in the 2019-20 financial year, and since then his performance has been significantly increasing.
Marina Mata also belongs to the Segle XXI of Barcelona. The power forward, who turned 17 on January 7, competed in the Women’s League 2 last season with numbers of 6.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 7 PIR credits per crash in 17 minutes of play. Meanwhile, he ended his participation in the World Cup yesterday with records of 4.6 points, 4.3 sacks and a PIR of 7 in 9 minutes.
In this sense, Mata’s best performance came on July 12 against South Korea, in the match of the third day, which ended with a resounding victory of the national team (92-52). The Aragonese finished the contest with 19 PIR credits, based on 13 points, 11 rebounds and an assist in the quarter of an hour she remained on the court. She was designated the MVP of the match.
Two days earlier, against Egypt (86-48), Mata added 13 units of general note, in just 12 minutes, with 7 goals, 8 catches and a basket pass, evidencing again its numerous resources. Against Canada, in the opening match, his participation was reduced to six minutes, while he was left without playing against France (66-59), last Saturday, in the semifinal match. He did take the court against Mali, in the round of 32, in a duel that Spain ended up winning (62-56) due to his greater serenity and temperance in the heat of the moment, and he also played in the quarterfinals against Australia (51 -62). Against the United States, Mata once again shone brightly, by reaching 12 rating credits in 14 minutes of play. He had 8 points and 5 rebounds in the grand final.
In the competition, the leading role of Ariadna Termis has been greater, who was part of the starting five in five of the seven matches, including the duels in the semifinals and the final. She started the tournament with 4 points, 6 rebounds and an assist against Canada, in a balanced and exciting duel that Spain won (57-60) with a 15-9 run down the stretch. Later, against Egypt, the Aragonese center had 5 goals, 5 sacks and an assist in just over a quarter of an hour; and contributed 5 points and 7 rebounds in 12 minutes of play against Korea, in the game that closed the group stage. Later, he posted 13 PIRs against Mali, with 6 goals and 8 sacks in 21 minutes.
Later, in the quarterfinal tie, Termis also reached double digits of general note (10), having contributed to the team’s victory against Australia (51-62) with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 20 minutes. And in the semifinal game, the center contributed 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 22 minutes.
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