FIBA World cup champions, Spain, celebrated their title in central Madrid on Monday (September 16) with thousands of fans after defeating Argentina 95-75 on Sunday (September 15).
The Spaniards completed a stunning campaign for a squad considered by many to be outsiders when the 32-team tournament began, taking the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time since 2006.
The Spaniards scored first and never relinquished the lead, relying on swarming interior defence and superior rebounding to snuff out the offensive threat of the 2004 Olympic champions.
It was the second FIBA basketball World Cup title for the Spaniards which they clinched at the expense of Argentina beating them 95-75 in the gold medal game at the Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Sunday.
“We made history, and we were ready for that. We had a great tournament. We had to fight for this one,” Rubio said.“It’s just amazing how the whole tournament has been for us as a team,” Rubio said. “We weren’t the biggest or most talented team, but we were the team with the biggest heart.”