The Spanish men’s national wheelchair basketball team arrived back in Madrid at 5:30 AM local time following their fourth place finish at the Incheon, South Korea hosted IWBF men’s World Championships.
The team lost to Turkey in a closely fought consolation final on Sunday, that ended 68 – 63. Turkey only managed to put away a win in the final minutes of the game, with Spain behind by only by a point with 1:39 left in the fourth quarter.
Alejandro Zarzuela leaves as Spain’s leading scoring in the competition, putting up 119 points in 9 games. He ranked fifteenth amongst all scorers, and fourth amongst 2.5 point and 3 point players. Asier Garcia also cracked the top 20 in tournament scorers, putting up 107 points in 9 games.
Zarzuela and Garcia were of the best players in the competition, with Zarzuela cracking the top twenty amongst all players in other categories, including being the seventh leading scorer in two point shots, making 55 on 103 attempts. He was first in the tournament in number of steals with 23, four more than the next best player Iranian Vahid Ghalomazad who only played 8 games. He ranked 17th in the competition in number of rebounds with 58.
Garcia was eighth in the tournament for three point shots made, having made 6 in 21 attempts. He ranked third in the tournament for number of assists, with 47. With 16 steals, he ranked fourth overall in the competition. He was eleventh in number of rebounds with 66.
Alejandro’s twin brother and teammate Pablo Zarzuela ranked 15 in the competition for number of free throws made, going 13 for 18 at the line. He ranked eleventh in the competition for total number of steals with 13.
Juame Llambi finished the tournament ranked fourteenth in the competition for number of steals with 10.
The national team coach Oscar Trigo has given the team a break following the competition. Most of the team plays domestic wheelchair basketball in the La Liga División de Honor. They are scheduled to begin play in the first week of October. Last season, the Zarzuela both played for CD Fundosa ONCE, with national team teammates Rafael Muiño and Jaume Llambi. There were a number of last minute signings by teams going into the season start, and this may repeat itself for any players not currently under contract.