Pau Gasol Blocked During Olympic Game, Dario Saric Clinches Croatia Upset Win Against Spain

Pau Gasol Blocked During Olympic Game, Dario Saric Clinches Croatia Upset Win Against Spain
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For Croatia player Dario Saric, no shot is too high to get blocked, especially when a shot would have cost his team a win.


Spanish basketball star Pau Gasol learned the hard way that a great shot can still be blocked even when it is so close to the basket. It just so happened that Saric’s now infamous shot block happened just before the game expired, causing Spain to lose against Croatia in a 72 – 70 upset.

Having trailed by as much as 14 points earlier in the game, it did not seem that Croatia could rally their way to victory. However, the team executed brilliant plays during the final quarter to show the Spanish team that they can win. In fact, five of the team’s offensive rebounds happened during the game’s final quarter.

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According to a game report from FIBA, the turning point for Croatia happened when there was only a minute and 35 seconds left on the clock earlier in the game. Spain was ahead by two, but Darko Planinic managed to rebound Krunoslav Simon’s missed 3-pointer. He scored and teams were tied at 67-67.

Throughout the game, Bojan Bogdanovic helped propel the team’s momentum forward as he continuously scored. In the end, the Brooklyn Nets player finished the game with 23 points. Meanwhile, NBC Sports reports that Saric finished the game with five points, seven rebounds and five assists. Saric had been a former NBA lottery pick who will soon play for the Philadelphia 76ers.

As for Gasol, he scored 26 points for Spain. Prior to the game against Croatia, he tweeted, “First game against #Croatia. Let’s start it off right!”

It seems the Spanish team would have to work a little harder for their next game. Spain is scheduled to play against Brazil on Tuesday.

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