ZARAGOZA. The Aragonese Ariadna Termis and Marina Mata won silver this Sunday at the U17 World Championship with the Spanish team, after achieving a dream run throughout the tournament. Only the United States, already in the final (84-62), could stop a national team which, pushed by the strength of the group, overthrew the obstacles with admirable determination until they finally fought against the winds and tides for the world. Title.
Spain had two Aragonese representatives in the tournament, who also gave a high performance every time they jumped on the track. Ariadna Termis of Segle XXI turned 17 on July 7. It is a pivot of 1.97 meters with a significant impact on both sides of the track. Together with Awa Fam, they form one of the most competitive couples in the World Cup. The Zaragoza player 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 formed in the lower categories of Stadium Casablanca, and in 2019 she chose to register in Segle XXI to be able to compete in Liga Femenina 2. In her senior year, the Aragonese charged 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 9.9 PIR credits per game, averaging 23 minutes per game.. He took part with the Catalans in 24 official duels. Despite his youth, Termis made his debut in the silver category of Spanish basketball in the 2019-20 fiscal year, and since then he has increased his performance considerably.
Marina Mata also belongs to 21st century Barcelona. The power forward, who turned 17 on January 7, featured in Women’s League 2 last season with figures of 6.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 7 PIR credits per crash in 17 minutes of play. Meanwhile, his participation in the World Cup ended yesterday with records of 4.6 goals, 4.3 catches and a PIR of 7 in 9 minutes.
In this direction, Mata’s best performance came on July 12 against South Korea, in the match of the third day, which ended in a landslide victory for 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 hour she stayed on the court. She was named MVP of the game.
Two days earlier, against Egypt (86-48), Mata added 13 overall rating units, in just 12 minutes, with 7 goals, 8 catches and a basket pass, again highlighting its many resources. Against Canada, in the opening match, his participation was reduced to six minutes, while he did not play against France (66-59), last Saturday, in the semi-finals. He took the field against Mali, in the round of 16, in a duel that Spain ended up winning (62-56) because of his greater serenity and temperance in the heat of the moment, and he also played in the quarter-finals against Australia. (51 -62). Against the United States, Mata once again shone brightly, by reaching 12 rating credits in 14 minutes of play. He added 8 points and 5 rebounds in the Grand Finals.
In the competition, the leading role of Ariadna Termis has been more important, who has been in the top five in five of the seven matches, including the duels in the semi-finals and the final. He 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 series down the stretch. Later, against Egypt, the Aragonese center scored 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 against Korea in the game that closed the group stage. Later, he registered 13 PIRs against Mali, with 6 goals and 8 sacks in 21 minutes.
Later, in the quarter-finals, Termis also hit double digits in the overall rating (10), having contributed to the victory of the team against Australia (51-62) with 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 20 minutes. And in the semi-final game, the center contributed 2 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists in 22 minutes.