#CourtsideStories with Connor Sports: Day 3 - Rest and Champion Play

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#WhereChampionsPlay - Senegal celebrates after victory

On Day 3 Bilbao and Gran Canaria rest, while games in Granada and Sevilla kept the world on its toes and allowed two countries to secure a spot in the next round and one showed what it truly embodied the meaning of #WhereChampionsPlay.


Day 3 Game Recap

Granada: When unbeaten Spain started against Brazil the world was watching, and the dreams of the host country were on the line. Spain quickly answered, leading Brazil the entire way and keeping the Spanish crowd roaring as they kept scoring point. Meanwhile Iran fell to Serbia in its third loss and France defeated Egypt. 

Sevilla: Greece's energy took the building by storm. As they secured their spot in the next round, they were methodical and focused throughout the game. A resilient Philippine national team fought to the end...no matter how much they were down, but Argentina and their packed house of fans, took the victory. The Championship story of the day was Senegal upsetting Croatia. Although it was only one game, the look on the faces of the Senegal players was priceless. Having not competed in World Cup level play in over two decades, the smile on player Dieng's face was similar to that of when he cut down the net above the Connor Sports NCAA Final Four Court a few years ago. 

Dieng shows #WhereChampionsPlayGreece stratagizes a win on the #OfficialCourt in the FIBA Basketball World Cup

Day 3 Rest Recap

While the teams in other cities were playing hard on the #OfficialCourt, our team was off entertaining guests and exploring the cities. 

Bilbao: Before their day began, Gary and Val went exploring the steps of Bilbao with a nice walk up to the top of the city. Nothing like exploring a little history while in Spain. 

Connor Sports Exploring Bilbao

Gran Canaria: Today we spent time with our friend Manuel Saenz, who is VP of the Mexican federation.  We enjoyed hearing about his career as a captain and point guard of the Mexican team for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and the Basketball World Championship in 1974, the last time Mexico was vying for the World Cup.  We have enjoyed his stories and the time we shared with him and our friend Luis.

Mexican National Basketball Team





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