Spain men's national wheelchair basketball team
|Appearances||1992, 1996, 2012|
|Medals|| Silver: 1995
Bronze: 2011, 2013
Spain men's national wheelchair basketball team has represented Spain at the IWBF European Championships, IWBF World Championships and at the Paralympic Games. The team won a bronze at the 2013 European Championships. They finished fifth at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and sixth at the 1992 Summer Paralympics. Spain also has a men's national under-22 team and under-23 team. The under-23 team finished second at the 2009 Paris European Championships.
Since Oscar Trigo became head coach of the national team, there has been higher standards of player preparation, including formalizing training and nutrition. Trigo also made the role of national coach more important in player selection for the national squad.
The members of the men's and women's national team participated in the XVIII International Memorial Trophy Joan Palau Francàs in Barcelona in 2011.
Spain competed at the 2009 European Championships in Turkey. They played in the 7th-8th place match against Israel. Spain won the game 73-65 following a 35–31 halftime lead. Alejos led Spain in scoring with 19 points. Spain had 3 wins and 2 losses in group play. The team played the Netherlands in the 2009 edition, winning 69–57. The team was coached by Oscar Trigo during the competition.
In 2011, the team competed at the Israel hosted International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) European Championships. The competition was a Paralympic qualifying event, with a fifth place or better finish qualifying the team for the 2012 Summer Paralympics. The team played France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Poland in pool play. They lost to the Netherlands 69–47, to Germany 61–81, and to France 72–62. They beat Poland 47–64, and Sweden 65–54. Then they lost to Italy 50–58, lost to Germany 77–70, and defeated Poland 71–65.
At at the 2013 European Championships, Spain defeated Sweden 60–54, Israel 75–57, France 56–40, and Poland 63–45 in pool play. They lost to Turkey 63–49. In the quarterfinals, they defeated Italy 65–56. In the semi-finals, they lost to Great Britain 72–69. They defeated Sweden to win the bronze by a score of 65–56. Asier Garcia Pereiro led the team in scoring in the game against Sweden with 19 points, rebounds with 8 and had 4 assists. In doing so, the team secured a berth at the 2014 World Championships. Members of the team included Alejandro Zarzuela Beltran, Paul Zarzuela, Asier Garcia Pereiro, Francisco Sánchez Lara, Jordi Ruiz, Francisco José Sánchez, Roberto Mena, Asier García, and David Mouriz. They were coached by Oscar Trigo.
The team competed in wheelchair basketball at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London. In London, the team was coached by Oscar Trigo. It was the first time the Spanish national team had qualified for the Paralympics in 16 years. The team finished fifth. This was the best finish the team had in their Paralympic history. While Alejandro Zarzuela Beltran was on the Paralympic roster, his twin brother Pablo Jesús Zarzuela Beltran was unable to play as a result of having an ulcer.
In pool play, they were grouped with Italy, South Africa, Australia, Turkey and the United States. Their first game was against Italy. Their second was against South Africa. Their third game was against Australia. Their fourth game was against Turkey. Their final game of pool play was against the United States.
- Group Stage
30 August 2012
|Scoring by quarter: 19–12, 20–14, 14–8, 14–6|
|Pts: De Paz Pazo 18
Rebs: Garcia Moreno 11
Asts: De Paz Pazo, Muiño Gamez 5
|Pts: Raimondi, Cavagnini 8
Rebs: Cavagnini 7
Asts: Raimondi, Moukhariq 3
31 August 2012
|Scoring by quarter: 11–21, 13–20, 9–19, 17–14|
|Pts: Jellows, Nortje 11
Rebs: Nortje 9
Asts: Papenfus 5
|Pts: Zarzuela Beltrán 24
Rebs: Zarzuela Beltrán 6
Asts: Muiño Gamez 7
1 September 2012
|Scoring by quarter: 20–15, 24–12, 16–23, 15–9|
|Pts: Norris 25
Rebs: Eveson, Latham 8
Asts: Eveson 7
|Pts: García Pereiro 23
Rebs: García Pereiro 6
Asts: De Paz Pazo, Muiño Gámez 5
2 September 2012
|Scoring by quarter: 13–14, 14–16, 21–13, 19–21|
|Pts: De Paz Pazo 19
Rebs: De Paz Pazo, Zarzuela Beltrán 7
Asts: de Paz Pazo 8
|Pts: Gürbulak 18
Rebs: Gürbulak 9
Asts: Gürbulak 4
3 September 2012
|Scoring by quarter: 15–14, 19–10, 16–15, 13–16|
|Pts: Nelms 21
Rebs: Jenifer 9
Asts: three players 5
|Pts: Muiño Gámez 15
Rebs: Romero Martín 7
Asts: De Paz Pazo 5
5 September 2012
|Scoring by quarter: 25–12, 18–13, 14–16, 20–10|
|Pts: Anderson 16
Rebs: Anderson 14
Asts: Durepos, Anderson 6
|Pts: García Moreno 16
Rebs: Zarzuela Beltrán 6
Asts: García Moreno 5
- Classification round
|5th–8th place semi-finals||5th/6th place match|
|7th/8th place match|
- 5th–8th place semi-finals
7 September 2012
|Scoring by quarter: 21–18, 16–22, 12–12, 19–16, OT: 10–18|
|Pts: Gürbulak, Gümüş 24
Rebs: Gümüş 9
Asts: Gürbulak 9
|Pts: De Paz Pazo 24
Rebs: De Paz Pazo 12
Asts: García Pereiro 10
- 5th/6th place match
8 September 2012
|Scoring by quarter: 9–10, 14–16, 12–18, 13–23|
|Pts: Bienek 14
Rebs: Bienek 5
Asts: Wolk 10
|Pts: De Paz Pazo 17
Rebs: De Paz Pazo 6
Asts: De Paz Pazo 9
Spain also has a men's national under-22 team. At the 2010 European Championships, Spain lost to Germany in pool play 11-65, France 40-32, and Italy 18-37. In the quarterfinals, they lost to Great Britain 66-12. In the semifinals, they lost to Italy 36-46. In the 7th-8th place match, they lost to France 62-30. They competed at the 2012 European Championships, where they lost to Turkey 91-23, lost to Sweden 77-25, and lost to France 52-46 in group play. Playing Germany in the quarterfinals, Spain lost 76-21. In the semifinals, they lost to Italy 68-35. In the 7th-8th place match, they lost to the Netherlands 37-32.
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