Spain 78, Angola 75
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Spain beat Angola 78-75 Thursday to take ninth place in the men’s Olympic basketball tournament. The game was marred by kicking, elbows, shoves between assistant coaches and a bench-clearing incident.
″I think this was not basketball, but American football,″ Jean-Jacques Conceicao of Angola, one of those involved in the rough play, said through an interpreter.
To make sure everyone knew he meant football and not soccer, Conceicao moved his hand in front of his face and said ″mask″ while hunching his shoulders and growling.
The problems began early in the game when Angolan point guard Paulo Macedo was kicked by a Spanish player and had to leave. Angola coach Victorino Cunha said after the game Macedo’s right ankle was broken.
With 10 minutes to play, a push during a scramble for a loose ball turned into a standoff between players. While that went on, an assistant coach for each team got into a shoving match on the sidelines.
The real problems began with 1:03 left when Conceicao threw a flagrant elbow to the head of Spain’s Santiago Aldama. Both benches ran on the floor and punches were thrown, but none connected, although Conceicao’s jersey was ripped. The foul was his fifth of the game and matters seems settled until 11 seconds later.
Jose Guimares of Angola threw another elbow, this one to the head of Jose Arcega as he drove the lane. Again players pushed and grabbed each other in the final tangle of the game.
Each coach blamed the physical style on the other team.
Andres Jimenez led Spain (3-4) with 15 points, while Conceicao topped Angola (2-5) with 21.
Angola’s finish matches the best ever by an African team as the Central African Republic was 10th in 1988.