At the age of 40, the captain of the Argentine National Team is an entertainer with Varese in one of the most important championships in the world.
“The inmortal”. This is how the Italian newspaper nicknamed Luis Scola The Gazzetta dello Sport, marveling at the validity of the Argentine power forward. At age 40 and after 25 years of professional career, the captain of the national team is one of the great protagonists of the Italian Basketball League, one of the four most important in Europe, in which with five disputed dates is the top scorer.
Scola, your team leader Varese, promedia 22.4 points per game and outperforms some players with considerably less experience and years than him. The second in the list of scorers is the American David Logan (37 years old, Treviso), with an average of 19.8. And third, another American, D’Angelo Harrison (27 years old, Brindisi), who accumulates 19.5.
In the last game, which the Lombardy team, ninth in the table, lost 85-73 at home to Bologna (sixth), the porteño scored 23 points (4-7 doubles, 4-8 triples and 3-6 free) in 27 minutes and was the scorer of the match.
The Argentine captain had landed in Varese in July, a team with a lot of history in Italian basketball – it won ten league titles, four Italian Cups and one Super Cup, three Intercontinental Cups and five Euroleague – but today belongs to the second squad. . What’s more: this season, your main objective is to stay away from relegation risk. That reality presented itself as the ideal setting for Scola.
“It is nice for me to be in an important and glorious team like Varese and I do not hide that it is one of the reasons why I am here. I am in the final stage of my career, but I think this is the perfect place for me”, stated the player during his presentation.
After his passed by Milano, Luifa he was looking for a team that would allow him to compete at the high level, thinking about the possibility of playing the Tokyo Olympics next year, as he told Clarion, but at the same time, dose energy. And Varese offered him just that: play matches only on weekends, since he does not compete in the Euroleague and therefore have less attrition.
“Thinking about the Games, this situation has advantages compared to last year. The Euroleague made me play many games and have many trips, with few training sessions. In addition, the calendar was extended. Now I will not have it. week and I have the whole week to prepare and train. The situation is better on that side, although it must also be said that it is worse than before because I have one more year, “he reflected in an interview with the radio program Triangle & Dos a few months ago.
Scola is a natural competitor and despite the fact that the goals of his new team are not as ambitious as those of the powerful of the Italian league, cEvery time he goes out on the court, he delivers everything. Thus, at the start of the tournament he positioned himself as one of the prominent names in the offense.
In addition to being the highest scorer, with an effectiveness of 52.5 percent in doubles and 43 percent in triples, average per game 6.6 rebounds Y 1.6 robberies in 28 minutes and is the team leader on the court.
At 40, Scola looks stainless. Immortal, as he nicknamed it Gazette. And he is one of the great protagonists of the current season of the Italian league. His performances and his statistics excite Argentine fans, who already imagine him next year with the National Team shirt at the Tokyo Olympics.