After putting up a strong performance against Team Canada, San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter had a tougher time playing against the Dominican Republic.
Brazil trailed 13-18 after the first quarter but quickly stepped on the gas in the second period, outscoring the Dominican Republic 28-12 and went into the locker room with a 41-30 lead.
However, the Dominic Republic came back strong in the third quarter behind some strong inside play from Jack Martinez and Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford.
Nonetheless, Brazil held a 52-46 lead heading into the final quarter, and hold on for a 70-64 victory over Dominican Republic.
Marcelo Huertas led Brazil with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists, Marcus Vieira added 15 points and three rebounds while Splitter chipped in just four points and five boards in 23 minutes of action for Brazil.
Splitter went 1-of-4 from the field and struggled from the foul line going 2-of-11.
Martinez had a game-high 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Dominican Republic, Horford had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists and Sacramento Kings’ Franciso Garcia had 11 points for the losing team.
Meanwhile, Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and Team Argentina returned into action and defeated Venezuela 77-73 at the legendary Luna Park stadium in their last friendly match in preparation for the Olympic qualifiers which will be played between August 30 and September 11 at Mar del Plata.
Luis Scola, Ginobili and Carlos Delfino made the difference for Argentina with Scola leading the team with 22 points.
Former Spur Fabricio Oberto did not play for the team due to injury.
Splitter and Brazil will face J.J. Barea and Puerto Rico on Friday.