Argentina beats Brazil for FIBA Americas crown

In their quarterfinal match against Argentina, San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil came out victorious.

With both teams already earning spots in the 2012 London Olympics, the game was mostly for pride, but there is more at stake — the FIBA Americas Crown.

Luis Scola and Argentina got their revenge against Splitter and Brazil, then won the 2011 FIBA Americas crown. (Photo via ESPN)

With the title on the line, and revenge on their minds, Argentina started the game with a statement.

They stormed out early outscoring Brazil 21-9 in the opening period behind Luis Scola’s inside game. In the second quarter, Brazil tried to make their way back to the ball game and were within 22-25 on a Marcus Vinicius jumper midway in the period.

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Splitter, Brazil gets revenge against Dominican Republic; earned Olympic berth

San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil defeats the Dominican Republic 83-76 at their FIBA Americas semifinals match and earned a ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.

Spurs' Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil punched their ticket to the 2012 London Olympics.

Being the only team to beat Brazil in tournament heading into the semifinals, the Dominican Republic looked confident as they battled the Brazilians toe-to-toe.

The Brazilian nationals raced out to a 9-4 run to start the first quarter but the Dominican Republic fought back and tied the game at 17 with just three seconds remaining in the period before Jack Martinez fouled Rafael Hettsheimeir, who made 1-of-2 foul shots to give Brazil a one-point lead after the opening period.

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Splitter, Brazil handed Argentina’s first loss at FIBA Americas

San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and Team Argentina, and Tiago Splitter’s Brazil had a long list of international battles.

Both teams were equally matched and consider themselves biggest rivals.

Even with not much at stake, other than positioning in the next round, Argentina and Brazil lived up to the hype.

Tiago Splitter and Brazil handed Argentina's first loss in the FIBA Americas Championship. (Photo via ESPN)

Brazil took the first quarter 19-17, before Argentina countered in a low-scoring second quarter, which Argentina won, 11-8 as they held a 28-27 lead at halftime.

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Biggest rivals, Argentina and Brazil to meet at FIBA Americas quarter final match

San Antonio Spurs teammates Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter will battle it out later today as Argentina and Brazil meet at the FIBA Americas Championship tournament.

Over the past years, they have equally split wins in their last four continental clashes.

Both teams have already secured a semifinal spot but will be competing for a better position in the final standings.

Argentina remain unbeaten in the tournament after six games, while Brazil only lost to the Dominican Republic.

Argentina and Brazil have played four times in the last three FIBA Americas tournament, including a qualifying match for the 2008 Olympic Games.

In 2005, they faced each other on the final game, even though Argentina was already qualified to the 2006 World Championships as the Athens 2004 Gold Medal winners.

Brazil prevailed 100-88 thanks to an extraordinary performance from Tiago Splitter, who had 25 points and seven rebounds.

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Splitter, Brazil thumped Panama; marched to second win in quarter finals

After trashing Uruguay at the FIBA Americas quarter finals opener, Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil went to work early against Panama to claim their second straight victory in the quarter final round.

Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil are 2-0 in the FIBA Americas quarter final round.

Brazil built a seven point lead after the opening period and then stretch their advantage to 44-28 over Panama at the break.

At the start of the second half, the Brazilians kept the pressure beating Panama in the third quarter, 26-18 and entered the fourth quarter with a 70-46 lead.

Panama were simply overmatched in the game and ended up losing 65-90 against Brazil.

With the game already in the bag early, and perhaps in preparation for the game against Argentina,  Brazil’s head coach Ruben Magnano decided to watch the minutes of his starters and were able field in all his players in the game.

Point guard Marcelo Huertas is the only starter to play more than 20 minutes for Brazil, the rest just saw at least 17 minutes of playing time.

Guilherme Giovannoni led Brazil with 17 points, while Splitter had three points, three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 17 minutes of action.

Danilo Pinnock had a game-high 20 points for Panama.

Splitter and Team Brazil will have a tough test tomorrow as they go up against Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili and Argentina at 18:00 (GMT -3) in Mar del Plata.

Splitter, Huertas leads Brazil to victory over Joseph, Canada

After a strong performance in Brazil’s win over Venezuela, San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter had a off night offensively against his future Spurs teammate Cory Joseph and Team Canada.

Without much star power, the Canadian national team started the game strong on their debut at the FIBA Americas Championship, and finished the first quarter up by five, 17-12.

However, Team Brazil answered right back, taking the second quarter 21-11 and went into the locker room with 33-28 advantage.

Canada kept the game close winning the third quarter 18-14 to cut their deficit to just a point 46-47 heading into the final 10 minutes of the game.

Nonetheless, with Marcelo Huertas providing the offense and the Brazilian’s clamping down on defense, Joseph and Team Canada lost composure as Brazil went on a 15-0 run and led by 12 points with 3:21 remaining in the game.

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Splitter’s double-double leads Brazil sneak past Venezuela

San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil got off to a good start on the opening day of the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Tiago Splitter leads Brazil to victory over Venezuela.

It was a close first half, as Venezuela took a 26-25 lead after the first quarter and extended their advantage over Brazil 44-39 at the break.

But Brazil kept fighting throughout the game winning the third quarter 27-25 to cut the deficit to 69-66 entering the final period.

In the final canto, the Brazilian national team relied on a balanced offensive attack to outscore Venezuela 26-14 in the pivotal period.

Venezuela were within striking distance after a three-point basket 81-80.

However, on the ensuing possession, Marcelo Machado answered back with 3-pointer of his own to put the lead back 84-80, as the Brazilians pulled away for a 92-83 victory.

Splitter had a great all-around game and led the Brazilian nationals with 17 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two block shots while shooting 87.5 percent from the field in 31 minutes of action.

Marcelo Huertas and Guilherme Giovannoni had 16 points apiece, while Alex Garcia added 15 for Team Brazil.

Venezuela leaned heavily on Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez on offense, who finished with a game-high 26 points in a losing effort.

Splitter and Team Brazil will play against Cory Joseph and Canada on Wednesday at 20:30 (GMT -3) in Mar del Plata.

Splitter led Brazil to victory, wins Tuto Marchand Cup

With San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter struggling, the Brazilian national team had a tough time dispatching the Dominican Republic on day two of the Tuto Marchand Cup.

This time, in the finals game against Puerto Rico, Splitter and Brazil made sure that there will be no more slow starts.

Brazil opened the game on a 9-1 blast and held on to lead 27-18 after one quarter.

However, Puerto Rico answered back winning the second period 25-16 to tie the game 43-43 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Splitter got into foul trouble but kept on with his steady play, helping the Brazilians to take a 65-57 advantage going into the final quarter.

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Brazil, Argentina beat separate foes

After putting up a strong performance against Team Canada, San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter had a tougher time playing against the Dominican Republic.

San Antonio Spurs Tiago Splitter and Manu Ginobili led their respective national teams to victory against the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

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.

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Splitter, Huertas to lead Brazil at FIBA Americas

San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter and Barcelona Regal point guard Marcelo Huertas will be the leaders of the Brazilian national team when they compete for an Olympic berth in Argentina later this month.

Without three of their top key players, Spurs' Tiago Splitter is expected to assume leadership role for Team Brazil.

Three of their top players were unavailable for coach Ruben Magnano.

Nene Hilario who played for the Denver Nuggets last season was the first one to withdraw from the team as he decided to prioritize his professional career.

Leandro Barbosa followed Nene as he resigned for personal reasons and then signed a deal with Flamengo, one of the most popular teams in the Brazilian League, where he will play during the NBA lockout.

Anderson Varejao was planning to play in Mar del Plata but an injury in his right ankle ruled him out of the tournament.

Despite being short-handed, Magnano, a gold medalist in Athens 2004 with Argentina, remains confident with his current squad.

“I’m really optimistic,” said the Argentina-born coach. “We don’t even think about the players that are missing, we have a great team.”

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