With the NBA lockout in full effect, basketball news has gone international. Some NBA players are considering to play overseas while most of them are busy in helping their home countries in preparation for the Olympic qualifiers.
Argentina vs. Cuba
San Antonio Spurs star, Manu Ginobili led the Argentine national team to a comfortable 80-67 victory over Cuba on the first day of the Super 4 Tournament in Cordoba.
Ginobili scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had three steals for Argentina. The Argentines led 23-14 after the first quarter and kept the pressure as the game went on and entered the second half with a 45-28 advantage.
Houston Rocket’s Luis Scola had 14 points, while Hernan Jasen added produced 11 points in the win. Lisvan Valdez paced Cuba with 14 points and Pablo Marrero added 11 points.
Argentina will play against Venezuela in the championship game.
Hungary vs. Finland
After losing a close one against Portugal, Spurs 2011 draftee Adam Hanga and the Hungarian national team, suffered another defeat, falling to Finland 75-73 in the additional qualifying tournament for the FIBA Eurobasket on Friday night.
Hanga finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals for the Hungary.
With the loss, Hungary is now 0-2 in additional qualifying round. The other two participating teams, Finland and Portugal, have one win apiece.
To qualify for the 2011 FIBA Eurobasket, Hungary has to win their two remaining games and hope that Portugal or Russia lose two games.
Hanga and Hungary will return to action on Thursday against Portugal.
Latvia vs. Russia
The Russian National team won the friendly game over Latvia in Riga.
More than 3500 came to see the game alive in Arena Riga. The game was close in the opening quarter as Russia held a 22-21 lead.
In the second period the Russians tried to pull away, outscoring the Latvian national team 26-14 and had a 48-35 halftime advantage.
However, Latvia did not give up easily, they bounced back in third quarter, and entered the final period trailing by only six points 56-62. But Russia proved to be the stronger team, they blasted Latvia 25-12 in the final quarter to seal the 87-68 victory.
Utah Jazz Andrei Kirilenko poured in 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Vitaly Fridzon added 13 for Russia.
Rihards Kuksiks ended up with 11 points in a losing effort, Rolands Freimanis and Martins Meiers scored 10 each, while Spurs 2011 draftee Davis Bertans had six points and four rebounds in 11 minutes of action for Latvia.
Both teams will face each other again tomorrow in another exhibition game.