After defeating Cuba 80-67, San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and Team Argentina expected a tougher matchup against Venezuela but that wasn’t the case.
Ginobili went to work early, scoring 12 points, dishing out three assists and had one rebound after one quarter as Argentina took a 35-8 lead after the opening tip.
Former Spur Fabricio Oberto also played for Argentina scoring two points in limited minutes.
Perhaps the best thing about the game was that Oberto returned to the court after 10 months of absence, playing around 10 minutes. (Hat tip to Pounding The Rock).
Manu once again led Argentina in scoring with 22 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, including 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and 6-of-6 from the foul line.
Team Argentina held a big lead early in the game and never looked back. They went on to beat Venezuela 106-53 and win the Super 4 tournament in Cordoba, Argentina.
After the game, Manu said, “We played almost perfect.” Luis Scola said that, “Venezuela quit ahead of time,” unlike Cuba in the previous game, who played hard the second half.
Team Argentina will play again on Tuesday against Venezuela in another warm-up game, as the team prepares for the Olympic qualifiers at Mar del Plata later this month.