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.

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.


15 thoughts on “Brazil, Argentina beat separate foes

  1. Bruno I felt the same way, I thought coach Chip already fixed his free throw shooting but NO! Seriously though, I think Splitter had a hard time playing against a bigger Dominican Republic as compared to Canada. Hopefully he plays well tomorrow against Puerto Rico.

    Thanks for the regular reads and comments, I appreciate it.

    By the way please follow me back on twitter @RobbyLim21 Thanks again!

  2. Looking forward to the game against Puerto Rico, Splitter should step up and show what he’s got against Barea and company.

    • Thanks my friend, Yeah right Varejao is recovering from an injury. I hope you enjoyed the reading the articles.

      Sorry I have to ask, How long have you been a Spurs fan? Are you from Brazil?

      • Yes i am from Brazil.
        Spurs fan since 2006(when i started watch NBA), coincidently now have a brazilian on Spurs kkkkkk.
        I became a Spurs fan because team colors( same of my soccer team) and because Spurs style( DEFENSE, which unfortunately does not exist anymore).

  3. Well good to have you on board! Yeah the Spurs defense is really on a decline last season they were only ranked 11th in defensive rating. NOT GOOD!

    If Tiago stays healthy though, I think the Spurs’ defense will improve but I believe they need to add another big with Tim Duncan aging.

    • Would be great Parker+Bonner for CP3, and RJ for Varejao(another brazilian Lmao)+ Draft Pick.
      Spurs with CP3, Manu, Kawhi, Timmy and Varejao(Splitter) would be “dream team” and more balanced…

      Good night, i am going to sleep, is 2:42 a.m here…

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