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.
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.
In the fourth period, Brazil kept Puerto Rico at bay behind some timely scoring from Marcelo Machado.
Brazil stretch their lead 77-63 midway in fourth on Machado’s 3-pointer but Puerto Rico wouldn’t give up easily.
Daniel Santiago completed a three-point play and scored on another possession to put his team within 79-69 with 4:42 remaining.
After a defensive stop by Puerto Rico on the ensuing play, Brazil called time out to sort things out.
Coming from the huddle, the Brazilian’s went on an 8-3 tear to extend their lead to 87-72 capped by a Splitter dunk with 2:10 left to play.
Dallas Mavericks’ guard Juan Jose Barea fouled out with 1:36 remaining in the clock and Puerto Rico behind by 14 points, 89-75.
Team Brazil went on to win the game 89-79 over Puerto Rico. They completed the tournament undefeated and claimed the Gold Medal at the Tuto Marchand Cup.
Splitter led the Brazilian nationals with 14 points, seven boards, two assists and one block on 54.5 percent shooting from the field in 20 minutes of action.
Machado had 12 points and two rebounds and Marcelo Huertas added nine points, four rebounds and six assists for Brazil.
Santiago had 17 points and eight rebounds, Ricardo Sanchez had 14 points and four rebounds, while Barea chipped in 10 points, three rebounds and three assist in the loss.
The Tuto Marchand Cup is a warm-up event for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship which tips off in Mar del Plata, Argentina on August 30.
The top two teams will qualify automatically for the 2012 London Olympic Games.