Brazil, Argentina rolled over separate foes at FIBA Americas


San Antonio Spurs forward/center Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil bounced back nicely after a tough loss at the hands of the Dominican Republic.

Against a relatively weaker team in Cuba, the Brazilians won the opening period  26-20 and stretched their advantage to 52-37 at the break.

In the third period, Brazil made sure that there will be no serious comebacks in the game as they held a 73-51 lead going into the fourth and final quarter.

Cuba outscored Brazil 32-20 in the final quarter, but the game was already out of hand.

Brazil won the game handily, 93-83.

Vitor Benite led the Brazilian nationals with 19 points while Guilherme Giovannoni added 16.

Splitter had four points and three boards in only 10 minutes of playing time.

Yoan Luis had a game-high 27 points for Cuba and Yudniel Perez added 26 points in a losing effort.

Meanwhile, Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and Team Argentina overcame a slow start against Panama to stay undefeated in the tournament.

Argentina led 21-20 after the first quarter but trailed Panama at halftime 39-38.

However, the Argentines stepped on the gas at the start of the second half.

The Argentine nationals outscored Panama 26-12 in the decisive third quarter to put the game away.

Argentina also won the fourth quarter 26-20 to defeat Panama in easy fashion 90-71.

Houston Rockets’ Luis Scola led Argentina with 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Ginobili added 14 points, eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and committed just one turnover in 35 minutes of play for Team Argentina.

Jaime Lloreda led Panama with a game-high 20 points.

Ginobili and Argentina will meet Cory Joseph and Canada at 18:00 (GMT -3) while Tiago Splitter and the Brazilian national squad will go up against Uruguay at 20:30 (GMT -3) in Mar del Plata on Monday in the quarter final round.

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4 thoughts on “Brazil, Argentina rolled over separate foes at FIBA Americas

  1. Brazil and Argentina are really looking good. Canada also made the quarter finals, I hope they can also squeeze by and finished at least fifth in the tournament.

  2. The quarter final round should be exciting. I think Brazil and Argentina will come out as the top two teams.

    I hope Canada finish the tournament in the top 5. I believe it’s doable.

  3. Pingback: Splitter, Brazil trashed Uruguay at FIBA Americas quarter final round « Spurs World

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