After beating Canada using their defense, San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and Team Argentina had a terrific offensive game against Venezuela.
The Argentine nationals raced out into a 10-point lead after the first quarter and held a 51-43 lead at the half.
Venezuela won the third quarter 29-28 and were within striking distance 72-79 heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Ginobili and Argentina made sure that there were no serious comeback attempts as they outscored Venezuela 32-21 to preserve the 111-93 victory.
Argentina is 2-0 in the quarter final round and remains the only unbeaten team at the FIBA Americas Championship tournament after six games and looked primed to clinched one of the two Olympic berths for the 2012 London Games.
Ginobili led the Argentines with 26 points, two rebounds, three assists and three steals and shot a scorching 71.4 percent from the field including 6-of-8 from beyond the arc in just 26 minutes of action.
Philadelphia Sixers’ Andres Nocioni added 19 points and seven rebounds, while Houston Rockets’ Luis Scola finished with 17 points for Argentina.
Hector Romero had a team-high 21 points for Venezuela.
Ginobili and Argentina will face perhaps their toughest challenge in the tournament tomorrow against Tiago Splitter and Team Brazil at 18:00 (GMT -3) in Mar del Plata.