Argentina Tops Brazil For Title

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – If the championship game of the FIBA Americas didn’t really mean anything, since both teams had already locked up their Olympic bids, someone forgot to tell the players from Argentina and Brazil. Because Sunday night’s game in MarDel Plata, Argentina didn’t look anything like a friendly exhibition.

Luis Scola scored a tournament-high 32 points to lead Argentina to the 80-75 win and their second FIBA Americas title, their last coming a decade ago. Scola earned MVP honors after carrying his team in a tight game for the win. Carlos Delfino added 16 points and nine rebounds for the winners. Marcus Vinicius led Brazil with 17 points and Tiago Splitter added 12.

Scola was joined on the All-Tournament team by his Argentina teammate Manu Ginobili, the Dominican Republic’s Al Horford, Puerto Rico’s Carlos Arroyo and Brazil’s Marcelo Huertas.

By virtue of making the title game, Argentina and Brazil earned spots in London next summer for the Olympics. Horford led the Dominican Republic with 23 points as they topped Puerto Rico 103-89 in the third-place game. The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela all earned invites to the qualifying tournament next July with their top five finishes in this competition.

12 Comments

  1. Professional Athletes David says:

    Congratulations for Argentina for they beat all the team who are aiming the trophy. There is no surprise for their win for they have remained unbeatable throughout the series. They were indeed the team to beat until the end.

  2. Mariano says:

    Yes, you could write something better about the best game of the year in the americas. This is the last tournament of the Argentina golden generation (the only country that won the gold medal besides USA, USSR or Yugoslavia). This team has an average of 32 years old, the oldes team in history. And yet they won, becouse they´re a team. Like Brazil, their coach is Magnano (the coach of Argentina in 2004), without their most important players they still won their place to London 2012.

  3. Christian White says:

    In the Argentina-Brazil official score it shows that Brazil won 80-75 not Argentina

  4. It was a great performance from the Dominican Republic, those guys did a amazing job… Congratulations to the Dominican

  5. pablo says:

    please write something better than this please, the argentina- brasil match was a real battle. Please don’t stay only with the facts say, something about the great game that jasen and kammerich played yesterday. and remember prigioni one of the best PG in America outside of the NBA.

  6. HNoel says:

    Luis Scola is a problem.

  7. juan says:

    it’s Mar del Plata, no Marta del Plata

    • lakersforever says:

      ya it is mar del plata and mar means sea not river- river is rio in spanish and portugues

      • Ruben says:

        the Rio De La Plata give its name to that city, that same rivers cross the country and separate Argentina from Uruaguay

  8. Ruben says:

    It is Mar Del Plata (Silver’s River) not Marta Del Plata

  9. Pedro says:

    Congrats to Brazil!!! It was an amazing road to the second place, and after 16 years of absence we are back!!! See you guys in London!!!
    P.S. We didnt need Nene, Leandrinho or Varejão ’cause basktball is a TEAM game.