Huertas, Brazil Drop Great Britain 67-62

LONDON – Any hopes the host nation team had of pulling off an upset here Tuesday faded in the final two minutes against Brazil, as Marcelinho Huertas upstaged NBA All-Star Luol Deng before a raucous hometown crowd at the Olympic Basketball Arena.

For the second straight game, the Brazilian point guard made the plays down the stretch to preserve his team’s 67-62 victory, much as he did the same against Australia Sunday.

Huertas sealed the game with two free throws in the final seconds and finished the contest with 13 points and eight assists, two more than the rest of his teammates combined and just one shy of Great Britain’s final tally.

Tiago Splitter led Brazil with 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the floor. Splitter, Nene and Anderson Varejao — all NBA big men — grabbed six rebounds each.

Deng simply never could get going, finishing just 3-for-13 from the floor and scoring 12 points to go along with his eight rebounds and seven assists. He was just 1-for-11 until he nailed two late jumpers, was 1-for-7 from beyond the 3-point line, and only made four of his eight free throws.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu (13 points, 12 rebounds) led the way for Great Britain inside, while Nate Reinking knocked down three of his shots from deep and also finished with 13 points.

10 Comments

  1. Paulo says:

    Where is my comment that I wrote yesterday??

  2. Ravensbball says:

    Sullivan (UK’s captain) isnt playing like he normally does, he really needs to step up his game! Glad Nate played a better game against Brazil – as he played horrible against Russia, and ironically enough Pops is the MVP of this team thus far, not Deng…

  3. Fefe (Nets) says:

    Huertas is too good!!!!! Bring him to my Nets lol

  4. MinWolves says:

    Pls bring him to Minnesota!!

  5. SmoothMM says:

    Marcelinho is a true PG. This guy can ball. I would love to see him in the NBA, on the Rockets, but I don’t think he’s ever coming to the NBA. If so, it’ll probably be in his later years. Regardless, he’s been doing his thing in the Olympics for Brazil.

  6. mafi says:

    GB team waste!!!!
    coach dnt have a clue wat he’s doing.
    Am from UK and know a lot of the younger players GB needs to the the old men rest.
    Bring in New blood UK politics is crazy

  7. Bullsfanforlife says:

    Good effort Lu. Your the man.

  8. Keon R. says:

    Huertas has been very fun to watch. He runs the pick and roll like a pro. I wish he had played in the NBA. The league doesn’t need contraction, it needs more guys with the skill and savvy of Huertas.