Argentina Comes Away With Double Overtime Victory Against Brazil
In a thrilling game that came down to the wire in double overtime, Argentina was able to put Brazil away by a score of 111-107. The game between the two South American countries started off with a bang, as Argentina scored 28 points in the first quarter. This put Brazil at an 18-point deficit going into the second quarter, but the team was not phased. Brazil stepped up on both sides of the ball, allowing Argentina to score only 16 points and scoring 33 points at the end of the quarter. Brazil had nine players scoring double-digit points, including Vitor Benite with 13 points, Marcelo Huertas and Alex Garcia with 14, and Nene Hilario leading the team with 24. The two teams continued to trade points all the way until the fourth quarter, where Brazil led the game by eight points with only 2:41 left on the clock. Argentina would go on an 8-0 run to pull within one point of tying the game with only 22 seconds left. Huertas would extend Brazil’s lead by three after two free throw attempts, but the game would be tied at 85 by an Andres Nocioni three pointer with only three seconds left of regular play. Brazil and Argentina would go back and forth scoring in both overtimes, tying the first overtime at ten points each before Argentina would get the better of the hosting country and win after two Facundo Campazzo three pointers. Argentina, who improve to 3-1, will play the reigning silver medalist Spain for their final game and Brazil, who drop to 1-3, will move on from the loss to play Nigeria next.
Spain Crushes Lithuania in a Blowout
Spain almost doubled the amount of points Lithuania scored and beat them handily by a score of 109-59. Lithuania was unable to get any production on either side of the ball. They were only able to make 49% of their two-point field goals and were only able to make 26% of their three-pointers. The offense for Lithuania was so bad, they could not score more than 20 points in any quarter. The closest they came to putting up a fight in this game came in the second quarter, where they scored 18 points to Spain’s 22 points. Mantas Kalnietis was the leading scorer for Lithuania with 16 points and was the only player to score double-digit points for the team. Conversely, Spain was firing on all cylinders. Spain was able to shoot extremely well, as they made 64% of their two-point field goals, and play tight defense, by grabbing 36 rebounds and stealing the ball ten times. Spain had nine players who scored double-digit points and Pau Gasol lead the team in scoring with 23 points. Lithuania, who had an impressive win against Nigeria, loses their first game while Spain earns a second win.
Nigeria Secures First Win Over Croatia
Consistent shooting and strong defensive play by Nigeria was able to lift them over Croatia for the win by a score of 90-76. Nigeria and Croatia both shot the ball well, Nigeria making 41% of their two-point field goals and Croatia making 54% of them, but it was the three pointers that put Croatia at a deficit. Nigeria actually shot better from three-point range than they did making two-point shots. Nigeria shot 47% from behind the arc while Croatia was only able to make 21% of their three-pointers. Nigeria also played hard when it came to securing rebounds on both sides of the court. Nigeria was able to record 45 rebounds compared to Croatia’s 34 rebounds. While Croatia made a good percentage of their shots, they were only coming from one player. Bojan Bogdanovic led the team in scoring with 28 points and was one of two players to score double-digit points for Croatia, the other being Roko Ukic with only ten points. Nigeria was able to spread the ball around and had four players who scored in double-digits. This win was huge for Nigeria, as this is their first win of the tournament, bringing their record to 1-3 as they get ready to take on Brazil in their final game. Croatia drops to 2-2 and will face Lithuania in their final game.