Argentina started out the FIBA Americas tournament with two losses, looking completely out of character, losing badly to Brazil and Venezuela.
One of the favorites coming into the tournament, the Argentinians started 0-2 and were at risk of being eliminated in the preliminary rounds.
With their backs against the wall, Argentina rebounded and blew out Panama 80-55 in their third game, and then needed overtime to defeat a very strong Dominican Republic team last night. 89-87 in the best game of the tournament thus far.
Luis Scola of the Houston Rockets, finished with a game-high 30 points, the 6-8 power forward shot 10-19 from the field, added 8 rebounds and passed out 5 assists.
Paolo Quinteros had 14 and Pablo Prigioni 11 points with 5 assists for Argentina.
Al Horford led the Dominicans with 24 points and 11 rebounds and Francisco García scored 20 points. Luis Flores contributed 16 and Jack Michael Martinez had 13.
Charlie Villanueva pulled down 10 rebounds for the Dominicans, but finished with just 9 points on 3-13 from the field, including a miss on their final possession in regulation.
With last night’s thrilling win, Argentina finished with a 2-2 record, good for second place in Group B. Brazil finished atop the group, and Venezuela, who was 1-3, was officially eliminated after four round robin games.
The quarterfinals begin tomorrow, Tuesday, September 1st. You can see the full schedule at FibaAmericas.com.