Friday, 4 September 2009

Uruguay officially out; it's down to winner take all

Argentina defeated Uruguay 73-66 earlier this afternoon meaning Canada only has to win straight up tonight against Dominican Republic to qualify for 2010 FIBA World basketball championships. Tonight's game is available LIVE! on FIBA TV and then on a tape delay basis on the SCORE beginning at 10 PM.

The Argy's jumped out to a 22-6 first quarter lead and kept it in double digits for much of the second half until Uruguay scored the first 9 points of the fourth quarter culminated by a slam by 6'10" Estaban Batista, to get to within within 4 with 6 minutes remaining. However Argentina's emerging NBA star 6'10" Luis Scola then imposed his will on the game, scoring two straight buckets, then blocking a shot and later finishing an "and 1" which led to a 10-0 run, reestablishing a 14 point lead with under 5 minutes to play and the result was never in doubt after that. In all, Scola (19 points, 8 rebounds in only 20 minutes) had 11 fourth-quarter points and short-handed Argentina, who many in pre-tournament talk had reduced to wild card status, showed that whispers about their country's demise a world basketball power are greatly exaggerated.

Up-to-date Standings

1. Brasil 6/0
2. Argentina 6/1
3. Puerto Rico 5/1
4. República Dominicana 3/3
5. Canada 2/4

6. Uruguay 2/5
7. Panamá 1/6
8. Mexico 1/6

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