Spain and Lithuania competed in a rematch of last year’s Eurobasket final, but there was no question what the game of the day was going to be in Rio, and that was the battle of the South American giants; Brazil vs Argentina.
And the two teams certainly did not disappoint in without doubt the game of the Olympics so far, including the women’s tournament.
ARGENTINA SURVIVE BRAZIL IN TITANIC DOUBLE OT THRILLER
The most anticipated game of the group stages at the Olympic basketball tournament certainly lived up to its name, and then some.
But when the game eventually concluded, and the crowd got its breath back, Argentina emerged victorious against neighbours and hosts Brazil 111-107 after two periods of overtime. The win all but confirms Argentina’s progression into the semi-finals and Brazil’s left on tenterhooks.
Real Madrid star Andres Nocioni led all scorers in victory with 37 points, and the veteran added 11 rebounds.
EUROBASKET FINAL RERUN TURNS INTO A ROUT
It’s taken three games for Spain to get their Olympic campaign underway and they finally arrived in Rio with a 109-59 rout of Lithuania as the European champions secured their second straight win.
Spain raced into an early 10-2 lead and quickly had a vice-like grip on proceedings, leaving the Baltic giants with little chance of coming back. Lithuania’s path to the last eight though is safe despite the loss.
Pau Gasol led Spain with 23 points.
D’TIGERS TAKE DOWN CROATIA
Nigeria secured their first win of the Rio 2016 Olympics as they convincingly beat a woeful Croatia side 90-76 in the final game of the day.
The African nation came back from an early 28-21 deficit to hold their European counterparts to just 11 points in the next frame as they claimed their first win of the Games. Michael Umeh hit 5/8 three-pointers for 16 points first half points, en route to a ten-high 19.
Croatia, led again by Bojan Bogdanovic’s 28 points drop to 2-2.