(photo: Marcelo Endelli © PHOTO FIBA AMERICAS)

Carlos Delfino and Argentina Win Gold

Argentina pulled out a victory over archrival Brazil in the gold medal game of FIBA Americas 2011, 80-75.  Tournament MVP Luis Scola led all scorers with 32 points.  Carlos Delfino scored 16 points and snagged a team-high 9 rebounds to help the Argentine team avenge their only prior loss in the event.

Argentina nearly suffered a crushing collapse.  Up by 11 with 29 seconds remaining, Manu Ginobili fouled three-point shooter Marcelo Machado, who converted all three free throws.  Brazil intentionally fouled to stop the clock and regain as many possessions as possible; Argentina obliged by making 2-of-6 free throws.  Amazingly, Brazil had a chance to tie it.  They got the ball, down by 3, with 5 seconds left, but Pepe Sanchez deflected a long pass and Scola reeled it in. His two free throws clinched the game and touched off a gleeful celebration in Mar del Plata.

The game was tied heading into the fourth quarter and Brazil ran off the first five points of the quarter.  But Argentina closed the gap and went ahead for good on a Delfino/Scola pick-and-roll (below) that netted a three-point play.

By reaching the finals, both teams qualified for the London Olympics.

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