SAO PAULO (FIBA Americas Championship for Women/FIBA World Championship for Women) - Veteran playmaker Adriana Pinto has been re-living the roller-coaster ride in Xalapa last week which resulted in Brazil eventually punching a ticket for the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, even if the 34-year-old isn’t sure she will step out in Turkey for a potential farewell.
Without headline star Erika Souza to call upon, Brazil had looked as if they had shrugged off the absence of their biggest gun when they won their first four games of the competition to waltz into the last four.
However, the wheels then briefly came crashing off after they were stung by Cuba in the Semi-Finals.
It was an outcome which set up a nervy winner-takes-all, last day showdown with Puerto Rico for the final Americas place at the FIBA World Championship for Women - a competition that has Brazilian participation woven through its’ very heart.
And, Pinto admitted that whilst relieved to have successfully helped her young team-mates to make up for their Cuban failure with victory against Puerto Rico, it didn’t necessarily mean she can take anything for granted in terms of definitely heading to European soil next year.
"Basketball is a game of hits and misses and I always just try to do my best" said Pinto.
"I went (to Xalapa) with an open heart, I left my little daughter, and I donated to the fullest and it was worth it, but it's hard to say if I can be with this group at the Worlds.
"I am always very proud to represent the Brazilian team and if I can help and there is a technical need, I will be available.
"I always joke that life is about perpetually learning - even if it is for a short time. And, I have learned a lot with these young girls with Coach Zanon.
"It was a new experience for me being the oldest and it makes me very happy to have had the opportunity to contribute and to help all players in the group.
She added: "We were very upset about the loss to Cuba in the Semi-Final because we always want to win.
"But, we met the main goal of reaching the Worlds and I was happy to see the evolution of the players."
If Pinto does suit up in Turkey, she will step out at her fourth successive FIBA World Championship for Women, having debuted at the tournament more than a decade ago in China in 2002.