LOGRONO (FIBA World Championship) - Argentina overcame their mounting injury problems to beat arch-rivals Brazil 77-73 in their latest warm-up game for the FIBA World Championship in Logrono.
Coach Sergio Hernandez was without Fabricio Oberto, Andres Nocioni and Juan Pablo Cantero, while Paolo Quinteros, Hernan Jasen and Roman Gonzalez were also playing through problems.
But that did not matter as Carlos Delfino led the charge, making an outstanding six of nine from three-point range en route to 23 points.
Brazil have injury problems of their own, not least in the form of Tiago Splitter and Nene's temporary absence, and they struggled to get going as the Argentinian defense was effective in shutting down Leandro Barbosa to leave them relying on Anderson Varejao for long stretches.
Argentina led 35-25 at half-time but Brazil came storming out in the third quarter as Marcelo Machado inspired an 8-0 run.
But Argentina came back as Pablo Prigioni and Luis Scola began to make their shots.
When Delfino nailed a three-pointer with 39 seconds left, the score was 75-66 and Brazil's number was up.
Prigioni finished with 17 points while Scola had 12 and 11 rebounds.
Varejao led Brazil with 14 points, while Machado finished with 13.
Meanwhile, Hernandez announced that Luis Cequeira has been called up to replace Cantero, who was on Monday ruled out of the FIBA World Championship with a torn hamstring.
The 25-year-old Cequeira has recently signed for Obras Sanitarias.
"Luis is a player who is mature enough to withstand the pressures of a World Championship," Hernandez said. "Given the unfortunate injuries to both Cantero and Figueroa, I think it is right to call Cequeira at this time."
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