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4. Luis SCOLA (Argentina)
Argentina vs Brasil . Day 11 of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, Turkey. 07 September 2010. Eight-Finals
ARG/BRA Hosts risk perfect record against historical rival

MAR DEL PLATA (FIBA Americas Championship) - Argentina and Brazil will try to break on Wednesday their FIBA Americas parity of the last years as they have equally split wins in their last four continental clashes.

Both teams have already secured a semifinal spot but will be competing for a better position in the final standings.

Argentina remain unbeaten in the tournament after six games, while Brazil only lost to Dominican Republic.

Argentina and Brazil have played four times in the last three FIBA Americas tournament, including a qualifying match for the 2008 Olympic Games.

In 2005, they faced each other on the final game, even though Argentina was already qualified to the 2006 World Championships as the Athens 2004 Gold Medal winners. Brazil prevailed 100-88 thanks to an extraordinary performance from Tiago Splitter, who had 25 points and seven rebounds.

It was two years later when Argentina had a pair of major wins over Brazil.

Luis Scola had 27 points to lead Argentina to a 91-80 semifinal win, which was equivalent to a Beijing spot.

Brazil had their revenge in Puerto Rico 2009, as they collected a 76-67 first round victory with Marcelo Huertas in a great form, contributing 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Both teams made it to the 2010 World Championships.

Players and coaches know perfectly well their opponents as they have played in many occasions and have even shared clubs.

Luis Scola said Argentina will have to very aware of Splitter's low post game.

"He's one of the best of the tournament and Brazil's best, according to my opinion."

Tiago Splitter, by the way, emphasised Argentina's team work.

"They have very few weaknesses. Watching them play is like watching an Opera. It's good the way they pass the ball, opening spaces to score twos and threes."

Andrés Nocioni defines Brazil as their "biggest historical rivals."

"It doesn't matter how we get to the game, it's always a close one. This time they have young players but they are still dangerous."


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