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Like 1980, Italy settles for silver

Updated: August 29, 2004, 9:14 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Not a bad color for Argentina's first Olympic basketball medal.

Luis Scola scored 25 points and Alejandro Montecchia hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead Argentina to an 84-69 victory over Italy in the gold-medal game Saturday night.

Argentina's best finish in the Olympics had been fourth, in 1952, but the team that beat the United States in the semifinals got to stand on the highest platform Saturday night.

"This is the most exciting ...

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