Scola, unbeaten Argentina rolls through Canada in TOA
LAS VEGAS -- Carlos Delfino, who plays for the Toronto Raptors, scored nine points in Argentina's game-opening 22-4 run and the South Americans remained unbeaten with an 85-70 victory over Canada on Tuesday in the second round of the FIBA Americas tournament.
Argentina (5-0) dominated Canada (2-3) from the tip and the halftime lead was 46-16. Delfino had 12 of his 15 points in the opening half and Argentina held Canada to 25 percent shooting (7-for-28) over the first two quarters with the North Americans missing 10 of their first 12 and 13 of their first 16.
David Thomas had 13 points for Canada, which closes the second round against Mexico and Puerto Rico, two possible wins that would mean a semifinal berth, although it likely would be against the United States.
In other action on Tuesday:
Venezuela 88, Uruguay 79
Hector Romero had 35 points and 11 rebounds for Venezuela in a victory over Uruguay in the second round of the FIBA Americas tournament.
The 6-foot-8 Romero scored six points in the final 44 seconds for Venezuela (1-4), which led 79-67 with 3:25 to play only to see Uruguay (2-3) close within one point.
Venezuela finished 13-for-27 from 3-point range, almost double their average of 6.6 3s for the tournament, but struggled to score late. It missed five shots and committed a turnover during a 2-minute scoring drought that allowed Uruguay to cut it to 79-78 with 1:40 left on a 3-pointer by Leandro Garcia-Mormes.
Romero, who finished 11-for-23 from the field and had four 3-pointers, entered the game averaging 18 points per game.
Manuel Barrios was 5-for-6 on 3-pointers and added 19 points for Venezuela, which closes the second round with games against Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Esteban Batista had 21 points and 20 rebounds for Uruguay, which finished the first round as the second seed from its pool, but started the second round with losses to Canada and Venezuela. Its last two games in the second round are against the United States and Brazil.
Batista entered the game averaging 21.6 points and a tournament-best 12.8 rebounds. As was the case against Canada, he got little help on the boards as Venezuela finished with a 43-39 rebound advantage.
Brazil 104, Mexico 90
Leandro Barbosa, the FIBA America tournament's leading scorer, had 21 points to lead Brazil to a victory over Mexico in the second round.
The NBA's Sixth Man of the Year with the Phoenix Suns last season, Barbosa was 8-for-13 from the field in falling just short of his tournament average of 23.8.
Brazil (3-2) pulled away from a 24-24 tie early in the second quarter with an 11-2 run in which Barbosa hit one of his three 3-pointers and made two free throws. The South Americans went on to take a 53-39 halftime lead and then went ahead by as many as 32 points.
Romel Beck, who played at UNLV, had 29 points for Mexico (1-4), which again had trouble stopping an opponent. Mexico came into the game allowing an average of 101.2 points per game, last among the eight teams that advanced to the second round.
Brazil closes second-round play with games against undefeated Argentina and Uruguay. Two wins would virtually guarantee Brazil a spot in the semifinals and one would have them in the hunt to win a possible tiebreaker to get into the final four.
Mexico, which lost 127-100 to the United States on Monday, closes with games against Canada and Venezuela and needs two wins to even have a chance at a top-five finish. Mexico is coached by Nolan Richardson who led Arkansas to an NCAA championship in 1994.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
MORE OLYMPIC BASKETBALL HEADLINES
- Durant, USA pull away from Spain to win gold
- Clippers' Paul has successful surgery on thumb
- Schmitt back to school after Olympic stardom
- Olympian Raisman, Poland Spring sign deal
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
Road To Beijing
By virtue of making the finals in the Tournament of the Americas Olympic qualifier in Las Vegas, Team USA earned a spot in the 2008 Summer Games in China.Scoreboard | Standings | Schedule | Roster
News• James, Team USA bury Argentina for TOA gold
• Puerto Rico holds off Brazil, wins third place
• USA's outside shooting delivers Olympics berth
• Scola, Delfino help Argentina clinch Olympics bid
• U.S. trounces Argentina, coasts into FIBA semis
• Roundup: Second half outburst fuels Brazil's win
• Perfect LeBron leads U.S. rout vs. Uruguay
• Carmelo out vs. Uruguay with bruised heel
• Roundup: Argentina remains undefeated in TOA
• LeBron, U.S. avenge Olympic loss to Puerto Rico
• Roundup: Argentina gets to Canada early in win
• Mexico hangs around, but U.S. pulls away for win
• Roundup: Argentina's 3-point shooting keys win
• Bryant's defense highlights U.S. win vs. Brazil
• Prince sprains ankle in first quarter vs. Brazil
• Roundup: Argentina wins in OT to stay perfect
• Roundup: Barbosa lifts Brazil past Virgin Islands
• Without Nash, Team USA blasts Canada by 50
• Roundup: Dalembert sparks Canada's FIBA win
• Redd's touch spurs U.S. blowout of Virgin Islands
• Roundup: Scola's balanced play carries Argentina
• Melo, Kobe find range as U.S. routs Venezuela
• Roundup: Arroyo struggles in Puerto Rico's loss
• Durant, Collison not on team
• Coach K not worried about shooting woes
• Anthony nets 28 in scrimmage
• Bosh withdraws from camp with foot injury
• Hinrich, Battier withdraw; Collison added
• Select team of young stars to face Team USA
• After tonsils issue, Oden likely to skip camp
• Sheridan: Kobe the star of intrasquad game
Columns• Sheridan: What players get last spots?
• Sheridan: Handing out grades for Team USA
• Sheridan: Previewing the TOA semifinal matchups
• Sheridan: Coach K cautions against arrogance
• Sheridan: Dueling again with their Pampas pals
• Altieri: Previewing game with nemesis Argentina
• Sheridan: No captain crunch for Team USA
• Sheridan: Cause for concern?
• Sheridan: Bryant is 'pacesetter' for Team USA
• Neel: Team USA puts the hammer down
• Morales: Day-by-day notebook
• Morales: Don't count out Argentina
• Sheridan: Can Coach K lead this team?
• Wojciechowski: Coach K reliving a dream
• Katz: Nolan Richardson leads Mexico
• Sheridan: LeBron not stressing, Durant impresses
• Sheridan: Scrimmage team has work to do
• Sheridan: Top 10 questions facing Team USA
• Sheridan: Kidd's national record perfect
• Sheridan: Kobe arrives focused on new team
• Morales on Group A | Sheridan on Group B
Blog• Sheridan: My picks for final 12-man roster
Chat• Sheridan: Durant improving quickly
Podcast• Sheridan: Team director Jerry Colangelo
• Ford: USA Basketball scout Tony Ronzone
• Ford: Talking Team USA with Sheridan
En español• Portada de Básquetbol
• Resultados | Calendario | Posiciones
• Planteles completos: Grupo A | Grupo B
• Altieri: EE.UU. busca acompañante
• Morales: Panorama del Grupo A
• Sheridan: Panorama del Grupo B
• Morales: Blog desde Las Vegas
• Wojciechowski: El sueño olímpico de Coach K
• Sheridan: En busca del equilibrio NBA-FIBA
• Morales: Argentina, con las chances intactas