The Argentine men’s basketball team fell a unique opportunity to access the quarter finals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Thanks to the overwhelming victory of United States 119 to 84 opposite Czech Republic in the Group A, to the Soul it was enough just by defeating Japan to achieve the classification to the next phase as one of the best third. And so he did.
Argentina beat Japan with force 97-77 and advanced to the quarterfinals of Olympic men’s basketball. Now, they will have to wait for the draw to see who will be their rival in the next instance: will it be australia or france.
Those led by Sergio Hernandez They had a good first quarter from the hand of a Delia who was perfect in attack and who also contributed in defense to close the ring of the locals (26-16) Already in the second set, the Argentine team got a maximum of 15 points averaging the period (36-22), but he did not close the segment well and found the contribution of Baba and Hachimura, the player of the NBA’s Washington Wizards.
After a hesitant start in the second half, the best version of the team was seen after the middle of the third quarter. There it was seen defensive intensity which led the Oveja team to be one of the best in the World Cup in China two years ago. And from the hand of Scola and Campazzo, favorable situations were found in attack that ended up wearing down the Japanese.
The historic captain of the national team added 23 points and 10 rebounds. For his part, the Denver Nuggets point guard had a complete game with 17 units, 11 assists and 7 rebounds. To highlight the great task of Delia (14 points) and Deck, who added 16.
It is worth remembering that Soul kicked off his olympic path with a hard fall against Slovenia by 118-100 with a huge game of Luka doncic, star of the Dallas mavericks. Then, he sought recovery from the always difficult Spain, but again it was a misstep 81-71 with a low production on the offensive side of the court.
With this victory, Argentina joined those already classified at the moment are United States, France, Australia, Italy, Germany, Slovenia and Spain. The men’s basketball quarter-finals will be carried out from Monday, August 2 at 10 p.m. in Argentina. The grid indicates that the duels will be in continuous already during the early morning and the morning of Tuesday 3 with the hours of 1.40, 5.20 and 9.00.
Argentina goes after a new Olympic dream in Tokyo after having finished in the fourth place in Helsinki 1952, appropriate the gilt in Athens 2004, the bronze in Beijing 2008 and end again in the London 2012 fourth position.