Olympics: Brazil beats Great Britain in men’s basketball

By Dialogo
August 01, 2012



LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed from Tuesday’s
Olympic action:
Brazilian men’s basketball team: Tiago Splitter scored a
game-high 21 points and Marcelo Huertas added 13 points to power their team to a
67-62 win over Great Britain on July 31.
After the Brazilians were outscored 11-4 in the first quarter, they rallied
to tie the score at 27 at the half. Brazil took a 48-43 lead after three quarters
before holding off Great Britain in the final quarter.
Anderson Varejão scored eight points and Leandro Barbosa added seven points
in the win, which improved Brazil to 2-0 in Group B play. Brazil, which opened with
a 75-71 win over Australia, faces Russia on Aug. 2.
The top four teams in each of the two groups advance to the quarterfinals.
Argentina’s men’s basketball team: Argentina suffered its first
loss of the London Games when it fell to France, 71-64, on July 31.
Manu Ginóbili scored a game-high 26 points and Luis Scola added 16 points in
the loss.
Argentina entered the final quarter trailing 55-53 but faded down the stretch
against France, which had opened the London Games with a loss to the United States.
Argentina, which opened Group A play with a 102-79 win over Lithuania, faces
Tunisia on Aug. 2.
Colombia and Brazil women’s soccer: Each team suffered a 1-0
loss, as the Colombians fell to France, with the Brazilians losing to Great
Britain.
Colombia finished winless in three games and was eliminated from the
tournament.
Brazil, which opened with wins over Cameroon and New Zealand, will face Japan
in the quarterfinals on Aug. 3

Here’s what you should keep an eye on Aug. 2:

Men’s volleyball: Pool play continues as Brazil faces the United
States and Argentina takes on Poland. In Group B, Brazil has defeated Russia and
Tunisia in straight sets, while the United States is also 2-0, with wins over Serbia
and Germany. The winner will have sole possession of first place. In Group A,
Argentina is coming off a 3-1 loss to Italy after opening with a win over Australia.
Poland is also 1-1, with a win over Italy and a loss to Bulgaria, which is in first
place at 2-0.
César Cielo, Brazil: The defending gold medalist in the 50-meter
freestyle will try to maintain his dominance in the event, as he starts with the
event’s preliminaries, where he looks to advance to the semifinals later in the day.
If he makes it to the final eight, he’ll defend his gold medal on Aug. 3.

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