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Argentina vs Puerto Rico
Luis SCOLA (Argentina). Third day of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, Las Vegas, USA. 24 August 2007.
24/08/2007Argentina 87 vs. Puerto Rico 75

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LAS VEGAS (2007 FIBA Americas Championship) - In one of the most highly anticipated contests of the preliminary round at the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, Argentina remained perfect (2-0) by knocking off Puerto Rico 87-75.

Luis Scola was impressive once again, tallying 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Argentines, who also got 15 points from Carlos Delfino.

Elias Ayuso led Puerto Rico with 21 points while Carlos Arroyo chipped in with 20.

The contest was closer than the final margin of victory would indicate, as Puerto Rico actually led by as many as 14 points in the first half.

Cold shooting from the field after the first period, however, would prove to be their downfall.

After connecting on 9-of-18 field goals in the opening period, Puerto Rico went just 17-of-56 (30 percent) the rest of the way.

With the loss, Puerto Rico falls to 1-2 in tournament play.

Tim Kuck
Basketball USA