30 August, 2014
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Barbosa happy Brazil overcome arch rivals Argentina

MADRID (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Leandrinho Barbosa and the rest of Brazil are happy to have finally overcome their arch rivals Argentina at FIBA's flagship event, but the South Americans don't want their 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup run to end at their next step, the Quarter-Finals.

"We are definitely very happy about it. It was the reason that we were invited to this tournament and we did our job. We're happy, but we have to keep going," said Barbosa, who scored 10 points as Brazil beat Argentina 85-65 for their first win at the Worlds over their rivals since 1967.

It was time for us to beat them and we did it - Barbosa

"The team feels really great. We're together right now as a team. Hopefully we go to the Final."

Brazil also lost at the Worlds in 1998, 2002 and 2010 - the latter at the same Round of 16 stage - while also dropping to Argentina at the 2012 Olympics.

"This is historic for our country. So we want to do something special for our country and I think this is about time," said Barbosa, who played in the three most recent defeats against Argentina.

Raulzinho Neto stepped up in the game for 21 points - 15.8 points more than his average coming to the game. But Barbosa wasn't surprised by the 22-year-old's performance.

Raulzinho is learning a lot. He really helped us tonight - Barbosa

"I always thought good things about him. He's a tremendous player. I'm very happy for him. He's listening to the old guys and he's doing his job over here," said the 32-year-old.

Next up is a Quarter-Final date with Serbia.

"Serbia is a great team, a tough team. They play tough. We're going to have to do well if we want to do go to the next level," added Barbosa.