Manu Ginobili and Argentina edged Brazil 82-77 on Wednesday, advancing to the semifinals of the 2012 Olympics.
Luis Scola led Argentina with 17 points, Carlos Delfino and Ginobili each added 16 points apiece, Andres Nocioni chipped in with 12, and Juan Gutierrez had 11. Ginobili also had a team-high eight rebounds in the contest.
Marcelinho Huertas and Leandro Barbosa each dropped 22 points for Brazil, Alex Garcia (10) was also in double-figures. Nene added seven points and a game-high 12 boards.
Brazil was leading 14-9 halfway through the opening quarter and they controlled that advantage till the end of the period, leading Argentina 26-13. Huertas made 5-of-7 shots in the first quarter, three of which were 3-pointers, and accounted for half of Brazil’s points.
Argentina took a 32-30 lead at the 7:33 mark in the second period, following a made 3-pointer by Ginobili, and maintained a slight edge the rest of the quarter. Brazil trailed 46-40 at halftime.
The Argentines opened the third period on a 15-6 run and extended their lead to 15 points late in the quarter. Brazil did their best to stop the bleeding and cut the deficit to 64-54 heading into the final 10 minutes of play.
Brazil found a way to fight back in the final quarter and shrunk Argentina’s 10-point advantage into just a 2-point lead, 70-68, with 4:20 remaining.
However, it was too little, too late, as Argentina scored four quick points, took a 74-71 lead, then went on a 8-0 run to essentially seal the victory. Barbosa hit two 3-pointers for Brazil in the final seconds to make the final score 82-77.
Argentina advances to the semifinals where they will play the winner of the USA/Australia game on Wednesday at 5:15 PM (ET).