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Scola, Argentina Fall to Brazil

Luis Scola and the Argentinian national team fell to South American rival Brazil on Sunday in the Round of 16 in the FIBA World Cup, 85-65. Scola was the last remaining Pacers player in the World Cup after Damjan Rudez’s Croatian squad lost to France on Saturday.

It was a rough night for Scola, who had been one of the most productive players in the entire tournament during group play, where he averaged 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds over five games.

But the Brazilian frontline, led by NBA standouts Anderson Varejao, Nene, and Tiago Splitter, made it hard for Scola on Sunday. The Pacers power forward finished with nine points on 2-for-10 shooting, seven rebounds, and three assists.

Raulzinho Neto led Brazil with 21 points in the victory, while Knicks point guard Pablo Prigioni paced Argentina with 18. The loss marks the first time Argentina has failed to reach the quarterfinals in a major competition (Olympics or World Championship) since 2000.

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