San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter finally hit the court after recovering from nagging injuries as Brazil dominated Canada yesterday in the Tuto Marchand Cup.
Brazil lead early on with a 24-2 first quarter run. While Canada bounced back in the second quarter and outscored Brazil in the second half, the early lead was enough for Brazil to pull of an 88-70 victory.
Splitter lead Brazil with 14 points, four rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes. Spurs rookie Cory Joseph did not play for Canada.
Brazil will be back in action today against the Dominican Republic at 7 p.m. CST. Joseph could play against Puerto Rico at 5 p.m. CST in the second round of the cup.
Brazil will be especially dependant on Splitter with Nene, Anderson Varejao and Leandro Barbosa not playing for the national team this summer. It'll be a good chance for Spurs fans to see Splitter play extended minutes against some heavy competition, including Many Ginobili and Argentina, in the FIBA Americas Championship starting on August 31 in Argentina.
Erazem Lorbek, who the Spurs acquired in the draft day trade for George Hill, had 13 points and six rebounds as Slovenia beat Lithuania. Davis Bertans, whose draft rights were also acquired in the same trade, had eight points and three assists in 27 minutes in an 84-73 win over Georgia.
Good quality basketball for sure! Wish we had access to these games. Wouldn't the NBA owners just love that idea! The NBA doesn't own basketball or its players, it provides a venue and that's it!! A snow cone vendor cant sell his goods in Alaska??? Go to Arizona or Texas......people will buy those icy treats by the truck loads (figuratively speaking)!! "Hear ye! Hear ye! Basketball Gents! Go East and North over and past the great pond....for the inhabitants thereof seeketh thee for thy skills and shalt reward thee most handsomely!!! Thy visitation will be most celebrated from Rome to Spain to Stuttgart to....and perhaps playeth thee for the Stockholm Stampede or even the Moscow Maulers. You musn't tarry fair players of the hardwood....go go maketh thy gold and thy name shall be ever hallowed in the "Chronicles of See Ya!!! 2011". Anyhoo......I need to go look for a job now......