San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and Argentina returned to action Saturday night as they defeated Venezuela 106 to 53 to win the Super 4 tournament in Cordoba, Argentina.
After scoring 25 points to lead Argentina last night, Ginobili once again led in scoring with 22 points. He was unstoppable again as he shot 6-of-7 from the field, 4-of-4 from three point range, 6-of-6 from the free throw line, and had four assists in 20 minutes of action.
Argentina came out on fire as they had a 35 to 8 lead at the end of the first quarter. Former Spur Fabricio Oberto finally made his debut in regulation basketball in over a year after overcoming heart complications. Oberto logged three minutes of action. Ginobili had 12 points in the first quarter.
Ginobili rested the entire second quarter while Oberto took one shot, but missed it. Philadelphia’s Andres Nocioni led Argentina at halftime with 13 points. Argentina was leading 55 to 24 at halftime as they held Venezuela to just 10 made shots in the first half. Argentina was 7 of 10 from three-point land in the first half.
Oberto scored his first bucket in over a year with a two-point basket early in the third quarter. Ginobili did what he does to scare Spurs fans and Spurs management, he went through the lane, leaped in the air and tried to dunk on a Venezuelan player, but he was fouled in mid air. Nothing happened to Ginobili but it makes you fearful when he plays so recklessly like that. Then again, that’s what makes Manu, Manu. He would make both free throws.