Argentina put on fourth quarter show to upstage Serbia at FIBA World Cup

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-10 21:58:11|Editor: ZX
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DONGGUAN, China, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Luis Scola and Facundo Campazzo scored a combined 19 points in the fourth quarter to help Argentina advance to semifinals after beating Serbia 97-87 in the quarterfinals of FIBA Basketball World Cup here on Tuesday.

Scola scored 20 points and Campazzo had 18 for Argentina. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 21 points and Nemanja Bjelica contributed 18 for Serbia.

Argentina led most of the way but Serbia took a 70-68 lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Argentina stormed to a 19-6 spurt, leading 87-76 with three minutes on the clock. Bogdanovic scored a three-pointer to narrow the gap, only to see Campazzo and Scola scored to dash Serbia's hope.

After the tip-off, Nicolas Brussino and Campazzo combined a 5-0 run for Argentina. Scola then hit a three-pointer to gift a 12-4 lead for Argentina. Jokic was trapped in turnovers but Lucic stood out to score six points to narrow the gap for Serbia. Argentina led 25-23 into the second quarter.

Argentina continued its fast pace in attack and kept a high percentage in three-pointer shooting. Luca Vildoza made three of his five three-pointer attempts and Argentina led 54-49 into the halftime break.

The game turned to an intense battle in the third quarter. Jokic dominated the paint as the Serbians found their rhythm to cut the deficit gradually. Argentina still led but only by one point at 68-67 at the start of the fourth quarter.

A three-pointer by Marko Guduric helped Serbia take the lead at 70-68 to start the last quarter, but it was its closest moment to the victory.