The Brazilian men's national basketball team is a medal contender at the 2012 Olympics. Great Britain, kindly, is not. And yet the Brits gave Brazil all it could handle for most of Brazil's 67-62 win in group play on Tuesday.
The British led 11-4 after the first quarter, limited Nene Hilario to four points and seven rebounds and Anderson Varejao to four points and six boards, and got all of the major Brazilian players — Nene, Varejao, Tiago Splitter, point guard Marcelinho Huertas — in foul trouble.
But Brazil held Great Britain to 39 percent shooting from the field, forced 19 British turnovers, and finished the game on an 11-5 run to stave off what would have been the biggest upset in men's basketball of this Olympics.