Luis Scola scored a tournament-high 32 points when it counted most, as the Houston Rockets forward led Argentina to a home victory in the title game of the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday, as the Argentines knocked off Brazil 80-75.
Brazil had a good effort from their own frontcourt, as Marcus Vinicius (a former New Orleans Hornet) scored 17 points and San Antonio Spurs big man Tiago Splitter added 12. But Scola and the Milwaukee Bucks' Carlos Delfino (16 points, nine rebounds) were too much.
Scola was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Manu Ginobili, the Dominican Republic's Al Horford, Puerto Rico's Carlos Arroyo and Brazil's Marcelo Huertas.
The win is Argentina's second FIBA Americas championship. The last came a decade ago, and represents the start of the nation's incredible run of success. Argentina won gold in the 2004 Athens Olympics and bronze in the 2008 games in Beijing, and is now No. 3 in the world behind just the United States and Spain. Next summer's Olympics in London could represent the end of the road for this patch of Argentine players, as the core of the team is getting up there in age.