Brazil Kick-starts the FIBA Olympics tournament qualifier with a emphatic win over African side, Tunisia.
Vitor Benite proved that he’s not cooling off just yet, pulling an impresive 15 points, despite sitting out of the fourth quarter. Brazil beat Tunisia 83-57.
Coach Aleksandar Petrovic can be extremely happy with the way Brazil kicked off their campaign, winning while avoiding any kind of stress. He managed to give his biggest names a lot of rest while getting a solid contribution from the role players.
The first four offensive sets of the game for Brazil. Marcelinho Huertas and Vitor Benite were involved in all of them, Huertas with two assists, Benite with an assist and a long two, sending a message straight from the tip-off that Tunisia are going to have a long day at the office guarding the Brazilian one-two backcourt punch.
The defense was also working, Brazil held Tunisia to 25 points in the second and third quarter combined, allowing them to open up a 30-point lead in the fourth.
Germany 85-75 Mexico:
Mexico had a smooth start to this game, it was looking like they are in for an easy win over the Germans, but the latter were very resilient as they begin thier debut in Split with 82-76 win over Mexico.
The Germans had to rely on their physical dominance and bench depth to guide them to a win.
Mexico got an amazing performance from their leader as Francisco Cruz exploded for 30 points on the day, but the shooting guard remained without a field goal over the last five minutes of the game. Gustavo Ayon’s 18 points and 15 rebounds also go to waste for coach Omar Quintero.
Germany knocked down 25-of-31 free throws, picking up a +14 advantage in that department, punishing Mexico’s aggressiveness from the tip-off to the end of the game.
Serbia 94-76 Dominican Republic:
Serbia also had a bright start to life at the FIBA Olympics qualifiers, beating Dominican Republic 94-76.
Serbia entered the game in a dunk mode, with six of the first ten points coming by throw-downs from Boban Marjanovic, Ognjen Dobric, and Nemanja Bjelica for an early 10-2 lead. But the Dominicans answered back. Led by Victor Liz and Gelvis Solano, they came back and then took the first lead of the game two minutes before the break, 46-45, before it was all tied up 47-47 after a very intense first half.
With the third quarter coming to a close, the Serbians raised their game up a notch as they carried this momentum into the fourth where they found their best defense, energy, and offensive rhythm. Outscoring the Dominican Republic 27-10 over the final ten minutes of the game gives them some level of confidence going forward in this Olympic qualifying tourney.