Spain beat Argentina 92-73 in men’s basketball to advance

The two-time defending silver medalists (3-2) are the No. 2 seed in Group B and faces Group A No. 3 France (3-2).

By: AP | Rio De Janeiro | Published: August 16, 2016 9:55:51 am
Spain vs Argentina match results, Spain vs Argentina rio men's basketball, Spain vs Argentina men's basketball results, Spain vs Argentina basketball, Spain, Argentina, Basketball, Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio Olympics, Rio, Olympics, basketball The Argentines (3-2) seemed to play with a sense of urgency only in spurts and never got within 10 points in the second half. (Source: Reuters)

The Spanish men’s basketball avoided elimination with a 92-73 win against Argentina on Monday, climbing out of a 0-2 hole to start the Olympics and advance to the quarterfinal round of the Rio Games.

The two-time defending silver medalists (3-2) are the No. 2 seed in Group B and faces Group A No. 3 France (3-2). With Spain’s win, Brazil was eliminated.

Spain fell behind 8-0 to start the game, but regrouped to take a 22-11 first-quarter lead that it never gave up. Rudy Fernandez score 10 straight during the 22-3 scoring run and finished with 23 points.

The Argentines (3-2) seemed to play with a sense of urgency only in spurts and never got within 10 points in the second half.

Argentina already had a quarterfinal berth in hand. Its seed won’t be determined until after the last game of pool play, Lithuania-Croatia.

Nicolas Laprovittola paced Argentina with 21.

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