New Suns power forward Luis Scola is currently representing Argentina in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Suns.com will be monitoring his progress throughout, so check back early and often for updates on how he’s faring.
August 12, 2012: Argentina vs. Russia
In the bronze medal match of the Olympics on Sunday, Argentina’s hopes to medal were foiled with an 81-77 loss to Russia. Argentina led late 77-76, but Aleskey Shved hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with 37 seconds left to pull away for good.
New Suns power forward Luis Scola was one of four Argentine players in double figures with 11 points. He also racked up six rebounds, four assists and a steal in his 35 minutes.
Argentina, which won the gold medal in 2004 and the bronze in 2008, left the Olympics without a medal for the first time since the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. However, Scola did finish fifth in the Olympics in scoring by averaging 18 points a game.
“Argentina is a team of the highest level,” Russian Head Coach David Blatt said. “We beat them in a high level game. Getting a medal in the Olympics is history for new Russia.”
August 10, 2012: Argentina vs. United States
In the semifinals of the Olympics on Friday, Argentina’s hopes for a gold medal vanished with a 109-83 loss to the U.S. The U.S. pulled away in second half, outscoring Argentina by 19 in the last two periods.
New Suns power forward Luis Scola was one of three Argentine players in double figures with 15 points. He shot 7-of-15 from the floor for an Argentine team that was outrebounded 46-29.
“Their team is better than ours,” Scola told FIBA.com. “I’m not being smart in saying that, everyone knows it.
“When you play against the US, you just need to play a perfect game. And we weren’t perfect.”
Argentina and its “Golden Generation” of players, which captured the gold in 2004, face Russia for the bronze medal on Sunday.
August 8, 2012: Argentina vs. Brazil
After going 3-2 in pool play, Argentina faced Brazil in a quarterfinal match of the Olympics on Wednesday. Argentina sent its South American rival home by securing an 82-77 victory.
Suns power forward Luis Scola led five other Argentina players in double figures with 17 points. Scola shot 6-of-12 from the floor for an Argentinian team that held Brazil to two consecutive 14-point quarters (second and third periods).
Coming into Wednesday’s matchup, Scola trailed only Australia’s Patty Mills (20.6 points) as the leading scorer in the Olympics with a 19.7 point a night average.
Now Argentina will face the United States on Friday.
August 6, 2012: Argentina vs. United States
After a strong Olympic showing thus far, Argentina ran into a United States team on a mission Monday, dropping a 126-97 decision in the country’s fifth game of pool play. Suns power forward Luis Scola was one of six Argentines in double figures with 11 points.
Scola shot 4-of-8 from the floor for Argentina team that gave up 20-of-40 three-point shooting to the United States, including 8-of-10 shooting from downtown from Kevin Durant (28 points). The U.S. outscored Argentina 66-38 in the second half.
Argentina wrapped up pool play with a 3-2 record.
August 4, 2012: Argentina vs. Nigeria
In the country’s fourth game of pool play, Argentina cruised to a 93-79 win over Nigeria. Suns power forward Luis Scola poured in a game-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Teammate Carlos Delfino added 18 points.
Argentina burst out of the gate by outscoring Nigeria 37-19 in the first quarter. On the night, the Argentines also shot 61 percent from downtown.
Argentina moved to 3-1 in pool play and will face the United States on August 6.
August 2, 2012: Argentina vs. Tunisia
In the country’s third game of pool play, Argentina rolled to a 92-69 rout over Tunisia. Suns power forward Luis Scola racked up 20 points, a team-high 10 rebounds and five assists for Argentina, while Manu Ginobili led all scorers with 24 points.
Scola was 8-of-14 from the floor and grabbed four offensive rebounds for Argentina, which moved to 2-1 in pool play.
Argentina faces Nigeria on August 4.
July 31, 2012: Argentina vs. France
In the country’s second game of pool play, Argentina fell 71-64 to France in a game filled with notable NBA players. New Suns power forward Luis Scola posted a game-high eight rebounds, while adding 16 points to his line.
Scola was one of only two Argentine players in double figures, with Manu Ginobili leading the way with a game-high 26 points. Argentina came out of the gate slowly, totaling only 12 points in the first quarter.
Argentina faces Tunisia on August 2.
July 29, 2012: Argentina vs. Lithuania
On Sunday, Argentina tipped of the first day of the Olympic men’s basketball action with a decisive 102-79 victory over Lithuania.
The two squads already had a familiarity against each other in international competition, having met during the bronze medal game of the 2008 Olympics. The two countries went back-and-forth at each other in the first half, with Argentina leading 24-23 early.
However, Argentina went on a 27-16 run, racing out to a 51-39 lead at the half. New Suns power forward Luis Scola poured in 14 of his game-high 32 points in the first half to help ignite the run.
On the night, Scola shot 12-of-19 from the floor. The 6-9 power forward also swatted three shots and racked up five rebounds and four assists.
Fellow teammate and Spurs swingman Manu Ginobili finished with 21 points. Carlos Delfino also scored 20 for the Argentines.
Next up for Scola and Argentina is France on July 31.