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BRA/ARG - Brazil dominates Argentina to win Gold in the South American Championship:
8/1/2010


NEIVA (2010 South American Championship) - Led by Murilo Becker, Brazil dominated Argentina 87-77 to win Gold in the South American Championship played in Neiva, Colombia. Becker made 30 points with 10 rebounds and was selected as the MVP of the tournament.

Becker shot 10-15 from the field, including four three pointers and six free throws in 30 minutes played. In this game, 17 of his 30 points came in the second half. His averages for this tournament were 21.2 points and 9 rebounds in five games.

The offense of Becker and center JP Batista was key in the first quarter as Brazil won 19-18. The two giants made 9 of the 19 points of their country.

In the second quarter both teams stayed close, but Brazil made a 9-0 run in the final 2:30 to win the half 40-31. Becker had 13 points, Bruno Fiorotto 8 and Duda Machado 6 for Brazil. Argentina had Leonardo Mainoldi with 12 points.

Each time Argentina closed in during the second half, the Brazilians had a quick answer in the paint and from the perimeter. The third quarter finished 62-52 and stayed consistent in the final quarter for the win.

Duda Machado added 15 points and JP Batista 13 for the winners.

In the loss Juan Pablo Cantero netted 25 points, Leonardo Mainoldi 14 and Román González 11.

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