One featured for Argentina, and another for Canada in the FIBA American championship. Both stars of the Toronto Raptors were on opposite poles in terms of emotions during the tournament in Mexico City last season.
Luis Scola guided Argentina to land at Rio Olympics and notched up his 4th MVP award of the tournament in his career. Cory Joseph and his team Canada were stunned by Venezuela in the competition.
Scola led Argentina to 8-2 win record in the tournament by virtue of his 10 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. He also scored tournament leading 21 points. Scola, in addition to his crown as MVP, became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the tournament. Argentina won the silver medal in the competition.
Raptors’ management and fans can take heart from Scola’s performance this tournament. Toronto signed him for only $2.9 million for one year this offseason. His 21.1 point and 10.1 rebound average per game shows he is more than worthy of it.
Joseph and his Canadian side started their campaign by losing to Argentina, thanks to a 35-pointer show by Scola. They bounced back to win the next seven games by an average of 26.2 point to reach the semifinals before suffering a heartbreak in the hands of Venezuela. An experienced Venezuelan side was waiting to turn the odds against Canada.