Spain and Brazil will look to score their first win in the 2016 Rio Olympics basketball men’s competition. The two medal contenders will face off on Tuesday at Carioca Arena 1 in Brazil.
Spain, who are considered as one of the favorites to face USA Basketball in the gold medal match, suffered a stunning loss in their Rio Olympic basketball debut. The Spaniards took a 72-70 loss to fellow European powerhouse Croatia on Sunday.
The Spanish side looked poise to win in their tournament opener as they took a seven-point lead heading into the final quarter. However, Croatia made big plays down the stretch, including a Dario Saric block that denied Pau Gasol as potential game-tying basket before the final buzzer sounded.
Gasol led the team with 26 points and nine rebounds, while Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic added 19 points and six boards. Veteran guard Sergio Rodriguez added 10 points and seven dimes in a losing effort.
On the other hand, Brazil will also look to bounce back from a disappointing loss in their tournament opener. The host country fell short in their comeback bid, taking an 82-76 loss to Lithuania on Sunday.
Lithuania came out firing and built a commanding 58-29 lead at the half. Brazil trimmed the lead to 18 points before the final quarter and pulled within four points with two minutes left in the match. However, Lithuania managed to hold on to the lead, disappointing the Brazilian fans at Carioca Arena 1.
Leandro Barbosa led Brazil with 21 points, while Raul Neto finished with 14 points. Nene Hilario posted 11 points and eight rebounds, but their efforts were not enough, as they dug themselves a deep hole with their poor start.
Spain and Brazil want to avoid a second loss in order to have a better matchup should they advance to the knockout stage. The Spain vs Brazil 2016 Olympic basketball match will be shown through live stream on NBC Olympics at 1:15 p.m. ET. Live box scores and play-by-play will be available on this link.
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