Facundo Campazzo poured in eight of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter to help Argentina pull away from the Dominican Republic and grab the bronze medal (103-93) in the FIBA Americas Championship on Sept. 11.
Campazzo, who posted his first double-double of the tournament, led five Argentineans in double figures with 31 points and 11 assists. Campazzo was an impressive 8-of-10 from the field and 5-of-6 from beyond. He also went to the line 15 times, sinking 10 of them.
Indiana Pacer Luis Scola just missed his second double-double of the tournament with 23 points, on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor, and nine rebounds for Argentina. Juan Gonzalez contributed 17 points off the bench while Selem Safar and Marcus Delia contributed 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Leading 69-68 heading into the fourth quarter, Argentina got a bucket from Safar and two free throws by Campazzo to push their lead to 73-68. After a Karl Towns’ put back cut the deficit to three, Campazzo answered with a triple to push Argentina’s lead to six with 8:17 remaining in the game.
The Dominican Republic scored the next four points to cut the deficit to 76-74 but Scola, on a feed from Campazzo, scored a bucket to increase Argentina’s lead to 78-74. From there, Argentina went on a 6-0 run to take an 84-74 lead with 5:33 remaining.
Argentina was out-rebounded 41-to-25 and was just 15-30 from the charity stripe.
Argentina shot a red-hot 60 percent (29-of-65) from the floor, including 43 percent from beyond the arc (10-of-23). Argentina dished out 26 assists and committed only six turnovers. Argentina outscored the Dominican Republic 54-40 in points in the paint and converted 12 Dominican Republic turnovers into 17 points.
Dominican Republic shot 49 percent from the field (34-70) but only 25 percent from beyond the arc (4-of-16). The Dominican Republic was 21-of-28 from the free throw line.
Jack Martinez led the way for the Dominican with 17 points and 18 rebounds. Sosa also had a big night, pouring in 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Juan Coronado and James Feldeine also reached double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively.
Both Argentina and the Dominican Republic have qualified for the 2014 World Cup.