In his 100th match with the National Team, the Cordovan point guard once again looked like the one we all know. He was three rebounds from the third Olympic triple-double, scored 5-9 on triples and appeared when it was most urgent.
It could not be otherwise. When Argentina at the most critical moment of the tournament, Facundo Campazzo shone as we are accustomed to showing the way to victory against Japan and qualifying for the quarterfinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The point guard, a great starter, he finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists for a PIR of 25 in 25 minutes on the court.
Brutal anniversary for the Cordovan point guard, who with this game reached 100 games with the Senior National Team and also equaled the record for assists for an Argentine in an Olympic event. In any case, the record was already his, because he also distributed 11 assists in the remembered duel against Brazil at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, although that time the match lasted 10 more minutes, since it was a supplementary double.
Facu, who finished with a very high 5/9 in triples, started great with two consecutive bombs and a foul received in another attempt to mark the way and give an early advantage to the team. In addition, he took the reins at the beginning of the third quarter, when Japan reacted and got to four. Two exquisite assists and another almost consecutive triple inspired the streak that ended up defining the game for Sergio Hernández’s men.
Campazzo was three rebounds from what would have been the third triple-double in tournament history. But the Nuggets point guard wasn’t alone. Argentina responded to the urgency and had several high points. Among them, Captain Luis Scola, the standard bearer and supporter of the team, who finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds, including a 5/8 in triples. That is, between Facu and Luis they combined for 10/17 from 6.75.
Marcos Delía’s task on both sides was also sensational. To his always brilliant defensive performance, he added great aggressiveness and forcefulness in attack, which allowed him to add 14 points and 7 rebounds for a PIR of 19. The pivot took advantage of Japan’s low formation and weighed his centimeters near the rim and on the boards. In addition, he did an exceptional defensive job drying up and frustrating Rui Hachimura, an NBA insider for the Wizards, who was never able to get into rhythm.
Argentina defeated Japan, closed the group stage as one of the best third parties, made it into the top eight in the world and will face Australia in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at 9 a.m., another match that will serve to enjoy see the team fight once again to continue making history.