Argentina Routs Paraguay 95-60 To Start Title Defense On A High Note

Facundo Campazzo led Argentina with 13 points in their 95-60 win over Paraguay in day one of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Men in Venezuela.

Facundo Campazzo led Argentina with 13 points in their 95-60 win over Paraguay in day one of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Men in Venezuela.

The new-look Argentina men’s basketball squad started their title defense on a bright note as they ran away with a 95-60 rout over Paraguay in day one of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship on Friday in Caracas, Venezuela.

Playing without their “golden-era” stars Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, Carlos Delfino, and Pablo Prigioni, the Argentinean squad relied on a balance attack to clinically dominate their less-heralded opponent.

Seven players from Argentina scored in double figures led by Franco Campazzo, who finished with 13 points in just 12 minutes of playing time. Nicolas Laprovittola finished with 12 points, while Carlos Mata, Juan Gutierrez, and Leonardo Mainoldi added 11 points apiece for Argentina.

Salem Safar and Marcos Delia finished with 10 points apiece with the latter adding seven rebounds, while veteran Luis Scola added nine points and five boards, needing to play just 10 minutes in the easy win for the defending champions.

Argentina dictated the tempo of the match right from the get go as they dominated on both endings of the floor, building a 16-4 lead in the first five minutes of the match.

They did not slow down in the ensuing minutes and increased their lead to 25 points, 52-27, at the half. Argentina’s second unit did not look back in the second half en route to the blowout opening-day victory.

Argentina fired on all cylinders throughout the entire match especially from beyond-the-arc wherein they went 15-for-31, while also dominating the rebounding battle with their 44 boards compared to the 29 of Paraguay.

Towering center Guillermo Araujo led Paraguay with 23 points, while Federico Mellone added 10 points in a losing effort.

Argentina will look to make it two-in-a-row when they face Dominican Republic on Saturday, while Paraguay will look to bounce back against host country Paraguay.

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