Nicolas Laprovittola (ARG) - Argentina v Cuba, 2015 FIBA Americas Championship for Men/Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Mexico City (Mexico), Preliminary Round, 3 September 2015
LAS VEGAS (Rio 2016 Olympic Games) - Argentina and Nigeria are going to know each other very well by the time they square off at the Olympics on 7 August because the teams have now traded blows twice in the space of three days.
Nicolas Laprovittola underlined his importance to the team, stepping out of the shadow cast by his more famous teammates by pouring in 24 points for the winners. He hurt Nigeria with 3-point shooting and overall play.
Captain Luis Scola and fellow veteran Andres Nocioni contributed 16 and 14 points, respectively.
"I think in the first game, we weren't prepared to play against a team that offered a lot of defensive variables," Argentina coach Sergio Hernandez said. "Three days of training had not been enough for us to prepare our tactics.
"We didn't allow them to play like they wanted (on Wednesday), except for the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, we played them five-on-five and punished them. I think today was very important for us because we were able to learn from the first meeting."
Next up for Argentina will be a friendly on Friday in Las Vegas against the United States, the winners of the last two Olympics and the past two FIBA Basketball World Cups.
The Americans are geared up for the clash.
"We want to win," USA veteran Carmelo Anthony said. "We want to send a message. Our first time that we can do that is Friday night."