NBA player and Argentina star Luis Scola poured in 22 points to lead Argentina past Paraguay 96-63 at FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifiers.
The qualifying games are used to determine the teams that will compete at the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which will be held Aug. 31-Sept. 15 in China.
The 6-9, 240-pound forward sank 4 threes, while shooting a blistering 57 percent from the field.
Scola also had 11 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal in the game.
Lucio Redivo (Bilbao Basket- Spain’s Liga Endesa) added 16 points for Argentina in the victory.
For Paraguay, Gabriel Peralta had 14 points in the loss.
But the star of the game was Scola, who is playing in the China CBA this season where he is fifth in the league in rebounding, averaging 28 points and 14.2 rebounds for Shanxi.
He comes from the NBA where he averaged 5.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 12.8 minutes a game last season with the Nets.
An international star, Scola led Argentina to the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and to the bronze in 2008 in Beijing.
He has played 141 games for the national team and is a four-time MVP at the FIBA Americas Championships (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2015).
In the summer of 2015, Scola guided Argentina to a berth at the Rio Olympic Games with a comeback win over Mexico in the FIBA Americas Championship semifinals.
He was the basketball team captain in Rio and carried the Argentina flag into the 2016 Olympic Games’ opening ceremony.
Scola was a second round pick (56th overall) by the Spurs in the 2002 draft.
He has averaged 12 points and 6.7 rebounds in 10 NBA seasons with the Rockets, Suns, Pacers, Raptors, and Nets.
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