Rio 2016 Olympics - Day 4 Recap -

Rio 2016 Olympics – Day 4 Recap

The hosts claimed their first win in the men’s tournament on the fourth day at the Rio 2016 Olympics, while Lithuania and Argentina improved to 2-0 starts.

Here’s a brief recap on what went down on Day 4:

Spain v Brazil

The silver medallists from the past two Olympics find themselves 0-2 in Rio after going down 66-65 in a thriller against the hosts, Brazil. Down 11 in the third, Spain battled back to take a lead in the fourth, but were undone by Marquinhos’ putback in the final seconds of the game. Pau Gasol led his side with 13 points and 10 rebounds, but his seven missed free throws including two, crucially down the stretch would prove costly. In what was a balanced scoring effort from Brazil, Marcelo Huertas top scored with 11 points to help his side pick up their first win of the tournament.

Box score.

Lithuania v Nigeria

Lithuania made it two wins out of two in Group B thanks in large to a dominant third quarter effort as they saw off Nigeria in an 89-80 victory. Led by Ike Diogu’s 19 points, Nigeria put up a strong fight and went into half-time with a five-point advantage at 41-36. However, the game turned in the third as Lithuania turned a two-point deficit into a double-digit lead after going on a pivotal 12-0 run. Mantas Kalnietis and Jonas Maciulis scored 21 points apiece to lead their side to the win.

Box score.

Argentina v Croatia

The South American side joined Lithuania on a 2-0 start after holding off Croatia for a 90-82 triumph. Luis Scola was his usual influential self for Argentina after putting up 23 points and nine rebounds, while four other players reached double figures including Facundo Campazzo, who had 10 points and eight assists. After an evenly split opening period, Argentina moved ahead by six at the interval before powering clear in the third after taking the quarter 27-14. Croatia won the final period by 11 but had too much to do as they drop to 1-1 despite 19 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists from Dario Saric.

Box score.

Women’s results:
Australia 89-71 France, Brazil 63-65 Belarus, Turkey 76-62 Japan (Group A)

The schedule for Day 5 is as follows:

Day 5: Wednesday 10th August
Preliminary rounds: Men – Serbia v France (6:15pm), USA v Australia (11pm), Venezuela v China (2:30am)

Women – China v Spain (4:15pm), USA v Serbia (7.30pm),
 Senegal v Canada (9.45pm)

See the full schedule here.

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