Video: Manu Ginobili, Luis Scola share warm embrace after Argentina advances to FIBA World Cup final
Two of Argentina’s all-time greats on the basketball court, Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola, shared a warm embrace after the country’s national team advanced to the 2019 FIBA World Cup title game with an 80-66 victory over France on Friday.
Knowing the importance of the moment for Argentina, Ginobili rushed from his seat near courtside to congratulate Scola, who had an outstanding showing in the win and is keeping the Golden Generation alive on the court:
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Scola led the Argentinian side in Friday’s game against France, racking up a team-high 28 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field (3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 9-of-10 from the free-throw line), 13 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes of playing time. Facundo Campazzo added 12 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one steal:
Manu played his last international games at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, where the Argentinians finished eighth. Many people in the South American nation view the 42-year-old as an inspiration. Though he’s no longer playing, it’s clear he is still pulling for his home country at the FIBA World Cup.
Scola and the Argentinians will have little time to celebrate, as they’re scheduled to face Spain in the final on Sunday. Tip-off inside Wukesong Sport Arena is set for 8:00 a.m. ET.