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  Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Double-double for Splitter, Scales 18, Brazil-USA
By Jonathan Givony

Press href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Release

The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Men's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> World href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Championship href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Qualifying href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fell href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 91-77 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Brazil href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> send href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> host href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> country's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fans href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> home href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> happy href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tuesday href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> night href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> what href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> inaugural href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> event href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> brand href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> new href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> capacity href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> (4,250) href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> filled href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Multi href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Uso href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Arena href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Brusque, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Brazil. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> exhibition href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fifth href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> final href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> contest href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> before href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Aug. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 24-Sept href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> FIBA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Americas href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Men's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> World href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Championship href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Qualifying href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Tournament href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Santo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Domingo, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Dominican href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Republic. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> The href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> U.S., href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> which href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finished href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 1-4 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> its href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> five href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> games href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Brazil, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> continue href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> its href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> training href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> practice href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Wednesday href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Brazil, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> then href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> returns href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Miami, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Fla., href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> where href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> will href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> train href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> at href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Miami href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Heat href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> practice href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> facility href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Aug. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 20-21.

"I href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> disappointed href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> our href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> effort href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tonight," href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> stated href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Mo href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> McHone, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> head href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> coach. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> "I href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> don't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> know href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> if href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> day href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> off href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> threw href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> us href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> off, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> came href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> out href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> no href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> fight, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> no href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> energy. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Maybe href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we've href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> been href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> playing href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> against href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> this href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> too href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> long, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> desire href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> just href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> didn't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> seem href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> be href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> there href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> tonight href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> I href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> didn't href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> even href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> think href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Brazil href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> played href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> much href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> energy href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> either. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> It href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> was href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> an href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> ugly href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> bad href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> they href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> made href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shots href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> didn't. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/>

"We href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> definitely href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> still href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> need href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> practice href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> time href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> because href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> there href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> are href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> some href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> little href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> things href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> need href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> clean href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Now href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> it's href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> practice href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> court href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> I href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> think href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we'll href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> be href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> okay, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> but href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> you href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> have href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> be href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> more href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> than href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> you href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> do href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> on href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> offense. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> You href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> have href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> have href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> mind, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> team href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> play href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> defense href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> we href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> are href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> not href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> close href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> that href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> now. href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> We've href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> given href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> up href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> lot href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points."

On href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> night href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> when href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> USA href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> struggled href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> its href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> shooting href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> all href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> game, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Brazil href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> utilized href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10-0 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> run href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> end href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> first href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> start href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> of href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> second href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> quarter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> to href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> distance href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> itself href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> from href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> United href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> States href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> earn href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> a href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> third href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> straight href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> win href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> four href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> days href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> over href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> the href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Americans.

[Tiago href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Splitter href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> finished href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> with href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 14 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> points, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 10 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> rebounds, href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> blocks href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> and href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 2 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> steals href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> in href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> 25 href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> minutes]

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