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  Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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

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

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

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

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

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

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