By Michael De Leon, Project Spurs
In Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia," he talks about the cares of the day vanishing, the ending of the day bringing release and each night being filled with peace.
Unfortunately for the Tunisian national basketball team, they aren't anywhere close to home, and after losing an early lead to Argentina, I doubt the cares from today's game will be vanishing after their 28-14 first quarter lead turned into a 92-69 loss at the hands of San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili and Argentina.
After Tunisia's early lead, mostly due to dominating performances by Salah Mejri and Mourad El Mabrouk, Argentina managed to bounce back behind San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili's 18 second quarter points and went into halftime with a 40-40 tie.
Like a mismatched boxing match, it was only a matter of time before Argentina would land their most damaging blow. That came in the third quarter, with Tunisia still trying to hang on. Then Argentina went on a 9-0 run to lead by 19 points 65-46 with 3:13 remaining in the quarter. Tunisia answered back with a small rally of their own and ended the quarter with a three-pointer to close the gap to 15 points.
Carlos Delfino, who struggled against France two days ago, took over in the fourth, knocking down several midrange jumpers and getting Argentina back up to a 19-point lead with a dunk.
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