Argentina held close the entire way, but their comeback attempts were stopped short almost every single time. Croatia took this group phase game of the FIBA World Cup, 90-85.
It was a matchup between two contrasting strategies: Croatia with skilled big men, and Argentina with most of its difference-makers playing along the perimeter—except, of course, for their focal point in Luis Scola.
Scola scored 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds for Argentina Sunday, while logging 37 of the game's 40 minutes. Guard Facundo Campazzo was second on the team in scoring with 13 and led the Argentines with six assists. New York Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni dished out five assists, and Andres Nocioni scored 11.
For the winning side, four players scored in double digits, including Krunoslav Simon, who led Croatia with 18 points. NBA prospects Bojan Bogdanovic and Dario Saric each scored 16, and Oliver Lafayette fell one assist shy of a double-double, posting 11 points and nine dimes.
The loss was Argentina's first of the group phase, and they'll take on the Philippines next on Monday. Croatia, still undefeated, will take on Senegal.