For the first time since 2002, Argentina will play for the FIBA World Cup title after Friday’s 80-66 victory over France.
Luis Scola had his best game of the tournament with 28 points on 8-of-17 shooting. The former NBA power forward was a force on the glass with 13 of his team’s 41 rebounds.
At 39 years old, Scola has been Argentina’s best player throughout the tournament. He entered Friday averaging 17.8 points per game and was shooting 49.2 percent from the field.
Rudy Gobert, who had 21 points and 16 rebounds in the victory over the United States, was a non-factor against Argentina. The Utah Jazz star finished with just three points on three field-goal attempts and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Argentina will take on Spain, who defeated Australia 95-88 in double-overtime. The last time Argentina reached the final was 17 years ago, losing to Yugoslavia 84-77 in Scola’s first-ever FIBA World Championship.
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