Luis Scola tried to tell the Raptors media that he’s got a lot left to give before heading off to join his National Team and in Argentina’s 91-86 opening win over Puerto Rico at the 2015 FIBA Americas he dominated his opposition. Scola scored a game high 22 points on 56 percent shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, including a demoralizing 5 offensive boards – just one less than everyone on Puerto Rico. Just to round things out, Scola had a team-high 5 assists.
“I think I can play,” Scola told the media in Toronto. “I feel like my legs are okay. I don’t think I have any limitations. I really work hard, it’s the key to everything and it’s been working for me lately. For the most part I stay healthy. I (spend) a lot of time on it and hopefully I can continue on that path. I expect to be a big part of the (Raptors).”
After his recent performances, the Argentine forward appears to lean towards understatement. He’s in great shape.
In some ways Scola’s performance on day one wasn’t a surprise. At the Tuto Marchand Cup last week, he led the entire tournament in scoring, rebounding and assists per game. However, this week teams are fighting for a spot at the 2016 Olympics, so there’s a lot more at stake and just like he’s done in past years, Scola took his game to another level.
FIBA struggled to describe just how much Scola dominated this game.
With the inexhaustible talent of Luis Scola …the fight in the paint area by Luis Scola …Scola was simply unstoppable