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Argentina destroys Croatia in friendly as Scola, Vaulet play well


This is what happens when four members of a gold medal-winning national team gets together or when a team has to fly 32 hours across the world, then plays a game the next night.

In any case, the result was the same. Argentina destroyed Croatia, 97-78, in a friendly game in Cordoba, Argentina. Two Nets players, Luis Scola and Bojan Bogdanovic finished in double figures,with 12 and 10 points respectively and Nets stash Juan Pablo Vaulet, had nine points in five minutes before the home crowd.

For Argentina, the game was an indication that the four members of their Golden Generation can still handle a young team like Croatia, with players like Bogdanovic, Dario Saric and Mario Hezonja.

On the other hand, Croatia's national team had to fly 32 hours from Zagreb to Cordoba in coach, with multiple stopovers, leading to a controversy when Bogdanovic posted a sarcastic message on Facebook.

Scola was 6-of-9 from the floor, missing his two shots from deep. He grabbed five rebounds.  Bogdanovic was 4-of-11, including 2-of-6 from deep.  The big surprise was the 20-year-old Vaulet.  JPV isn't on Argentina's national team but is playing in the last friendlies.  Cheered on by locals, Vaulet went 4-of-5 in 4:50.

For those hardcore Nets fans, here's the first half video.  Starting at 38:45, Bogdanovic, Scola and Vaulet are all on the court together...

Argentina plays Serbia Saturday and France Monday.  Croatia plays France  Saturday and Serbia Monday.