After suffering their first loss in the 2014 FIBA World Cup on Monday to Spain, San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter and Brazil rebounded Wednesday with an 81-73 victory over Serbia. Heading into the fourth quarter, Brazil was facing a 64-60 deficit, but Brazil relied on their defense in holding Serbia to nine points in the final quarter, as Brazil scored 21 points in the quarter to earn the win.
Splitter filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, seven rebounds, and six assists in 21 minutes of play. Marquinhos Vieira led Brazil with 21 points, while Leandro Barbosa scored 16 points on the offensive end. CSKA Moscow guard Milos Teodosic paced Serbia with 14 points and five assists.
With one game remaining in Group Phase play, Brazil is 3-1 and sits just behind the undefeated Spanish National team in Group A, which means Brazil is likely to move on to the Round of 16 regardless if they win or lose their final group phase game against Egypt on Thursday.
Through four games in the opening round of play, Splitter is averaging 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game in 21.2 minutes per game. With one game remaining in Group Play, Brazil is 8th overall in the World Cup standings.