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Brazil's women fine-tune Olympic basketball preparations

07-09-2012 10:34 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian Olympic women's basketball team fine-tuned its London preparations on Sunday with a 91-61 victory over Cuba in Foz do Iguacu.

The victory gave the home side its second victory in three days over the Caribbean nation, restoring the team's confidence following a 3-0 series loss to Australia last month.

"We can still get better," coach Luis Claudio Tarallo said after the match. "This week we've stepped up our intensity and I think that with the matches we've got in the lead up to the Games, we are going to be in good shape."

The standout performer for Brazil on Sunday was center Erika, who netted 17 points and collected 17 rebounds.

Small forward Iziane was the team's top-scorer with 26 points while guard Adrianinha added 14.

"In relation to the games against Australia, we have come a long way," Iziane said.

"I think we're at about 80% of where we want to be. We're going to make the most of the next two weeks to keep working on the areas where we know we need to improve."

Brazil will warm up for the OIympics with a series of matches against the United States, France, China and Australia.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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