Luis Scola makes history as the second all-time FIBA WC leading scorer

2019-09-02T13:23:21+00:00 2019-09-11T19:45:22+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

02/Sep/19 13:23

Big game with an historic touch for the 39-year-old Argentinian.

By Eurohoops Team/

Luis Scola only scored 7 points in the first half of the 2019 FIBA World Cup match between Argentina and Nigeria, but managed to rise to second place of the all-time scoring list of the global tournament over Andrew Gaze. He went on leading his country to the win with a game-high 23 points improving his World Cup grand total to 611 points.

“He doesn’t know but in 1990, when he was playing in Argentina, I was there watching. I’m a big fan of his, I think he’s one of the greatest ever” said Scola on passing Gaze. “I’m excited, it’s a big part for me to be, to have the chance to have my name out there with him, and all these other guys. For me right now it is important, but I feel it’s something I’ll enjoy more in a couple weeks.”

He added: “We have a lot of things going on right now. I think it’s very important, but we have other goals right now. In a couple weeks, maybe in a couple years we’ll look back, and I’ll go, oh my God, I just passed this guy.”

“It’s impossible” he admitted when asked if he can move beyond Oscar Schmidt’s 906 points. “A small part of me – even if I had the chance to take number one from Oscar – a part of me doesn’t want to. I just want him up there, he’s my big hero. A small part of me would be like, ah, nah, let’s just let him be.”