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Brazilian basketball fans wound up with twice the heartbreak Saturday after both their men and women's teams took to the court about the same time at different arenas in Rio de Janeiro.
And not only did both lose _ each suffered double-overtime thrillers.
First, the men had an agonizing defeat to rival Argentina, followed within the hour by the Brazilian women losing to Turkey after blowing an 18-point lead in the third quarter.
Fans left the respective arenas disappointed because they too had given their teams everything they had. Brazilian fans chanted, sang and danced nearly non-stop throughout both games.
The Brazilian men tipped off first against Argentina in an exciting game that had local fans watching closely, even at an outdoor screen set up for fans at the Olympic park in Deodoro where the women's group games are being played. In the end, Brazil lost 111-107, leaving Argentinian fans celebrating and the Brazilians trying to figure out what happened.
"I don't know what to say,'' Brazil guard Leandro Barbosa said. "It was a tough game. It's really hard to understand why we lost that game.''
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Brazil's women compounded the pain by missing what would have been their lone win of these games on their own soil despite having the biggest and loudest crowd to see any women's game here.
Iziane Castro's desperation 3 that would have forced a third OT bounced off the left side of the rim. The 79-76 loss left Brazil coach Antonio Carlos Barbosa sitting on the bench for several minutes after the loss that kept his team winless as the host team.
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