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CAC Games Standings
 1. Dominican R.
 2. Panama
 3. P.Rico
 4. Cuba
 5. Mexico
 6. Costa Rica.
 7. Jamaica
CAC Games Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. P.Rico 2-0 
 2. Cuba 1-1 
 3. Jamaica 0-2 
Group B
 1. Panama 3-0 
 2. Dominican R. 2-1 
 3. Mexico 1-2 
 4. Costa Rica. 0-3 
Points Per Game
 Oritseweyinmi EFEJUKU
  Ponce
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 24
 1. Efejuku, Ponce24.0 
 2. Rivero, CUB N.17.8 
 3. Santana, Caneros16.8 
 4. Suero, Guaiqueries15.4 
 5. Martinez, Leones S.15.0 
 6. Toussaint, Gigant.14.3 
 7. Ayarza, Leones SD14.2 
 8. Cruz, Halc.Rojos13.8 
 9. Gardener, Coopenae.13.3 
 10. Martinez, Barva13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin YOUNG
  Guayama
  (203-F-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Young, Guayama11.0 
 2. Justiz, Santiago11.0 
 3. Santana, Caneros10.4 
 4. Rivero, CUB N.9.5 
 5. Gutierrez, Halc..8.0 
 6. Lloreda, Bayamon8.0 
 7. Martinez, Leones S.7.6 
 8. Lopez-Sosa, Pante.7.3 
 9. Staple, Panama C.6.3 
 10. Martinez, Barva6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Francisco CRUZ
  Halc.Rojos
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Cruz, Halc.Rojos5.5 
 2. Chavarria, Barva4.4 
 3. Efejuku, Ponce3.3 
 4. Dalmau, Guaynabo3.3 
 5. Quintero, Huracanes3.3 
 6. Rivera, Ponce2.8 
 7. Toussaint, Gigant.2.8 
 8. Pinnock, Guerreros2.5 
 9. Gaskins, Cafeteros2.4 
 10. Munoz, Liga S.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cristian CHAVARRIA
  Barva
  (177-PG-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Chavarria, Barva2.0 
 2. Martinez, Barva2.0 
 3. Lloreda, Bayamon2.0 
 4. Gardener, Coopenae.1.8 
 5. Rivero, CUB N.1.8 
 6. Rodriguez, CUB N.1.8 
 7. Parada, Halc.Xalapa1.8 
 8. Cruz, Halc.Rojos1.8 
 9. Liz, Gaiteros1.6 
 10. Franklin, Mayaguez1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Javier JUSTIZ
  Santiago
  (205-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Justiz, Santiago2.0 
 2. Lopez-Sosa, Pante.1.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Halc..1.5 
 4. Anderson, Coopena.1.2 
 5. Martinez, Leones S.1.0 
 6. Santana, Caneros1.0 
 7. Young, Guayama1.0 
 8. Zamora, Halc.Rojos0.8 
 9. Parada, Halc.Xalapa0.8 
 10. Lloreda, Bayamon0.8 

Dominican Republic celebrate title in Veracruz (Photo: FIBA Americas)

2014 ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
Victor Liz
Liz
Edward Santana
Santana
Cristian Arias
Arias
Gerardo Suero
Suero
Jack Michael Martinez
Martinez
4 Kelvin Pena 193-G-80 Toros Venezuela
5 Elpidio Fortuna 188-G-85 Leones SD Dominican Republic
6 Jose Acosta 185-PG-92 Reales LV Dominican Republic
7 Victor Liz 188-SG-88 Gaiteros Venezuela
8 Edward Santana 203-F-80 Caneros LR Dominican Republic
9 Juan Pablo Montas 198-F-84 Metros STGO Dominican Republic
10 Cristian Arias 191-G-81 Metros STGO Dominican Republic
11 Juan Miguel Suero SG-94 Cocinas.com Spain
12 Gerardo Suero 193-G-89 Guaiqueries Venezuela
13 Amaury Filion 206-C/F-81 Metros STGO Dominican Republic
14 Manuel Guzman 204-F/C-82 Titanicos Mexico
15 Jack Michael Martinez 201-F-81 Leones SD Dominican Republic


Jose Maita Mercedes Head Coach Los Minas Dominican Republic

Latinbasket.com All-Central American and Caribbean Games Awards 2014 - Dec 1, 2014

Latinbasket.com All-Central American and Caribbean Games 1st Team 2014
Trevor Gaskins
Gaskins
Oritseweyinmi Efejuku
Efejuku
Josimar Ayarza
Ayarza
Jack Michael Martinez
Martinez
Edward Santana
Santana

MVP: Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of Dom.Rep.
Best Guard: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of Jamaica
Best Forward: Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) of
Dom.Rep.
Best Center: Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of
Dom.Rep.

1st Team
G: Trevor Gaskins (187-G-89) of Panama
G: Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) of J
amaica
F: Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) of Panama
F: Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) of
Dom.Rep.
F/C: Edward Santana (203-F/C-80) of
Dom.Rep.

2nd Team
G: Christian Dalmau (194-G-77) of Puerto Rico
G: Gerardo Suero (193-G-89) of
Dom.Rep.
F: Kevin Young (6'8''-F-90) of Puerto Rico
F/C: Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80) of Bigua
C: Jasiel Rivero (204-C) of Cuba

Honorable Mention
Javier Justiz (205-C-92) of Cuba
Carlos Toussaint (190-G-91) of Mexico
Hernold Gardener (205-C-82) of Mexico



Dominican Republic celebrate title in Veracruz - Nov 29, 2014

FINAL
Panama - Dominican Republic 69-83
Dominican Republic celebrated the Central American and the Caribbean Games title. They topped Panama in the championship game. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) was pivotal for the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Dominican Republic recorded a 19:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They followed with a strong 30:8 rally in the second period. Dominican Republic piled up a comfortable 27-point halftime advantage. Panama however refused to surrender. They went on a 26:12 run in the third term to narrow the gap at 13-point mark. But Dominican Republic scored 22 points in the fourth period and earned a well-deserved victory. Gerardo Suero (193-G-89, college: Albany) netted 16 points, while Edward Santana (203-F-80) added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Panama. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) had 13 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Puerto Rico - Cuba 107-97 OT
Puerto Rico earned the CAC Games Bronze. They overcame Cuba in an overtime thriller in the consolation final on Friday. Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Puerto Rico eked out a 41:39 halftime lead. But Cuba spurred ahead in the third term. They sank 26 points to take a 2-point advantage heading into the fourth frame. Puerto Rico responded with a 26-point effort in the final period to level things up at 89 at the end of regulation. Puerto Rico fired 18 points in the extra period and escaped with a tough victory. Larry Ayuso (190-SG-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) had 18 points, while Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) added 16 points in the win. Jasiel Rivero (204-C) responded with 34 points for Cuba. William Granda (189-SG-85) had 16 points in the loss.

5-6 Place
Mexico - Costa Rica 74-65
Mexico wrapped up their Central American and the Caribbean Games campaign with victory. The hosts defeated Costa Rica in the game for the fifth position. Carlos Toussaint (190-G-91) stepped up with 21 points in the win. Mexico got to a slow start. Costa Rica ensured an 18:13 lead after ten minutes. Mexico cut the distance at 3-point mark at the interval 28:31. The hosts broke through in the third term. They triggered a 31:12 run to take a comfortable lead. Costa Rica sank 22 points in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Adam Parada chipped in 14 points, while Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) added 11 points in the win. Kay Martinez (198-G-84, college: Jackson St.) responded with 26 points for Costa Rica. Jeffney Anderson (208-C-83, college: Southern) had 13 points in the loss.


Dominican Republic and Panama advance into Final - Nov 28, 2014

SEMIFINALS
Panama - Cuba 64-59
Panama extended their unbeaten run in Veracruz. They celebrated the fourth consecutive victory edging Cuba in the semifinal clash. Levour Warren (196-SF-81, college: S.Carolina) provided 13 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Cuba jumped to an early lead. They accounted for a 14:7 lead after ten minutes. But Panama cut the distance at 2-point mark at the big break 23:25. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term. Cuba were up by two heading into the fourth period. However Panama sank 24 points in the final quarter and escaped with a narrow win at the end. Edward Jones (201-F-86, college: N.Carolina A&T) netted 12 points, while Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) contributed 9 points for Panama. Jasiel Rivero (204-C) responded with 15 points for Cuba. Javier Justiz (205-C-92) tossed in 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the loss.

Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 71-72
Dominican Republic nipped Puerto Rico in the semifinal battle at the 2014 Central American and the Caribbean Games in Mexico. Edward Santana (203-F-80) tallied 18 points and 13 boards to pace the winners. Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico exchanged baskets throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 13:13 after ten minutes. Puerto Rico eked out a 27:26 halftime advantage. But Dominican Republic shifted the gear in the third term. They poured in 26 points to take a 3-point lead into the fourth quarter. Puerto Rico sank 22 points in the final term but stopped just a whisker away from the victory. Victor Liz and Gerardo Suero delivered 16 points each for the winners. Larry Ayuso (190-SG-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) responded with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC), Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) and Angel Alamo banked in 9 points each in the defeat.


Semifinalists are set in Veracruz - Nov 27, 2014

Group A
Puerto Rico - Cuba 83-72
Puerto Rico clinched the second victory in a row at the Central American and the Caribbean Games in Mexico. They toppled Cuba to win Group B. Kevin Young (203-F-90, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Kansas) stepped up with 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. Puerto Rico will take on Dominican Republic, while Cuba will face Panama in the semifinals scheduled for tonight. Cuba gained an 18:15 lead after the opening quarter. But Puerto Rico denied the deficit in the second frame. They spurred ahead to eke out a 37:35 halftime lead. Puerto Rico boosted their lead in the third term. They established a 7-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter 59:54. Puerto Rico tossed in 22 points in the final frame and sealed the victory. Larry Ayuso (190-SG-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) had 14 points, while Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) contributed 12 points for the winners. William Granda (189-SG-85) responded with 21 points for Cuba. Jasiel Rivero (204-C) had 14 points in the loss.

Group B
Costa Rica - Panama 52-73
Panama recorded the third consecutive victory at the CAC Games. They held off Costa Rica to win Group B. Panama will now face Cuba in the semifinal today. Costa Rica eked out a 10:8 lead after the opening quarter. But Panama unleashed 27 points in the second frame and ensured a 35:25 halftime lead. Panama maintained the lead throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 14 points 55:41. Panama held their opponents to just 11 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Trevor Gaskins (187-G-89, college: Louisiana Tech) finished with 18 points to pace Panama. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) added 15 points in the win. Daniel Simmons (194-F/C-80) answered with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Costa Rica. Gardener had 8 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Mexico - Dominican Republic 72-77
Dominican Republic clinched the crucial victory in the last game of the preliminary round of the Central American and the Caribbean Games in Veracruz. They upset hosting Mexico to claim the second position in Group B. The win propelled Dominican Republic into the semifinal stage, while Mexico stayed in the third position out of the title race. Mexico posted 24 points in the first period to take a 3-point lead. But Dominican Republic erased the deficit and tied things up at 34. Mexico knocked down 25 points in the third term to take a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. However Dominican Republic limited the hosts to just 13 points in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Victor Liz (188-SG-88, agency: Duran International), Gerardo Suero (193-G-89, college: Albany) and Santana delivered 15 points each to pace the winners. Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) responded with 16 points for Mexico. Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) topscored with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.


Recap of Day 2 in Veracruz - Nov 26, 2014

Group A
Jamaica - Cuba 66-79
Cuba opened win count at the Central American and the Caribbean Games in Mexico. They defeated Jamaica in Group A. Osmel Oliva (178-PG-87) came up with 20 points to lead the winners. Cuba registered a 14:8 lead after the first period. They stayed in front throughout the second frame. Cuba piled up a 33:22 halftime lead. They went on a 23:13 run in the third term to clear off for good. Justiz and Lisvan Valdez (195-G/F-88) accounted for 17 points each for Cuba. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) responded with game-high 30 points for Jamaica. Damian Staple (201-F/C-80, agency: Marcher Sports, college: Iowa St.) had 9 points in the loss.

Group B
Dominican Republic - Costa Rica 83-73
Dominican Republic accounted for the first victory at the Central American and the Caribbean Games. They held off Costa Rica for 1-1 record in Group B. Edward Santana (203-F-80) had 16 points to pace the winning side. Dominican Republic held on to a narrow 3-point lead ten minutes into the game. But they used a 28:8 run in the second period to clear off. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Dominican Republic enjoyed a safe 23-point cushion at the final break. Costa Rica cut the distance in the fourth period but could not avoid the second straight defeat at the tournament. Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) tossed in 15 points, while Victor Liz (188-SG-88, agency: Duran International) and Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) added 12 points each for the winners. Daniel Simmons (194-F/C-80) responded with 20 points for Costa Rica. Hernold Gardener (205-C-82, college: Lon Morris JC) had 17 points in the loss.

Panama - Mexico 79-73
Panama celebrated the second straight victory at the CAC Games. They toppled hosting Mexico to stay perfect in Group B. Trevor Gaskins (187-G-89, college: Louisiana Tech) nailed 17 points to lead the effort. Mexico snatched a 20:19 lead after the opening quarter. But Panama pulled ahead in the second frame. The visitors secured a 37:34 halftime advantage. Mexico denied the deficit to knot things up at 56 heading into the fourth frame. But Panama unloaded 23 points in the final period and escaped with the victory. Jose Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) had 16 points, while Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) contributed 13 points for Panama. Carlos Toussaint (190-G-91) responded with 16 points for Mexico. Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) and Marco Ramos (198-F-87, college: Grand Canyon) chipped in 13 points each in the loss.


Recap of Day 1 in Veracruz - Nov 25, 2014

Group A
Puerto Rico - Jamaica 96-64
Puerto Rico victoriously opened their Central American and the Caribbean Games campaign. They fired past Jamaica in the opener. Carlos Rivera (187-PG-83, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra), Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) and Carlos Lopez-Sosa (208-F-90, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UNLV) had 12 points each for the winners. Puerto Rico unloaded 30 points in the first period to gain a 10-point lead. Jamaica slowed their opponents in the second frame. They pulled within nine points at halftime 50:41. But Puerto Rico fired 27 points in the third quarter to accumulate a comfortable 21-point cushion at the final intermission. Puerto Rico held their opponents to 8 points in the fourth frame and sealed a comfortable victory. David Cortez had 11 points in the win. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) responded with 22 points for Jamaica. Damian Staple (201-F/C-80, agency: Marcher Sports, college: Iowa St.) had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
Panama - Dominican Republic 93-87
Panama opened win count at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico. They overcame Dominican Repubic in opener. Levour Warren (196-SF-81, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Panama trailed by as many as 8 points after the opening quarter 17:25. But they stiffened defensively in the second frame. Panama held Dominican Republic to just 12 points in the period to open a 2-point lead at halftime. Panama sank 29 points in the third term to take a 9-point advantage into the fourth frame. Dominican Repiblic dropped 28 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) had 21 points, while Trevor Gaskins (187-G-89, college: Louisiana Tech) added 13 points in the victory. Gerardo Suero (193-G-89, college: Albany) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Dominican Republic. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) had 22 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Mexico - Costa Rica 82-53
Mexico eased past Costa Rica in the opening game at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz. Marco Ramos (198-F-87, college: Grand Canyon) posted 19 points to pace the hosts. Mexico opened a 21:12 lead after the first period. They extended the advantage at 19-point mark at the interval 42:23. Mexico stayed aggressive offensively throughout the third term. They entered the fourth frame up by 26 points. Costa Rica managed just 14 points in the final period to lose the game at the end. Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming) netted 15 points, while Fernando Benitez had 10 points in the win. Hernold Gardener (205-C-82, college: Lon Morris JC) responded with 20 points for Costa Rica. Carlos Quesada (198-C-85) and Kay Martinez chipped in 8 points each in the loss.



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