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Centrobasket Standings
Group A
 1. Dominican R. 4-0 
 2. Panama 2-2 
 3. Jamaica 2-2 
 4. British Vir. 1-3 
 5. US Virg.Isl 1-3 
Group B
 1. P.Rico 3-1 
 2. Cuba 2-2 
 3. Mexico 2-2 
 4. Belize 2-2 
 5. Trinid/T. 1-3
Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  IVO
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Hodge, ISV20.8 
 2. Villanueva, DOM20.6 
 3. Arroyo, PUR19.3 
 4. Chiverton, IVB18.3 
 5. Harris, MEX17.8 
 6. Palacio, BIZ17.5 
 7. Pinnock, PAN16.8 
 8. Blair, JAM15.3 
 9. Ramos, PUR15.0 
 10. Barea, PUR13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  ISV
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Elegar, ISV11.8 
 2. Martinez, DOM10.7 
 3. Lloreda, PAN9.7 
 4. Balkman, PUR9.7 
 5. Trim, TRI9.3 
 6. Ayon, MEX9.0 
 7. Troyer, BIZ9.0 
 8. Penn, IVB8.8 
 9. Ffriend, JAM8.5 
 10. Pomare, PAN8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (181-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Barea, PUR7.0 
 2. Palacio, BIZ6.3 
 3. Arroyo, PUR6.3 
 4. Pineiro, CUB4.3 
 5. Arias, DOM4.0 
 6. Harris, MEX4.0 
 7. Hodge, ISV4.0 
 8. Munoz, PAN3.8 
 9. Pena, DOM3.5 
 10. Martinez, DOM3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Halstead CHIVERTON
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Chiverton, IVB3.0 
 2. Pineiro, CUB2.8 
 3. Pena, DOM2.7 
 4. Mariscal, MEX2.5 
 5. Scott, JAM2.5 
 6. Bass, IVB2.5 
 7. Smith, JAM2.5 
 8. Ayon, MEX2.0 
 9. Harris, MEX2.0 
 10. Palacio, BIZ1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  IVB
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Penn, IVB2.8 
 2. Ayon, MEX2.5 
 3. Ramos, PUR1.8 
 4. Richards, ISV1.5 
 5. Elegar, ISV1.3 
 6. Batista, CUB1.2 
 7. Little, ISV1.0 
 8. Balkman, PUR1.0 
 9. Carter, TRI1.0 
 10. Lloreda, PAN1.0 

Puerto Rico clinch 2010 Centrobasket title 

Puerto Rico 2010
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting Five
Peter John Ramos
Ramos
Jose Juan Barea
Barea
Filiberto Rivera
Rivera
Carlos Arroyo
Arroyo
Renaldo Balkman
Balkman
4 Peter John Ramos 222-C-85 Quebradillas Puerto Rico
5 Jose Juan Barea 181-G-84 Dallas M. USA
6 Filiberto Rivera 187-G-82 Isabela Puerto Rico
7 Carlos Arroyo 188-G-79 Miami Heat USA
9 Miguel Ali Berdier 198-G-83 Humacao Puerto Rico
8 David Huertas 196-G-87 Quebradillas Puerto Rico
10 James Life 194-G-83 Humacao Puerto Rico
11 Ricardo Sanchez 212-C/F-87 Santurce Puerto Rico
12 Nathan Peavy 203-F-85 Art.Dragons Germany
13 Renaldo Balkman 201-F-84 Denver N. USA
14 David Cortez 190-G/F-81 Capitanes Puerto Rico
15 Luis Villafane 208-C/F-81 Santurce Puerto Rico

Manuel Cintron Head Coach Halc.Rojos Mexico


Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket Awards 2010 - Jul 13, 2010

All-Tournament 1st Team
Carlos Arroyo
Arroyo
Milton Palacio
Palacio
Charlie Villanueva
Villanueva
Jose Lloreda
Lloreda
Peter John Ramos
Ramos

Best Player: Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) Puerto Rico
Best Guard: Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84) Dominican Republic
Best Center: Ramos Peter John (222-C-85) Puerto Rico
Best Coach: Manuel Cintron Puerto Rico

1st Team
G: Carlos Arroyo (188-79) Puerto Rico
G: Milton Palacio (190-78)
F: Charlie Villanueva (209-84) Dominican Republic
F/C: Jose Lloreda (201-80)
C: Ramos Peter John (222-85) Puerto Rico

2nd Team
G: Jose Juan Barea (181-84) Puerto Rico
G: Walter Hodge (183-86)
F/C: Gustavo Ayon (209-85) Mexico
F/C: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) Dominican Republic
C: Kimani Ffriend (211-77)

Honorable Mention
Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) Puerto Rico
Frank Elegar (206-C-86)
Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84)
Richard Troyer (196-F-84)
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) Dominican Republic
Allen Jemmott (195-G/F-80) Cuba
Omar Quintero (183-G-81) Mexico
Garfield Blair (196-G-87)   



Puerto Rico wins the Gold in Santo Domingo  - Jul. 12, 2010 
Big Final
Dominican Republic - Puerto Rico 80-89
Puerto Rico defended the Centrobasket title. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) and his teammates outplayed Dominican Republic 80-89 in the Big Final in Santo Domingo. Both teams booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic) and the Pan-American Games in Guadalajara. Carlos Arroyo once again was the leading player in Puerto Rico as he collected 23 points and 5 assists. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, college: Northeastern) scored 16 points, David Cortez (190-G/F-81) had 14, while Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) helped with 12 pts. For the hosts of 2010 Centrobasket, Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) exploded with 36 points and 11 rebounds. He made seven triples in this game. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) (8 rebs, 5 as) and Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) added 10 points each. Last quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Before that, Dominican Republic opened the game with decent 23-19 lead. Charlie Villanueva was on fire and mostly owing to him Dominicans made 24-20 in the second quarter for nice 47-39 lead at the half time. Puerto Rico finally improved after the breather. Carlos Arroyo stepped up for his team leading it to 17-24 in Q3. It means that Puerto Rico cut the margin to just one point before the last ten minutes and everything was open again. Puerto Rico played great when it was the most important and smashed Dominicans in the last quarter 16-26 for the final 80-89 victory and another Centrobasket title.

Third place
Cuba - Panama 74-75
Panama grabbed the Bronze in Santo Domingo thanks to 74-75 thriller win against Cuba. With this victory Panama secured a spot for the Pan-American Games in Mexico next summer. Both teams booked a ticket for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic). Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) shined for Panama in this game with double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds. He was the MVP with valuation 22. Joel Munoz (179-G-80) secured a nice help with 18 points, while Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) added 10 points and 11 boards. In Cuba, Orestes Torres (202-C-87) collected 16 points, 7 boards and 6 assists. Andy Boffil (192-G/F-82) had 15 and Allen Jemmott (195-G/F-80) scored 11 pts. Panama opened the game better. Jose Lloreda and his teammates dominated in the first ten minutes for 17-23 lead. Cuba drastically improved after that and limited Panamanians to just 12 points in Q2. On the other side, Cubans scored 19 for 36-35 turn at the half time. Panama replied after the breather and quickly grabbed back the lead. After 19-25 in third period Panama was 5 points up and there was ten minutes left in the game. Last quarter belonged to Cuba (19-15), but that was not enough. Panama was more concentrated in the finish to grab 74-75 victory and the Bronze in Santo Domingo.


Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to meet in the Finals - Jul. 11, 2010 

Dominican Republic - Cuba 85-71

Dominican Republic stays unbeaten in Santo Domingo. This time Dominicans outplayed Cuba 85-71 advancing to Centrobasket Finals, where they will take on Puerto Rico. On the other side, Cuba will fight against Panama for third place. Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) led the way for Dominicans with 16 points. Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) had 14 points and 6 assists, while Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) added 13 points and 5 assists. Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) had double-double of 10 points and 11 boards. In the loosing squad, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) collected 14 points and 5 rebounds. Lisvan Valdez (194-G/F-88) scored 13 pts. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Dominican Republic made two-point lead in the first half (17-12 Q1, 22-22 Q2). After the breather Dominican totally took control on their rivals. They exploded at the both sides of the court scoring 29 points in offense and at the same time limiting Cuba to just 10 points for 10 minutes. It means that Dominicans were up by 21 with one quarter to go. Cuba won the last ten minutes 17-24, but they needed a way more. Dominicans will meet powerful Puerto Rico in the Big Final, while Cuba and Panama will play few hours before that game. Both matches are scheduled for Monday.

Puerto Rico - Panama 77-70
Puerto Rico advanced to Centrobasket Finals after they beat Panama 77-70 in the Semis. So after a bad start and defeat in their first appearance, Puerto Ricans managed to beat all their rivals. Panama, who failed in this game, will meet Cuba in the battle for third place. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) was the leading player in victory with 23 points and 5 assists. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, college: Northeastern) was the second scorer in Puerto Rico with 22 pts. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) this time helped with 14 points and 10 boards. In Panama, Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) shined with 20 points and 11 boards. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) had 19 pts and 9 rebs. Puerto Rico had a strong start in this Semifinal game. Carlos Arroyo and his teammates drained 23 points for 10 minutes, while stopping Panamanians to 13. However, Panama shined in the second period and closed the gap to 39-34 until the half time. Panama was still on high level in Q3 as they finished it with 20-23 and everything was open again. Puerto Rico had to work very hard until the end in order to finish the last period with 18-13 and to reach the Centrobasket Finals. The Big Final is scheduled for Monday, as well as the game for third place.


Preliminary Round is over - Jul. 10, 2010 
Group A
U.S. Virgin Islands - Dominican Republic 88-98
Dominicans ended Preliminary Round with perfect 4-0 and of course advanced to Semifinals in Santo Domingo. This time the host of this event managed to beat the U.S. Virgin Islands 88-98. The ISV finished as the last ranked team in Group A with just one win. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) led the scorers in victory with 21 points each. Martinez pulled down 9 rebounds beside that. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) also was great in this win as he added 20 points and 13 boards. In the loosing squad, Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) collected 26 points and 6 assists. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) followed him with 20 pts and 5 boards. First quarter was pretty leveled, but still Dominicans won it by one (20-21). Walter Hodge and his teammates shined in the second period scoring 23 points against the strong Dominicans. At the same time, the hosts had 21 meaning that the ISV was 43-42 up at the half time and was looking good. Teams exchanged baskets after the breather, what resulted with 18-18 in Q3 and everything was still open. However, Dominicans had great last period as they drained impressive 38 points for ten minutes, while limiting ISV to 27 on the other side. It was enough for 88-98 win and perfect 4-0 in Preliminary Round. In the Semifinals, Dominican Republic will play against Cuba. Dominicans already secured a ticket for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Panama - Jamaica 55-51
Panama was too strong for Jamaica in the crucial game for Semifinals in Santo Domingo. Both teams ended Preliminary Round with 2-2 record in Group A, but thanks to this victory Panama grabbed the second place and advanced to Semifinals. Jamaica ended as No.3. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) shined for the winners with 19 points. Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) secured a nice help adding 11 points and 9 boards. Desmond Smith (199-F-86, college: William & Mary) was the last one with double-digits in scoring: 10 pts (6 rebs). In Jamaica, Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) replied with 14 points and 7 boards. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) added 11 pts. Jamaica was better in the first, while Panama dominated in the second half. Kkimani Ffriend led his team to 10-12 in the opening period and to 10-12 in the second frame as well, for plus 4 at the half time. Panama improved after the breather, especially in offense. Panamanians started to make shots scoring 19 points in Q3. They limited Jamaica to 14 on the other side for 39-38 turn before the last ten minutes. Jamaica tried to take back the lead and to win this one, but Panama stopped them on their way finishing Q4 with 16-13 for the final 55-51 victory. Panama will meet Puerto Rico in the Semifinals. They already booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Group B
Cuba - Trinidad and Tobago 90-60
Cuba destroyed Trinidad and Tobago 90-60 in the last day of the Preliminary Round in Santo Domingo. With this victory Cuba jumped to second place in Group A and advanced to Semifinals. Trinidad and Tobago ended as the last ranked team in this group with just one win in four games. Allen Jemmott (195-G/F-80) was the leading player in victory with 24 points. Orestes Torres (202-C-87) had 15 points and 7 boards, while Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) added 13 pts. Andy Boffil (192-G/F-82) helped his team with 12 points. In defeat, Ian Young (191-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: Auburn) top-scored with 18 points. Joel Haywood (186-G-84) collected 13 points and 7 boards. Cuba smashed Trinidad and Tobago in the first period. Allen Jemmott and his teammates were unstoppable in offense scoring 27 points, while their rivals stopped on just 11. It was a clear signal that Cuba will take this one in style. The Cubans ended second frame with 25-20 meaning that they were 21 points up at the half time. Trinidad and Tobago was not able to resist in the second half as well. Cuba ended Q3 with 20-19 and Q4 with 18-11 for the final 90-60 victory. Cuba will meet Dominican Republic in the Semifinals. Cuba also already booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic).

Belize - Puerto Rico 88-96
After loss in their first appearance in Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico managed to register three straight wins and to finish Preliminary Round as No.1 in Group B. This time Puerto Ricans outplayed Belize 88-96. Belize (2-2) on the other side ended this stage as No.4 and failed to reach the Semis. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) exploded in this game with 27 points and 7 rebounds. He was the MVP with valuation 26. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) (7 as) and David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) helped the winners with 16 points each, while Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: S.Carolina) added 11 pts and 12 boards. In Belize, Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) shined with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Kenan Raymond Jourdon had 19 pts and 7 boards in this defeat. Puerto Rico did a great job in the first period ending it with 15-25 lead. Belize players improved after that and managed to cut the margin to 38-45 until the half time. It was the crucial game for both teams and they gave 100% to take this one. Puerto Ricans were slightly better in Q3 scoring 24, while Belize had 22 points in this frame. It means that PUR was 9 points up before the last ten minutes, what turned out as unreachable for Belize. Milton Palacio led his team to 28-27 in the last quarter, but that was not enough for any better than 88-96 defeat. Puerto Rico will meet Panama in the Semifinals. Also, the Puerto Ricans already booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic).


Day Four in Santo Domingo  - Jul. 9, 2010 
Group A
Dominican Republic - British Virgin Islands 85-47
Dominican Republic blasted British Virgin Islands for perfect 3-0 record in Group A. With this win the Dominicans already booked a spot for the Semifinals. At the same time, IVB faced with elimination as they registered just one win in four appearances. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) shined for the hosts with 28 points and 5 rebounds. He drained 6 triples in this game and was the MVP with valuation 27. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped Dominicans with 12 points and 11 rebounds. They did not have any other player with double-digits in scoring. In the loosing squad, Trevon Lewis (G-82, college: Franciscan) delivered 11 points. Kleon Penn had 10 pts and 11 boards. Dominicans opened the game strongly making impressive 23-9 lead in the first quarter. Their defense looked great and British Virgin Islands couldn't do anything about that. Charlie Villanueva and his teammates stopped IVB to 11 points in the second period, while they scored 19 on the other side. Thus, after 20 minutes of play Dominicans were already 42-20 up and the game winner was decided. Third period also belonged to the hosts (21-14) and in the last one they increased their advantage even more (22-13) for the final 85-47 win. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Dominican Republic will meet the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Jamaica - U.S. Virgin Islands 71-65
Jamaica made a big step forward to Semifinals in Santo Domingo. Jamaicans were better than the U.S. Virgin Islands 71-65 jumping to 2-1 in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, ISV dropped to 1-2. Garfield Blair (196-G-87) was the leading player in victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds. He was the MVP of this game as well with valuation 26. Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) helped his team with double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) added 15 pts. In ISV, Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) top-scored with 19 points. Frank Elegar (206-C-86, agency: Buck Andre, college: Drexel) added 16 pts and 14 rebounds. Jamaica did a great job in the first half against the ISV. Garfield Blair and his teammates made nice 20-13 lead in the first ten minutes and were in control. In the second period Jamaica stopped ISV on just 10 pts, while scoring 18 on the other side for comfortable 38-23 lead at the HT. Third frame was pretty leveled as ISV slightly improved their defense and won this period 12-13. ISV shined in the last ten minutes (21-29), but they needed a way more in order to make a turn in this game. At the end, it is totally deserved 71-65 victory for Jamaica. In the last day of Preliminary Round Jamaica will meet Panama. ISV will play against Dominican Republic.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Cuba 73-51
Puerto Rico registered second straight win in Santo Domingo. This time Puerto Ricans outplayed Cuba 73-51 for 2-1 record in Group B. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) came up with 16 points, shooting 4 of 6 from behind the arc. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: S.Carolina) helped with double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. Balkman was the most valuable player in this game with valuation 19. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami (OH)) added 10 pts and 5 boards in this win. In Cuba, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) collected 9 points and 9 rebounds, while Yordanis Jaca (196-F/C-83) also scored 9 pts, but to go with 7 boards. Cuba dropped to 1-2 in the same group. Puerto Rico was a way better team in this game. They won every single quarter and had no troubles to register comfortable victory. In the first ten minutes Puerto Ricans created 20-16 lead. Both teams slowed down offensively in the second frame, which once again belonged to PUR (12-9). Puerto Rico had nice third period (20-14) jumping to comfortable 13-point lead after it. There was ten minutes to go and question about the winner was already resolved. Puerto Rico was in control finishing Q4 with 21-12 for 22-point win at the end. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Puerto Rico will play against Belize. Cuba will meet Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago - Mexico 52-75
Mexico registered second win in Santo Domingo and finished the Preliminary Round with 2-2 record. It means that Mexicans will have to wait for all Saturday's games to end in order to find out will they advance to Semifinals or not. At the same time, Trinidad and Tobago dropped to 1-2 in the same group (B). Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) stepped up for Mexico with 21 points and 7 rebounds. He reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) netted 15 points in this win. Trinidad and Tobago had only two players with double-digits in scoring. Maurice Joseph (193-G-85) and Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) had 10 pts each in this game. Mexico blasted T&T in the first quarter with 12-25. It was a clear sign who will take this game. Second period belonged to Mexicans as well (14-17), who were 16 points up at the half time. Trinidad and Tobago was not able to resist and Mexico cruised to its second win. Victor Mariscal and his teammates made 13-16 in third and 13-17 in the last quarter for the final 52-75 victory. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Trinidad and Tobago will play against Cuba.


Day Three in Santo Domingo  - Jul. 8, 2010 
Group A
British Virgin Islands - Jamaica 56-71
Jamaica had a joyful Day Three in Santo Domingo. After defeat against the hosts in Day Two, Jamaica managed to beat the British Virgin Islands 56-71 for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, IVB dropped to 1-2. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) shined for the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Andre Smith (188-G-80, college: NC-Asheville) had 15, while Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) added 14 points and 10 boards. Garfield Blair helped his team with 12 pts and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82) shined with 27 points. Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: McNeese St.) had 10 pts and 10 rebs. Jamaica did a great job in the first half. Akeem Scott and his teammates opened the game better making 9-13 lead in the first ten minutes. They managed to keep IVB with less than ten points for another period, while scoring 17 on the other side. It means that Jamaica was comfortable 18-30 up at the HT. IVB slightly improved after the breather, but it was enough just for minus 11 before the last ten minutes. Jamaica shined when it was the most important finishing Q4 with 20-24 for the final 56-71 victory. In Day Four, Jamaica will meet the U.S. Virgin Islands. IVB will play against Dominican Republic.

U.S. Virgin Islands - Panama 82-74
The U.S. Virgins Islands outplayed Panama 82-74 for the first win in Santo Domingo. It was the second appearance for the ISV, who now has 1-1 score in Preliminary Group A. Panamanians dropped to 1-2 (same as British Virgins Islands). Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) paced the ISV to victory collecting 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 26. Jason Edwin had 18 points and 6 boards, while Aaron Brown (193-G-92) netted 15 pts. In Panama, Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) was the leading player with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Jamar Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) added 12 pts and 5 boards. Second quarter was the crucial on in this game. Before that, the U.S. Virgin Islands made tiny 16-15 in the first ten minutes. Walter Hodge and his teammates exploded in the second period and totally took control on Panamanians. They intensified defense stopping Panama to just 11 points for the quarter, while they drained impressive 29 pts on the other side. Thus, ISV was huge 45-26 up at the half time and the game winner was already known. Panama was better in the second half (Q3 18-21, Q4 19-27), but still they needed a way more against tough ISV. At the end, it was totally deserved 82-74 win for ISV - first in Santo Domingo. In Day Four, the U.S. Virgin Islands will meet Jamaica and it will probably be the crucial game for both teams. Panama will have a day-off.

Group B
Cuba - Belize 78-94
Second win for Belize in Santo Domingo. With this victory Belize jumped on top of the Preliminary Group B with 2-1 record. At the same time, Cuba dropped to 1-1 in the same pool. Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, college: E.Washington) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Richard Troyer (196-F-84, college: Utah Valley St.) also was great adding 21 pts and 10 boards. Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) was another player with double-double in Belize: 15 pts and 12 assists. Palacio was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 26. In Cuba, Orestes Torres (202-C-87) collected 18 pts and 7 boards, while Allen Jemmott (195-G/F-80) scored 17. Cuba was better team at the beginning as they made 21-18 lead in the first ten minutes. However, Belize drastically improved in the second period. Alex Carcamo and his teammates scored 27 pts, while they stopped Cuba to 15 for 36-45 turn at the half time. In third period Belize jumped to plus 12 and was on the right way to victory. Both teams were good offensively in the last quarter, which once again belonged to Belize (24-28) for the final 78-94 win. Belize will have a day-off on Friday. On the other side, Cuba will meet Puerto Rico.

Mexico - Puerto Rico 82-95
Puerto Rico grabbed the first win in Santo Domingo for 1-1 score in Preliminary Group B. Puerto Ricans faced with OT loss against Trinidad and Tobago in their first appearance, but they quickly recovered from it and managed to grab the first win at 2010 Centrobasket. On the other side, Mexico faced with the second loss at this event (1-2). Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) paced Puerto Rico to win collecting 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, college: Northeastern) had 15 pts, 6 boards and 12 assists in this meeting. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) (8 as) and Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) added 14 and 12 pts respectively. In defeat, Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) replied with 22 points. Omar Quintero (183-G-81, college: S.Nazarene) stopped on 16. Puerto Rico took control on Mexico from the very beginning. After opening ten minutes Puerto Ricans were already 18-27 up and were looking comfortable. Mexico was not able to resists and Q2 also belonged to Peter John Ramos and his teammates (17-23). Nothing has changed after the breather and Puerto Rico finished Q3 with 22-27 for excellent 20-point lead before the last ten minutes. The game winner was already known at that time and Puero Rico slowed down, what Mexico used to cut the margin to 13 pts. In Day Four, Puerto Rico will play against Cuba. Mexico will meet Trinidad and Tobago.


Centrobasket continues today - Jul. 8, 2010 

The 2010 Centrobasket Championship for Men continues today with the game between British Virgin Islands and Jamaica at 3:30 pm. FIBA-Americas Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia, said that the game will serve as a test to see if the improvements done have solved the problems in the coliseum.

Many portable air conditioner unites and a blower have been installed in Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto. Also some practices have been held.

'We are going to celebrate the first game because the tests done at the practices are not enough. If the problems continue we will cancel the event,' said Garcia.

The lack of air conditioning and leaks in the first couple of days forced some of the games to be stopped.

If the schedule continues as planned, then Cuba faces Belize at 6:00 pm and Puerto Rico finishes against Mexico at 8:30.

Courtesy of FIBA Americas


Centrobasket Tournament has been suspended - Jul. 8, 2010 

Day 3 of the 2010 Centrobasket Championship has been suspended after celebrating the first game between the US Virgin Islands and Panama, which was stopped many times, after seeing the poor conditions on the court.

The lack of air conditional and leaks from the roof of Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto in the Dominican Republic have been consistent since day one and FIBA-Americas decided to suspend the rest of the games and ordered to correct everything inmediately.

In the last couple of hours a total of four portable air conditioning units have been installed.

Tonight at 10:00 pm a FIBA-Americas Evaluation Committee will see the imrpovements and decide to continue or cancel the tournament.

In the only game held today, US Virgin Islands defeated Panama 82-74.

If the tournament continues the games suspended today will be played tomorrow starting at 3:30 pm with the game between British Virgin Islands and Jamaica. Then at 6:00 pm Cuba plays Belize and at 8:30 Puerto Rico faces Mexico.


Day Two in Santo Domingo  - Jul. 7, 2010 
Group A
Jamaica - Dominican Republic 62-68
Dominican Republic was too strong for Jamaica in Day Two of the Centrobasket Championship 2010. It means that Dominicans stay alone on top of Preliminary Group A with perfect 2-0 record. On the other side, it was the first appearance for Jamaica in Santo Domingo. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) stepped up for the hosts with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had double-double of 10 points and 13 boards. Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) and Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) also netted 10 points each. In defeat, Roy Hibbert (218-C-86, college: Georgetown) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Garfield Blair (196-G-87) had 15 pts and 9 rebs in this loss. Dominican Republic was a better team in the first quarter as they finished it with 4-point lead, 17-21. However, Jamaica drastically improved in the second period, especially in defense. Roy Hibbert and his teammates limited Dominicans to just 11 points for ten minutes, while they drained 22 on the other side. It means that Jamaica was 7-points up at the half time and was looking good. However, Dominicans replied with 11-15 after the breather and everything was open again. The hosts of this event exploded in the last qarter (12-21) for the final 62-68 win and perfect 2-0 in Group A. Dominicans will have a day off, while Jamaica will meet the British Virgin Islands on Wednesday (Day Three).

Panama - British Virgin Islands 75-61
Panama grabbed the first win in Santo Domingo. After 63-56 loss in Day One against Dominican Republic, Panamanians managed to beat the British Virgins Islands with comfortable 75-61. It means that both teams now have 1-1 record in Preliminary Group A. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) shined for the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) was the second scorer in Panama with 13 points (6 rebs), while Joel Munoz (179-G-80) (6 as) and Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) added 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) and Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82) delivered 17 points each. Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: McNeese St.) stopped on 10. Panama opened the game in style making nice 27-18 lead in the first ten minutes. IVB players woke up after that and were slightly better in Q2 (16-19) closing the gap to 43-37 until the half time. Both teams struggled offensively in third period, but still it was Panama who ended it 12-10. IVB had to improve drastically, but they simply were not able to do it. Panama played another nice period (20-14) for the final 75-61 victory. In Day Three, Panama will meet the U.S. Virgins Islands. IVB will meet Jamaica.

Group B
Belize - Mexico 53-85
After defeat in Day One against Cuba, Mexico blasted Belize in Santo Domingo for 1-1 record in Preliminary Group B. The loosing squad has the same numbers now. They were too strong for Trinidad and Tobago in Day One. Omar Quintero (183-G-81, college: S.Nazarene) and Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) were the leading scorers in Mexico on Tuesday evening with 19 points each. Quintero had 8 rebounds beside that, while Harris dished out 7 assists. Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) and Pedro Meza (187-G-85, college: Arizona W. CC) helped with 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Belize had only one player with double-digits in scoring. It was Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) with 15 points (6 rebs). Third quarter was the crucial one in this match. Before that, Belize opened the game better making 15-12 lead in the first ten minutes. Mexico replied with 17-21 in Q2 for 32-33 turn at the half time. Than, Omar Quintero and his teammates exploded draining impressive 27 points in third quarter, while they managed to stop Belize to just 12. Mexico was looking good at that time having comfortable 16-point lead. Belize was not able to reply and Mexico finished last quarter with 19-25 for the final 63-85 victory. Mexico will meet Puerto Rico in Day Three. Belize will take on Cuba.

Puerto Rico - Trinidad and Tobago 91-97 OT
Trinidad and Tobago registered the first win in Santo Domingo. They failed against Belize in Day One, but after that surprised Puerto Rico beating them 91-97 in overtime. It means that Trinidad and Tobago have 1-1 now in Preliminary Group A, while Puerto Rico is on 0-1 as this game was their first one at this event. Steven Lewis (193-F) was the leading player in victory with 24 points and 6 rebounds. Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, college: Sacred Heart) also was great adding 18 points and 9 rebounds for his team. Ian Young (191-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: Auburn) scored 13, while Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) shined on the other side with 24 points and 9 assists. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) (9 as) and Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: S.Carolina) (9 rebs) had 17 points each. Puerto Rico shined in the first, while Trinidad and Tobago was better team in the second half. Carlos Arroyo and his teammates made 25-21 lead in the first ten minutes and later jumped to comfortable 50-36 (HT). At that time it seemed that Puerto Rico will take this one easily, but Trinidad and Tobago players had other thoughts. Steven Lewis was on fire and together with his teammates cut the margin to ten pointes before the last quarter (23-27, Q3). They totally took control on Puerto Rico in the last ten minutes of regular time ending it with excellent 11-21 for 84-84 tie. In the overtime the hard work and patience paid off for Trinidad and Tobago as they secured the game with a basket by Joel Haywood and two free throws by Ian Young with 24.1 seconds left. Trinidad and Tobago will have a day off on Wednesday, while Puerto Rico will meet Mexico.


Day One in Santo Domingo  - Jul. 6, 2010 
Group A
British Virgin Islands - U.S. Virgin Islands 59-50
The British Virgins Islands had a great start in Santo Domingo. It was a Day One of 2010 Centrobasket Championsip and British Virgin Islands were too strong for U.S. Virgin Islands 59-50. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group A, together with Dominican Republic, Panama and Jamaica. Halstead Chiverton (193-G-82) shined for the winners in this meeting with 23 points. Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) followed him with 14 pts and 6 boards. Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) helped with double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. He was the only ISV player with double-digits in scoring. Teams were totally leveled at the beginning and they finished first period with 14-14 tie. Halstead Chiverton and his teammates improved in the next quarter stopping ISV to just 10 points for ten minutes. On the other side, they had 15 for 29-14 HT lead. After the breather, IVB continued in the same rhythm and we can say that third quarter was the crucial one. IVB players finished it with 20-12 for nice 13-point lead before the last ten minutes. That last period belonged to ISV, but they needed a way more in order to avoid loss in Day One of the Centrobasket championship. In Day Two, the British Virgin Islands will meet Panama. The U.S. Virgin Islands will have a day off.

Dominican Republic - Panama 63-56
The host of 2010 Centrobasket Championship had a joyful Day One in Santo Domingo. Dominican Republic outplayed Panama 63-56 for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group A. Beside the above mentioned teams, other participants of the same pool are also Jamaica, British Virgins Islands and U.S. Virgins Islands. Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points and he had 6 rebounds beside that. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was the MVP of this game with valuation 21. He spent 33 minutes on the court collecting 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Elpidio Manuel Fortuna Lara helped the Dominicans with 10 pts. In Panama, Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) shined with 21 points and 5 boards. He was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Panama was slightly better team at the beginning. Danilo Pinnock and his teammates opened the game with 13-16 lead in Q1. They were in control in Q2 as well jumping to nice 25-34 at the half time. However, that was all from Panama yesterday as Dominican Republic was the team who dominated during the entire second half. The Dominicans made 13-9 in third period and for the last ten minutes they smashed Panama with 25-13. That was enough for the final score of 63-56 and the first win in Santo Domingo. In Day Two, Dominican Republic will meet Jamaica. Panama will play against British Virgins Islands.

Group B
Mexico - Cuba 62-82
Cuba cruised past Mexico in Day One of the 2010 Centrobasket Championship in Santo Domingo. It means that Cuba now has 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B, who beside these two teams also includes Belize, Trinidad and Tobago and Puerto Rico. Allens Jemont (195-G/F-80) stepped up for Cuba with 22 points. He made 4 of 8 attempts from behind the arc. Andy Bofill (192-G/F-82) scored 12, while Joan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) (6 rebs) and Orestes Torres (202-C-87) (6 rebs) netted 10 points each. In Mexico, Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) stopped on 15 pts. Cuba did a great job in the first half of this meeting. The Cubans were on fire at the very beginning and they drained 29 points for just 10 minutes. On the other side, Mexicans stopped to 15 and were already down by 14 pts. Nothing has changed in the second period, as Cuba still dominated and finished it 16-25. It means that Cubans held comfortable 31-54 lead at the half time and the game winner was already known. Mexico ended Q3 with 18-14, while the last one belonged to Cuba 13-14 for the final 62-82 victory. Cuba will have a day off on Tuesday. Mexico will meet Belize trying to grab the first win in Santo Domingo.

Trinidad and Tobago - Belize 71-80
Belize shined in the opening day of 2010 Centrobasket in Santo Domingo. The Belizeans managed to beat Trinidad and Tobago 71-80 for making the first step forward to the Semifinals. Both teams are together with Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico placed to Preliminary Group B. Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, college: E.Washington) and Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) were the leading scorers in victory with 16 pints each. Carcamo also grabbed 8 rebounds beside that, while Palacio added 5 boards and 5 assists. Richard Troyer (196-F-84, college: Utah Valley St.) helped Belize with 14 points and 9 boards. In defeat, Ian Young (191-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: Auburn) delivered 15 points. Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, college: Sacred Heart) had double-double of 13 points and 10 boards. Trinidad and Tobago opened the game better as they made 17-14 lead in the first quarter. Belize players woke up after that and for the next ten minutes managed to make a 38-40 turn. Third period was the crucial one yesterday as Alex Carcamo and his teammates totally took control on Trinidad and Tobago. They drained 23 points, while stopping their rivals to 16 for plus 9 before the last quarter. Belize had no troubles to keep its lead (17-17) and to celebrate the first win in Santo Domingo. Belize will play against Mexico in Day Two. Trinidad and Tobago will meet Puerto Rico.


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