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FIBA Americas U16 2009 - Men Basketball



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Tournament of the Americas U16 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Argentina
 3. Canada
 4. Venezuela
 1. Brazil
 2. P.Rico
 3. Mexico
 4. Mexico

Tournament of the Americas U16 Standings
Group A
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. Venezuela 2-1 
 3. P.Rico 1-2 
 4. Brazil 0-3 
Group B
 1. Argentina 3-0 
 2. Canada 2-1 
 3. Mexico 1-2 
 4. Bahamas 0-3

Gold for the United States in the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship (Photo: FibaAmericas)

USA U16 National Team 2009
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4 Sterling Gibbs (6'1''-G-92)
5 Lynden Rose (6'2''-G-93)
6 Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92)
7 Chasson Randle (6'1''-G-92)
8 Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93)
9 Brandan Kearney (6'4''-G-92)
10 Justin Anderson (6'5''-G/F-93)
11 Adonis Thomas (6'6''-F-92)
12 James McAdoo (6'9''-F-92)
13 Johnny O'Bryant III (6'10''-C-92)
14 Virgil Parker (6'8''-C-93)
15 Andre Drummond (6'10''-C-93)

USA U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship  - Jun. 22, 2009 
FINALArgentina U16-United States of America U16 87:101

The United States of America U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship by beating Argentina 101:87. The winners looked great throughout the whole tournament and rightfully deserved the top place. Both teams as well as Canada qualified directly for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Hamburg, Germany.
That was a good start of the Final for the undefeated teams of the tournament. The first two quarters were the same both in scenario and the score. The United States broke the tie quickly with a three pointer and finished up 25:18. In the beginning of the second period USA made an 11-0 run to take a 36:21 lead. Led by James McAdoo and Brad Beal the team enjoyed 50:36 at the halftime.
In the third period the United States of America U16 dominated the court as well as increased the lead to 21 points. They could start celebrating at that time and actually slowed down a bit in the last frame. Argentina U16 meanwhile produced a 35-28 in the last period and managed to reduce the gap.
Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) paced all the winners with 26 points to clinch Gold with his team. Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) ended up with 22 points, while Mc Adoo James posted 20. Luciano Massarelli (-G-93) finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort. Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) netted 17 and Herrera Hernan scored 12.

Argentina U16:
Luciano Massarelli 18, Tomas Zanzotera 17, Herrera Hernan 12
United States of America U16:
Brad Beal 26, Quinn Cook 22, Mc Adoo James 20


Game for the 3rd place
Canada U16-Venezuela U16 106:81
Canada U16 won over Venezuela U16 to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. The North American team grabbed the Bronze medal game of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
The game between Canada U16 and Venezuela U16 became not only the game for the third place, however for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship ticket as well. Canada opened the game with 11-2 run to take 23;10 lead after the opening quarter. Venezuela U16 started to play better in the second period however could not catch up the opponents. Canada won 21-19 to finish the first half up 44:29. Led by Nicholas Lewis and Duane Notice the winners went to the lockers with 15-point advantage.
The teams struggled hard in the third period coming back from the lockers as Canada still held the lead. Moreover the team from North America never looked behind and increased the lead. A 29-23 gave them 21 points to enter the last stanza. Another offensive 33-29 in the last period gave Canada the important win to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.


Canada U16: Kevin Pangos (183-G-92) 28, Notice Alexander 18, Jonathan Alexander-Guillaume (198-F-93) 17+10 rebs
Venezuela U16: Calatayud Jose 17, Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 17, Michael Carrera (-92) 16+12 rebs


5th place
Puerto Rico U16-Brazil U16 79:82
Brazil U16 clinched the fifth place at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship held in Mendoza, Argentina. In the game for the fifth place Brazil outscored Puerto Rico 82:79. Both teams fought for the lead in the final quarter but in the final seconds a three pointer by Leonardo Simoes gave Brazil the necessary win.
Brazil took a 24:21 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The team looked much better than the opponents and started to extend the lead later in the first half. Brazil made an 11-2 run to close the first half up 48:33.
Puerto Rico however bounced back in the second half and produced 27-17 in the third period. it gave them 60:65 at the end of the thirty minutes of the game. Puerto Rico even played better in the last period and managed to come closer to the opponents. The intrigue remained in the court until the last minutes however Leonardo Simoes nailed a three-pointer to seal the win with his team.
Simoes Leonardo paced all the winners with 26 points as Brazil finished 5th in the tournament. Igor Avelino (190-F-94) poured in 18, while Martini Giovanni chipped in 8. Carmelo Betancourt (-92) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Gary Browne (-92) scored 21. Puerto Rico U16 finishes the campaign on the 6th position.

Puerto Rico U16: Carmelo Betancourt 24, Gary Browne 21
Brazil U16: Simoes Leonardo 26, Igor Avelino 18, Martini Giovanni 8


7th place
Bahamas U16 -Mexico U16 87:83 OT
Bahamas U16 handed Mexico U16 another overtime loss and escaped the last place of FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Bahamas U16 celebraed the initial victory to finish on the 7th spot after 87:83 over Mexico U16.
Both teams started even and desired to finish the tournament with a win. Bahamas enjoyed a 21-15 lead with one minute left but the Mexicans came back with a 6-0 run to close tied at 21:21. Again it was Bahamas that made an 8-0 run to take a 35:27 lead and finish the first half up 42:33.
The third period became the most productive for both teams as they managed to pour in 49 points. Mexico reduced the gap after 25-24 and hoped for the last period. Mexico returned once again and a quick 4-0 run after two free throws and a basket forced the overtime period tied at 74:74. Bahamas made a 7-0 run in the final two minutes for the initial win in FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Wannah Bail (203-C-92) was unstoppable with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Garth Brown (-G/F-92) finished the night with 23, while Rokeem netted 14. Ernesto Quintero (-92) top-scored for Mexico with 19 points and Raul Borquez (-93) nailed 16.

Bahamas U16: Wannah Bail 30+18 rebs, Garth Brown 23, Lewis Rokeem 14
Mexico U16: Ernesto Quintero 19, Raul Borquez 16


Semifinals - Jun. 21, 2009 
United States of America U16-Canada U16 126:78

The United States of America U16 qualify to FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Germany. Last night the team overcame Canada U16 126:78 to reach the Final of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The game was almost even in the first half, however the winners smashed the opponents in the second half to reach the Final.
USA opened the game with some quick baskets to take 17:5 lead in the middle of the first period. Later on the winners grabbed 35:21 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Canada however replied with an 11-3 run in the final two minutes to leave the first half score 57:48. The game was defined in the third quarter with a 30-5 run by USA to get an 87:53 lead. After 37-20 in the last stanza the favorites reached the final game.Adonis Thomas and McAdoo Ray top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Brad Beal nailed 18, while Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) posted 15. Nikolas Stauskas (6'4''-G-93) produced 21 points for Canada, while Alexander Arthur scored 14.
In another semifinal game Argentina rightfully became the Finalist of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team remained undefeated and beat Venezuela 66:58 to play for the gold medal against the USA. The win also ensured the ticket for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Canada will play for the Bronze medal game that will decide the last team of America that will qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Argentina will take on the USA tonight at the last game of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

United States of America U16: Adonis Thomas (6'6''-F-92) 19, McAdoo Ray 19, Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) 18, Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) 15
Canada U16: Nikolas Stauskas (6'4''-G-93) 21, Alexander Arthur 14

Argentina U16-Venezuela U16 66:58

Argentina rightfully became the Finalist of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team remained undefeated and beat Venezuela 66:58 to play for the gold medal against the USA. The win also ensured the ticket for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The winners started well and won the opening tip with 6:2. Even though Venezuela did not give up, Argentine kept 21:18 lead after the first ten minutes of the game. In the second period Argentina created a 9-2 run to take 40:29 advantage. Venezuela replied with 5-2 run to go to the lockers with 42:34.
The tempo slowed down in the second half as the teams paid more attention to defense. Venezuela reduced the gap a bit in the middle of the quarter, however Argentina produced a 5-0 run to go on 58:46. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus and
Alberto Carreras (193-G-76) tried hard in the losing effort and won the last period with their team 12-8, but it was not enough for the total success.
Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) paced all the winners with 16 points. Joaquin Tuero (-G-93) and Matias Bortolin (-C-93) followed him with 9 points apiece to seal the winning outcome. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus poured in 15 points in the losing case and Alberto Carreras collected 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Venezuela will play for the Bronze medal game that will decide the last team of America that will qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Argentina will take on the USA tonight at the last game of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Argentina:
Tomas Zanzotera 16, Joaquin Tuero 9, Matias Bortolin 9
Venezuela: Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 15,
Alberto Carreras 10+16 rebs

5-8 places
Puerto Rico U16 - Bahamas U16 82:74
Puerto Rican U16 National Team celebrated a tough win over pesky Bahamas to ensure the clash with Brazil for the fifth spot at the Fiba Americas Championship. Bahamas will now take on Mexico for the 7th place. Puerto Rico have earned just one win at the preliminary round, while Bahamas entered the game winless. And the first win for Bahamas never looked close as Puerto Rico surged ahead in the opening stanza. The Latin American team built a 19:15 advantage at the first intermission but could not maintain it. Bahamas came back firing from all guns in the second stanza. They outscored their opponents 23:10 to secure a 38:29 advantage at the interval.
Bahamas stretched the margin to as many as 12 points in the third frame however Puerto Rico found the way out. They pulled together to trim the deficit to a single point with ten minutes remaining. The Caribbean team controlled the tempo early in the fourth stanza as they restored a 9-point advantage midway through the frame. But Puerto Rico unleashed a decisive 21:4 run to crown the game and celebrated a spectacular though tough win at the end.
Carmelo Betancourt (-92) scored 22 points to pace Puerto Rico. Gary Browne (-92) added 16 points, while Kristian Medina (-92) had 11 points in the win. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G-93) responded with 23 points and 12 boards for Bahamas. Wannah Bail (203-C-92) came up with game-high 23 points and 23 boards in defeat.

Puerto Rico:
Carmelo Betancourt 22, Gary Browne 16, Kristian Medina 11
Bahamas:
Wannah Bail 23+23 boards, Michael Carey Jr. 23+12 boards


Brazil U16 - Mexico U16 83:80 (OT)
Brazilian U16 National team overcame Mexico to reach the game for the fifth spot at the Fiba Americas championship. They will now take on Puerto Rico for the position. Mexico will play against Bahamas to escape from the last spot in the standings. Brazil entered the game winless and seemed to head for another loss early in the game. Mexican team gained control in the first stanza as Raul Borquez (-93) went on fire. He dropped 8 points in the frame as Mexico accounted for a 24:15 advantage. Borquez continued to terrorize Brazilian defense in the second quarter as he added 8 more points as Mexico maintained the lead. Little changed in the third period as Mexican team looked calm and confident. Sergio Panduro crowned the frame with a three-pointer to give Mexico a 60:48 advantage after three quarters of action. But Brazil found the ways to recover in the final term. They were trailing by 4 points with under a minute remaining however buckets from Giovanni Martini and Luis da Costa tied the score at the end of regulation. Eventually Igor Avelino stepped up with back-to-back jumpers late in the extra period to propel Brazil to the initial win at the tournament.
Murilo Nocetti dropped 20 points to pace Brazil. Luis Da Costa had 12 points for the winners. Raul Borquez responded with 29 points for Mexico. Oscar Murillo (-92) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Brazil: Murilo Nocetti 20, Luis Da Costa 12, Giovanni Lomonaco 11
Mexico: Raul Borquez 29, Oscar Murillo 17


The End of the Preliminary Round  - Jun. 20, 2009 
GROUP AVenezuela U16 -Brazil U16 81:58

Venezuela overcame Brazil 81:58 to clinch the semifinal birth of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Venezuela celebrated the second victory to finish Group A with 2-1 record and will play against Argentina in the semifinals. Brazil finishes with an 0-3 record.
It was Brazil that had nothing to lose and could play their game. Brazil dominated the first quarter 18:14 and looked forward to keep the score for good. Venezuela responded however with a 9-0 run to take the lead 23:18 and finish at halftime up 38:26. Led by Anthony Perez (-94) and Blanco Key Israel de Jesus Venezuela U16 just needed a victory to take the semifinal ticket. In the third period the intrigue went to the end as Venezuela U16 played too good for the opponents. The winners produced 28-15 to take 66:41 advantage. In the final quarter the lead was never lower than 24 points.
Anthony Perez paced all the winners with 22 points. Michael Carrera (-92) collected 18 points and 15 rebounds, while Blanco Key Israel de Jesus netted 16. Scaglia Gustavo finished the night with 16 points for Brazil. Simoes Leonardo and Martini Giovanni poured in 11 points apiece in the losing case.


Venezuela U16: Anthony Perez 22, Michael Carrera 18+15 rebs, Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 16
Brazil U16: Scaglia Gustavo 16, Simoes Leonardo 11, Martini Giovanni 11

United States of America U16-Puerto Rico U16 126:73

The United States of America U16 easily won Group A of FIBA Americas U16 Championship. In the last day of the Preliminary Round the favorites smashed Puerto Rico 126:73 and advanced to the semifinals. The United States of America U16 will face Canada that finished second in Group B.
Puerto Rico opened the game with a three pointer and thanks to those baskets they stayed in the game for most of the first quarter. USA again showed great basketball and dominated the whole game as they won the first period 26:21. USA made a 14-0 run in the second quarter to take a 46:25 lead and finish up 56:33. In the third period the favorites produced 33-19 and the task for the last frame was to reach 100. They easily made it as the team posted 37 points in the period to celebrate 126:73 victory.
Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points as USA finished Group A with 3-0 record. Adonis Michael Thomas and Sterling Gibbs (6'1''-G-92) followed him with 17 points apiece. Gary Browne (-92) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Carmelo Betancourt (-92) added 10.

United States of America U16:
Brad Beal 18 points, Adonis Thomas (6'6''-F-92) 17, Sterling Gibbs 17
Puerto Rico U16:
Gary Browne 16, Carmelo Betancourt 10

GROUP B
Mexico U16 - Bahamas U16 84:73 (OT)
Mexican U16 National Team celebrated the first win at the Fiba Americas championship in Argentina. They toppled Bahamas in the extra period to improve at 1-2 record and clinched the third spot in preliminary Group B. Bahamas failed to post a single victory and remained at the bottom of the ladder at 0-3. Mexico will now take on Brazil in the 5th-8th spot qualifying games. Bahamas will play against Puerto Rico.
Mexico and Bahamas looked well-matched in the first half. The Latin American team grabbed a 15:13 lead after ten minutes of action but could not maintain it. Bahamas tied the game at 30 with twenty minutes gone in the encounter. The Caribbean team surged in front in the third stanza as
Michael Carey Jr. (196-G-93) led the charge. But Mexico reacted with a burst early in the final term to regain control. They cleared off to an 8-point distance midway through the term before Bahamas came back to life. They posted eight unanswered points to draw things level. Bahamas pulled in front 65:63 with 16 seconds left but Jose Vega (-92) rescued Mexico. He tied the score at 65 and went to the line for the win. The free throw attempt though rimmed out and the teams went into overtime. There Mexico registered a 5:0 run to clear off for good. Jose Vega knocked down 21 points and pulled down 7 boards to lead Mexico. Raul Borquez (-93) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Michael Carey Jr. responded with 26 points and 10 boards for Bahamas. Garth Brown (-G/F-92) had 18 points in the loss.

Mexico:
Jose Vega 21, Raul Borquez 19, Ernesto Quintero (-92) 16+11 boards
Bahamas:
Michael Carey Jr. 26+10 boards, Garth Brown 18


Argentina U16 - Canada U16 87:81 (OT)
Argentina clinched the top spot in preliminary Group B of the U16 Fiba Americas championship held in Mendoza. They outgunned Canada in overtime in the third round to finish the preliminary campaign undefeated. Argentina will now take on Venezuela in the semifinals. Canada also made it to the semis despite the loss. They clinched the second spot in the pool and would face the USA tonight.
The teams kept it close in the opening frame and finished it tied at 23. Pangos led Canada in the second frame as he accounted for 13 points in the half. His bucket capped the second stanza giving Canada a 41:40 advantage at the interval. Argentina struck right back stealing the lead from their opponents in the third quarter.
Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) ensured a narrow 59:58 advantage for the hosts after three quarters of action. The teams traded baskets throughout the final frame with neither side able to clear off. It all came down to the final seconds but it did not bring any final answers as the sides were leveled at 76 and headed into overtime. Argentina did not waste too much time in the extra period firing down the visitors and celebrating a tough win at the end.
Tomas Zanzotera and Carlos Benitez produced 17 points apiece for Argentina. Luciano Massarelli (-G-93) added 14 points in the win. Anthony Bennett (196-F-92) responded with game-high 24 points and 11 boards for Canada. Kevin Pangos (183-G-92) had 22 points, 5 assists and 4 boards in defeat.

Argentina:
Tomas Zanzotera 17, Carlos Benitez 17, Luciano Massarelli 14
Canada:
Anthony Bennett 24+11 boards, Kevin Pangos 22


Day 2 results and stats - Jun. 19, 2009 
GROUP ABrazil U16-Puerto Rico U16 81:83

The game between Brazil U16 and Puerto Rico U16 became the most interesting in Day 2 of FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Puerto Rico U16 grabbed 83:81 win over Brazil U16 to tie their record at 1-1.
From the very beginning it became clear that the teams would fight up to the end of the campaign. Brazil looked better in the first half and took 22:19 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The things got better for the Brazilian squad in the second quarter as they started to increase the lead. A productive 22-12 in the frame brought them 44:31 advantage at the halftime.
The game however was not over for Puerto Rico U16. led by Browne Ramirez Gary and Betancourt Carbonell Carmelo they became to reduce the gap and to dominate the court. Puerto Rico shocked Brazil 29-13 in the third period for 60:57. The last period became very exciting for the spectators as the teams remained alive for the victory until the last seconds. Puerto Rico grabbed the last seconds win to tie both teams records at 1-1.
Gary Browne was unstoppable with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Carmelo Betancourt netted 24, while Kevin Ramiu (-92) scored 9. Martini Giovanni ended up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Scaglia De Paula Gustavo and Alcantara Abbade Aguiar Faria Pedro scored 13 each, while Guimaraes Minuci Eduardo added 10.

Brazil U16: Martini Giovanni 17+10 rebs, Scaglia De Paula Gustavo 13, Alcantara Pedro 13,
Eduardo Guimaraes (185-G-92) 10
Puerto Rico U16:
Gary Browne (-92) 32+10 rebs, Carmelo Betancourt (-92) 24, Kevin Ramiu 9

Venezuela U16-United States of America U16 76:102

The United States of America U16 become the leader of Group A as the team celebrated the second victory in a row. The win in all the quarters against Venezuela U16 remained them undefeated in the group.
United States of America U16 started offensively and took the control of the court from the very beginning. The first quarter was finished at 26:21 as
Quinn Cook (-92), Mc Adoo James and Beal Bradley pulled their team up. In the second period the favorites paid even more attention to defense and as a result allowed Venezuela U16 to score only 13 points. USA meanwhile notched 22 to take 48:34 advantage at the halftime.
The tempo remained high in the beginning of the third period as USA dominated the court. A 26-18 in the third frame gave them 74:52 advantage after thirty minutes of the game. With 28-24 the team finished the winning campaign to take 2-0 in the group.
Quinn Cook paced all the winners with 22 points and Mc Adoo James added 15. Beal Bradley delivered 14 points in the winning effort. Michael Carrera (-92) top-scored for Venezuela U16 with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus collected 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Anthony Sanchez and Edyn Calatayud (-93) nailed 10 each.

Venezuela U16:
Michael Carrera 21+17 rebs, Blanco Key, Israel de Jesus 14+13 rebs, Anthony Sanchez 10, Edyn Calatayud 10
United States of America U16:
Quinn Cook 22, Mc Adoo James 15, Beal Bradley 14

GROUP B
Argentina U16 - Mexico U16 84:35
Argentinean U16 National Team posted the second consecutive victory at the Fiba American championship. They dismantled Mexico to remain on top of Group B. The win also propelled the hosts into the semifinal stage of the tourney. Mexico suffered the second loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the ladder winless.
Mexico tried to stay close in the first frame. They trailed by 7 points after ten minutes but then turnovers plagued the team. Argentina held their opponents to just 4 points in the second stanza to clear off to a 40:15 distance at halftime. Mexico could not pick up the tempo offensively as they managed just 9 points in the third frame. Argentina eased to a 40-point advantage after three quarters. The home team cruised to the victory in the final term.
Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) secured 16 points for Argentina. Patricio Garino (-G-92) finished with 15 points for the winning side. Raul Borquez (-93) responded with 11 points and 8 boards for Mexico. Ernesto Quintero (-92) added 7 points in defeat. Mexico committed 35 turnovers and lost the battle on the boards 34:63.

Argentina:
Tomas Zanzotera 16, Patricio Garino 15, Federico Herrera (-F-92) 12, Luciano Massarelli (-G-93) 12
Mexico:
Raul Borquez 11, Ernesto Quintero 7

Canada U16 - Bahamas U16 88:69 Canadian U16 National Team posted the second straight win at the Fiba Americas championship in Mendoza, Argentina. They rallied past Bahamas on the second day of the competition to ensure their semifinal birth. Canada will now take on Argentina for the top position in Pool B.
Canada rallied in front early in the encounter. Their offense worked hard to account for as many as 32 points in the opening stanza. It was worth a 26-point advantage after ten minutes. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G-93) kept Bahamas in the game as they showed some signs of recovery in the second quarter. The Caribbean team adjusted their defense and limited Canada to 16 points. Bahamas thus clipped the margin to trail by 23 points at the interval. Bahamas stayed persistent in the third frame as they got the rhythm now. They shot down Canada and got as close as 13 points from their opponents. But the North American team snapped the run from Bahamas in the fourth term. Negus Webster-Chan (198-G-92) helped Canada to run away to a well-deserved victory at the end. Webster-Chan finished with game-high 23 points and 8 rebounds for Canada. Kevin Pangos (183-G-92) and Anthony Bennett (196-F-92) added 14 points each in the win. Michael Carey Jr. responded with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Bahamas. Wannah Bail (203-C-92) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Canada: Negus Webster-Chan 23, Kevin Pangos 14, Anthony Bennett 14
Bahamas: Michael Carey Jr. 21+10 boards, Wannah Bail 17


Day 1 results and stats - Jun. 18, 2009 
GROUP ABrazil U16-USA U16 82:110

USA opened their FIBA Americas U16 Championship with an easy win over Brazil in the opener. USA looked much better in the whole game to take 1-0 record in the group.
The favorites took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. After the first 5 minutes USA already had 16-6 lead and then led to 26:15 at the end of the opening quarter. The United States of America team did not slow down and increased the lead in the second period as well. They produced a 28-22 to take 54:37 halftime advantage. Brazil however played better in the third period and as result they won the frame 21-20. In order to prove the superiority in the tournament and to be the leader of the group from the very beginning USA had 36-24 in the last period to win 110:82.
Adonis Thomas led the winners with 21 points while Bradley Beal nailed 19. Andre Drummond ended up with 16 points with 11 boards. Gustavo Scaglia De Paula produced 16 points in the losing effort and Leonardo Meindl posted 15.


Brazil: Gustavo Scaglia De Paula 16, Leonardo Meindl (191-F-93) 15
USA: Adonis Thomas 21 points, Bradley Beal 19, Andre Drummond 16 points and 11 boards.


Puerto Rico U16-Venezuela U16 81:87 FIBA Americas U16 Championship first game was played between Puerto Rico U16 and Venezuela U16 as the latter grabbed an important win in the opener. Venezuela used a productive second period to seal the winning 87:81 outcome.
Both teams started in a high tempo and stayed close to each other in the opening quarter. Michael Alberto Carrera shined for Venezuela, while Abdiel Badillo was in front of Puerto Rico U16. In the second period Venezuela looked much better and took a massive lead. A 27-15 in the frame gave them 46:34 at the halftime. The Venezuelans maintained a double digit lead in the third quarter that had finished at 24-24. Puerto Rico however closed the lead to 80:77 with two minutes remaining in the game. But Anthony Joseph Perez however made a three pointer to bring his team the win in the opener.
Michael Alberto Carrera top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 19 rebounds. Anthony Joseph Perez nailed 18,while Edyn Calatayud (-93) had 15. Gary Browne delivered 21 points in the losing case and Abdiel Badillo scored 15.

Puerto Rico U16: Gary Browne 21 points, Abdiel Badillo 15
Venezuela U16: Michael Alberto Carrera 26 points and 19 rebounds, Anthony Joseph Perez 18, Edyn Calatayud 15

GROUP B
Argentina U16 - Bahamas U16 106:72
Argentina opened the U16 Fiba Americas championship with a cruising victory over Bahamas. The teams got into Pool B together with Canada and Mexico and thus Argentina appeared on top of the ladder together with Canadian counterparts. The hosts did not waste too much time to stun their opponents in this one. They accounted for 17 straight points to start the game. Bahamas never came back to life in the opening frame trailing by as many as 24 points at the first intermission. But Bahamas refused to surrender. The Caribbean team struck back with a 14:3 run in the second frame to clip the margin. Argentina however stopped the bleeding and arrived at halftime ahead by 21 points. The home team started the second half confidently and dominated at this point. Argentina posted 30 points in the third quarter and raced to a 29-point lead after thirty minutes. Bahamas had no answer for the onslaught and lost the battle. Matias Bortolin (-C-93) (-C-93) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina. Carlos Benitez added 19 points for the home team. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G) responded with game-high 27 points and 10 boards for Bahamas. Travis Wildgoose (-F) notched 18 points and 7 boards in defeat.
Bahamas will play against Canada, while Argentina to face Mexico tonight.

Argentina:
Matias Bortolin 22, Carlos Benitez 19, Patricio Garino (-G-93) 16
Bahamas:
Michael Carey Jr. 27+10 boards, Travis Wildgoose 18

Canada U16 - Mexico U16 90:44Canadian U16 National Team got to an impressive start of their U16 Fiba Americas Championship campaign. The North American team faced Mexico in Group B opener. Canada left no chance for their opponents claiming a spectacular 46-point victory at the end.
Canada opened the battle with an 11:2 run to take the lead. They continued to dominate throughout the opening stanza and built a 25:11 advantage after ten minutes. Mexico could not change the complexion of the game in the second frame. They scored just 8 points and appeared trailing by 27 points at halftime.
Canada quickly built a 30-point advantage in the third frame and rolled comfortably. Mexico lost the battle under the rims and shot just 23% from the field. They never threatened the margin as Canada ensured the winning outcome at the end.
Kevin Pangos (183-G) notched 18 points and 6 boards for Canada. Anthony Bennett (196-F) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Raul Borquez responded with 13 points for Mexico. Oscar Murillo and Sergio Panduro had 5 points each in defeat.
Canada will face Bahamas, while Mexico will take on Argentina today.

Canada:
Kevin Pangos 18, Anthony Bennett 17+10 boards, Nikolas Staukas 16
Mexico: Raul Borquez 13, Oscar Murillo 5, Sergio Panduro 5



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