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.
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.
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.
USA celebrate the title in Bahia Blanca - 2 Years ago
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USA - Canada 77-60
USA celebrated the FIBA Americas Championship title. They edged Canada in the championship game in Bahia Blanca. The victory marked the third straigth title for Team USA. Jarred Vanderbilt (203-F/C-99) tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the champions. Canada got to a terrific start. They held Team USA to just 3 points in the first ten minutes to open a 16-point lead. But the USA slowly improved their performance. They dropped 46 points in the next two... [read more]
USA - Canada 77-60 USA celebrated the FIBA Americas Championship title. They edged Canada in the championship game in Bahia Blanca. The victory marked the third straigth title for Team USA. Jarred Vanderbilt (203-F/C-99) tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds to pace the champions. Canada got to a terrific start. They held Team USA to just 3 points in the first ten minutes to open a 16-point lead. But the USA slowly improved their performance. They dropped 46 points in the next two quarters to pill within 2 points 49:51. Team USA then followed with a stunning 28:9 run in the fourth quarter to capture the trophy. Gary Trent (191-G/F) provided 19 points, while Wendell Carter (206-C-99) added 11 points and 10 boards for the winners. Simisola Shittu (205-G/F-00) responded with 18 points and 14 rebounds for Canada. Rowan Barrett Jr. (195-G/F-99) netted 13 points in the loss.
Argentina - Dominican Republic 74-59 Argentina celebrated the Bronze medals at the U16 FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Dominican Republic in the consolation final. Lautaro Lopez (188-G-99) and Franco Baralle (177-PG-99) stepped up with 15 points each to pace the hosts. Dominican Republic eked out a 20:18 lead after the opening quarter. Argentina cut the deficit to a single point at the interval 34:35. But the hosts picked up the defensive aggressivness in the second half. They held Dominican Republic to 24 points in the second part of the game and rallied to the win. Jonathan Basualdo and Valentin Bettiga had 14 points each for Argentina. Alanzo Frink (200-F-00) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds for Dominican Republic.
Puerto Rico - Brazil 43-62 Brazil earned the second straight victory in Bahia Blanca. They bruised Puerto Rico to earn the fifth overall position at the FIBA Americas Championship. Kayo Mafio (198-PF-99) finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter. Brazil surged ahead in the second frame. They secured a 28:21 halftime lead. Brazil boosted the margin in the third frame. They accumulated a 15-point buffer heading into the fourth period. Brazil held their opponents to just 9 points in the final frame and sealed the win. Guilherme Braga (195-SF-99) accounted for 11 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Javier Quinonez (187-G-00) answered with 16 points for Puerto Rico.
Venezuela - Mexico 80-71 Venezuela beat Mexico to finish 7th in Bahia Blanca. Luis Mora (188-G-99) stepped up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Venezuela. Venezuela grabbed a 13:6 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Mexico cut the deficit at 2-point mark at the interval 26:28. But Venezuela unleashed 52 points in the second half and raced to the victory. Carlos Lenuz (187-G-99) delivered 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Alonso Landin (187-SF-99) replied with 15 points for Mexico.
Canada and USA to clash for title in Bahia Blanca - 2 Years ago
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USA - Argentina 119-76
Team USA claimed the fourth consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas tournament. They rallied past Argentina to book their Final appearance. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Markus Howard (185-G-99) and Jordan Brown (206-C-99) delivered 16 points each for the USA. The North American team erupted for 70 points in the first half to gain a massive 34-point lead. They did not slow down after the big break cruising to the victory. G... [read more]
USA - Argentina 119-76 Team USA claimed the fourth consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas tournament. They rallied past Argentina to book their Final appearance. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Markus Howard (185-G-99) and Jordan Brown (206-C-99) delivered 16 points each for the USA. The North American team erupted for 70 points in the first half to gain a massive 34-point lead. They did not slow down after the big break cruising to the victory. Gary Trent chipped in 15 points in the win. Agustin Perez (187-G-99) responded with 20 points for Argentina. Lautaro Lopez (188-G-99) and Nicolas Franco (204-F/C-0) chipped in 12 points each in the loss.
Canada - Dominican Republic 95-49 Canada advanced into the title clash in Bahia Blanca. They recorded the fourth straight victory at the tournament beating Dominican Republic in the semis. Rowan Barrett Jr. (195-G/F-99) tossed in 17 points to pace the North American team. Canada exploded with 45 points in the first half to ensure an 18-point advantage. Canada added 50 points more in the second half to ease to the victory. Noah Kirkwood (195-G/F-0) had 13 points, while Simisola Shittu (205-G/F-0) contributed 11 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Alanzo Frink (200-F-0) answered with 15 points for Dominican Republic.
Mexico - Brazil 69-80 Brazil posted the first victory at the FIBA Americas tournament. They rolled over Mexico in the classification round. Brazil will now take on Puerto Rico for the fifth overall position. Marcos Louzada (185-SG-0) stepped up with 19 points and 6 rebounds to pace the winning side. Mexico snatched a 16:14 lead ten minutes into the game. But Brazil quickly erased the deficit and posted a 48:45 lead heading into the fourth frame. Brazil went for 32 points in the final quarter and sealed the win. Pedro Barros (185-PG-1) accounted for 16 points and 13 rebounds for Brazil. Salvador Martinez (193-SF-99) answered with 18 points for Mexico. Alexis Martinez (193-SG-99) had 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
Puerto Rico - Venezuela 81-70 Puerto Rico beat Venezuela in the classification round. Eric Ayala (193-F/G-99) nailed 29 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and issued 6 assists to pace the winners. Puerto Rico piled up a 21:18 lead after the opening quarter. Venezuela erased the deficit and pulled ahead for a 34:33 halftime lead. They dropped 27 points in the third quarter to secure a 6-point advantage at the final intermission. But Puerto Rico responded with a 26:9 run in the fourth quarter to snatch victory. Fabian Rial (190-G-99) delivered 15 points for the winners. Carlos Lenuz (187-G-99) answered with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Venezuela.
Recap of Day 3 in Bahia Blanca. Semifinals are set - 2 Years ago
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USA - Brazil 123-83
Team USA stayed untamed at the FIBA Americas tournament. They cruised past Brazil to clinch the top position in Group A. Wendell Carter (206-C-99) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Team USA erupted for 36 points in the second frame to gain a 63:32 halftime lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Kevin Knox II (201-F-99) finished with 16 points, while Jalen Hill and Jordan Brown (206-C-99) added 14 points... [read more]
USA - Brazil 123-83 Team USA stayed untamed at the FIBA Americas tournament. They cruised past Brazil to clinch the top position in Group A. Wendell Carter (206-C-99) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Team USA erupted for 36 points in the second frame to gain a 63:32 halftime lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Kevin Knox II (201-F-99) finished with 16 points, while Jalen Hill and Jordan Brown (206-C-99) added 14 points each for Team USA. Danilo Araujo (194-SG-99) responded with 24 points for Brazil. Yago Dos Santos (175-PG-99) had 12 points in the losing case.
Dominican Republic - Puerto Rico 71-66 Dominican Republic clinched a decisive victory over Puerto Rico and made it into the semifinal stage. Alanzo Frink (200-F-0) stepped up with 16 points to pace Dominican Republic to the second victory in Group A. They grabbed a 19:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Puerto Rico lived up to the challenge denying the deficit in the second period. They accounted for a 32:31 halftime advantage. But Dominican Republic stepped on the gas in the second half. They dropped 40 points after the big break and ensured a key victory. Miguel Diaz (192-G/F-99) finished with 13 points for the winners. Eric Ayala (193-F/G-99) responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Puerto Rico. Jose Placer (185-G-0) chipped in 20 points in the loss.
Argentina - Canada 62-76 Canada registered the third consecutive victory in Bahia Blanca. They upset hosting Argentina to enter the semifinal stage undefeated. Simisola Shittu (205-G/F-0) paced well-balanced effort with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Canada got to a strong start. They rallied to a 25:16 advantage after ten minutes. Argentina narrowed the distance at 3-point mark at the interval 33:36. But Canada held Argentina to 29 points after the big break and marched to the victory. Danilo Djuricic (200-F-99) and Ignas Brazdeikis (198-G/F-99) posted 13 points each for Canada. Lautaro Lopez (188-G-99) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Argentina.
Mexico - Venezuela 88-70 Mexico earned the opening victory in Bahia Blanca. They toppled Venezuela for 1-2 record in Group B. Salvador Martinez (193-SF-99) delivered 15 points to lead the winners. Mexico established a 41:31 halftime lead. Mexico unleashed 35 points in the third quarter to open a 23-point lead. They never looked back cruising to the victory in the fourth quarter. Diego Willis (192-PG-99) accounted for 13 points, 7 assists and 6 steals, while Jorge De La Serna (200-PF-0) and Alonso Landin (187-SF-99) added 11 points apiece for Mexico. Gabriel Pino (194-F/G-99) and Carlos Lenuz (187-G-99) responded with 15 points each for Venezuela.
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