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Semifinals - Jun 21, 2009

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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

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 1. ARG 0-0 
 2. BRA 0-0 
 3. CAN 0-0 
 4. DOM 0-0 
 5. MEX 0-0 
 6. PUR 0-0 
 7. USA 0-0 
 8. VEN 0-0 
Stage One Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  High School
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Ayala, High School19.6 
 2. Frink, High School18.0 
 3. Lopez, Villa S.17.8 
 4. Martinez, MEX N.17.6 
 5. Trent, High School16.8 
 6. Howard, High S.15.0 
 7. Barrett Jr., CAN N.14.6 
 8. Mafio, Flamengo14.0 
 9. Shittu, CAN N.13.8 
 10. Carter, High Scho.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simisola SHITTU
  CAN N.
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Shittu, CAN N.11.4 
 2. Djuricic, CAN N.9.2 
 3. Mafio, Flamengo8.8 
 4. Carter, High School8.8 
 5. Basualdo, Atenas8.6 
 6. Vanderbilt, High S.7.8 
 7. Pino, Columbus 997.2 
 8. Alvarez, MEX N.7.2 
 9. Frink, High School7.2 
 10. Brazdeikis, CAN N.7.2 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Dos Santos, Palme.4.4 
 2. Nembhard, CAN N.4.2 
 3. Jones, High School3.6 
 4. Willis, Hermosillo3.3 
 5. Barros, FIATC J.3.0 
 6. Lopez, Villa S.2.8 
 7. Ayala, High School2.8 
 8. Paez, Columbus 992.6 
 9. Araujo, Brasilia2.4 
 10. Vanderbilt, High2.4 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Willis, Hermosillo4.5 
 2. Jones, High School3.8 
 3. Rial, High School3.2 
 4. Dos Santos, Palme.3.2 
 5. Paez, Columbus 992.4 
 6. Martinez, MEX N.2.2 
 7. Pino, Columbus 992.0 
 8. Shittu, CAN N.2.0 
 9. Berroa, Pueblo N.2.0 
 10. Howard, High S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2
 1. Ferreira, Bauru2.0 
 2. Carter, High School1.8 
 3. Diaz, DOM N.1.7 
 4. Djuricic, CAN N.1.6 
 5. Ayala, High School1.6 
 6. Vanover, High S.1.5 
 7. Mafio, Flamengo1.4 
 8. Shittu, CAN N.1.4 
 9. Mirambeaux, DOM N.1.3 
 10. Franco, ARG N.1.2 
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