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USA U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship - Jun 22, 2009

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Argentina 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

USA celebrate the title in Bahia Blanca - 2 Years ago
FINAL 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]

Canada and USA to clash for title in Bahia Blanca - 2 Years ago
SEMIFINALS 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]

Recap of Day 3 in Bahia Blanca. Semifinals are set - 2 Years ago
Group A 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]

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FIBA Americas U16 Standings
Group A
 1. Brazil 0-0 
 2. Dominican R. 0-0 
 3. P.Rico 0-0 
 4. USA 0-0 
Group B
 1. Argentina 0-0 
 2. Canada 0-0 
 3. Mexico 0-0 
 4. Venezuela 0-0 
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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