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Day One in Cancun - Jun 22, 2011


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Group A
Mexico - Puerto Rico 68-78
Puerto Rico made it in Day One of the U16 FIBA Americas championship. They handed 78-68 loss to Mexico, who is the host of this event (Cancun). Both teams are together with Canada and Chile placed to Group A. Puerto Rico did a great job in the first quarter making 9-26 lead. They increased it to 24-44 until he halftime and Mexico was in deep trouble. However, they didn't give up and tried to catch up for rest of the game, but they didn't make it (27-23, 17-11).
Ariel Watson (95) was a key player for the hosts with 21 points and 11 rebounds. He reached valuation 26 and was the MVP of this game. Miguel Cartagena (186-G-95) scored 18 and Eliel Gonzalez (189-G-95) helped with 11 pts, plus 5 rebs. Jaime Villalobos (96) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. David Elias (95) and Jose Hermosillo (95) (6 rebs) netted 12 and 10 pts respectively.
In Day Two, Puerto Rico will meet Puerto Rico will play against Canada, while Mexico will try to grab the first win against Mexico.

Chile - Canada 51-96
Canada impressed basketball fans with their performance in Day One of the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Cancun. Canada smashed Chile 96-51 for 1-0 record in Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Puerto Rico and Mexico. Canada was way better team in this game and they made double-digit lead already in the first quarter (12-23). Canada jumped to plus 23 until the halftime and it was already clear who the winner of the game will be. Third quarter ended with 16-31 and last ten minutes 10-17 for Canada, who celebrated huge victory at the end.
Tyrell Bellot-Green (96) stepped up with 16 points in victory making all of his 4 attempts from behind the arc. Marial Shayok (95) (8 rebs) and Malcom Duvivier (95) added 13 points each. In Chile, Matias Sepulveda (96) delivered 15 points. Eugenio Luzcando (95) netted four less. In Day Two, Canada will meet Puerto Rico. Chile will take on Mexico (host).
Group B
Brazil - USA 70-105
USA demonstrated its power in Day One of the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Cancun. They blasted Brazil 105-70 for 1-0 score in Group B. Argentina and Costa Rica are also placed to this pool. Jabari Parker (95) came up with 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. He reached valuation 32. Jahlil Okafor-Benton (96) (5 rebs) scored 19 and Stanley Johnson (96) helped with 14 points. In Brazil, Luis Ricci (95) delivered 16 points. Lucas Dias (96) had 13 points and 7 rebounds.
USA opened the game in style making 19-33 lead. They destroyed Brazil in Q2 letting them score just 3 points for ten minutes. USA had 22 on the other side for huge 22-55 at the HT. All after that was just the formality and USA had no troubles to celebrate comfortable win.
In Day Two, USA will play against Argentina. Brazil will meet Costa Rica.

Argentina - Costa Rica 130-28
Argentina had a joyful Day One at the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Cancun. They destroyed Costa Rica 130-28 for 1-0 record in Group B. Except of Argentina and Costa Rica, participants of the same pool are also USA and Brazil. Gabriel Deck (195-F-95) exploded with 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. He needed just 14 minutes on the court to do this. Alvaro Merlo (170-G-95) had 16 and Lucio Reinaudi (95) added 14 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Adrian Chavarria (96) had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorer was Milton Jimenez (95) with 9 pts and 7 boards. Argentina took control on Costa Rica from the very beginning. They made huge 39-8 lead in the first quarter and continued with 31-4 for the next ten minutes. At that time it was already clear who the winner of the game will be and second half was just the formality (28-12, 32-4).
In Day Two, Argentina will meet USA, while Costa Rica will play against Brazil.   




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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
 Eric AYALA
  High School
  (193-F/G-99)
  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.
  (205-G/F-0)
  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
 Yago DOS SANTOS
  Palme.
  (175-PG-99)
  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
 Diego WILLIS
  Hermosillo
  (192-PG-99)
  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
 Samuel FERREIRA
  Bauru
  (187-SG-99)
  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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