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Day One in San Antonio - Jun 27, 2010


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Kyle Wiltjer
Group A
Canada - Uruguay 76-52
Canada demonstrated nice performance in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. The Canadians blasted Uruguay 76-52 for 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Beside these two teams, participants of the same pool are also Brazil and Puerto Rico. Kyle Wiltjer (206-C) and Kevin Thomas (203-C) stepped up for the winners with 14 points each. They grabbed 7 and 5 rebounds respectively. Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) and Phil Scrubb (191-G) helped their country with 10 points apiece. In the loosing squad, Ivan Sebastian Loriente Perez replied with 18 points and 8 boards. Matias Guerra Monetti added 13 pts and 6 boards. Canada demonstrated its power at the very beginning. Kyle Wiltjer and his teammates opened the game strongly, especially at the defensive end, letting Uruguay to score just four points for ten minutes. They drained 21 on the other side sending a clear signal what we can expect from this meeting. Canada ended Q2 with 13-8 for comfortable 34-12 lead at the HT. After that, the Canadians slowed down and did not have any troubles to keep the safe distance. In Day 2, Canada will meet Puerto Rico, while Uruguay will take on Brazil.

Brazil - Puerto Rico 78-53
Brazil had a joyful Day One in San Antonio. The Brazilians outplayed Puerto Rico for 1-0 in Preliminary Group A, where also Canadians were too strong for Uruguay yesterday. Lucas Riva Amarante Nogueira was the leading player in victory. He spent 20 minutes on the court collecting 20 points and 12 rebounds. Nogueira was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 39. Raul Togni Neto helped with 9 points and 8 assists, while Durval Cunha (199-F-92) and Olintho Pereira Abrao Silva also had 9 pts each. In the loosing squad, Gary Browne (92) delivered 13 points. Their second scorer was Luis Quinones (93) with 7 pts. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that Brazil ended Q1 with 17-10, while Q2 belonged to Puerto Rico 12-18. After the breather, there was only one team playing on the court and it was Brazil. Nogueira and his teammates intensified defense and limited Puerto Rico to just 5 points for the entire Q3, while they nailed 26 on the other side. Question about the winner was resolved and Brazil later celebrated huge 78-53 victory. In Day 2, Brazil will play against Uruguay. Puerto Rico will meet Canada.

Group B
Argentina - Mexico 78-53
Argentina opened the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in style. The defending champion from 2008 had an easy job against Mexico celebrating 78-53 victory. Both teams are placed to Preliminary Group B, together with USA and US Virgin Islands. Fernando Podesta (204-C-92) top-scored for the Argentineans with 14 points and he also grabbed 10 rebounds beside that. Marcos Nicolas Delia helped with 12 points and 5 boards, while Pablo Perez (202-F-92) added 11 pts. In Mexico, Ruben Uzziel Regalado Corral collected 12 points. Rafael Buelna (202-F/C-92) had 11 pts and 9 rebounds. Question about the winner is resolved in the first half. Argentina opened the game strongly making 15-6 lead in the first ten minutes. Nothing has changed after that as Argentina still was great defensively, limiting Mexico once again to 6 pts for the period. Fernando Podesta and his teammates scored 20 for 35-12 advantage at the HT. Argentina slowed down after that, but still they played strong enough to keep the comfortable lead until the end. In Day Two in San Antonio, Argentina will meet US Virgins Islands. Mexico will take on USA.

USA - U.S. Virgin Islands 131-63
USA destroyed U.S. Virgins Islands in Day One of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Strong USA team is the host of this event (San Antonio) and they are together with USVI, Argentina and Mexico placed to Preliminary Group B. USA had nine players with double-digits in scoring against USVI. Austin Rivers (191-G) was the leading one with 18 pts. Quincy Miller (203-F/C) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. He spent 24 minutes on the court collecting 15 points and 17 rebounds. Trevor Cooney (191-G) and Le Bryan Nash (201-F) also helped with 15 pts each. In USVI, Aaron Brown (193-G-92) shined with 20 points. Merwin Potter (93) stopped to 14. First quarter sent a clear signal who will be the winner of this game. The powerful USA team drained 35 points for the opening ten minutes, while stopping ISVI to just 8. The only question until the end was how much the Americans will score and how big difference it will be. Second quarter ended 27-20 for USA and third 33-20. The USA team had another great quarter after that for the final 131-63. In Day Two, USA will play against Mexico. At the same time, USVI will take on Argentina.   



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FIBA Americas U18 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Canada
 3. Brazil
 4. P.Rico
 5. Argentina
 6. Chile
 7. US Virg.Isl
 8. Dominican R.
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nickeil ALEXANDER-WALKER
  CAN
  (195-G-98)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Alexander-W., CAN17.4 
 2. Brissett, CAN16.4 
 3. Porter, USA15.8 
 4. Figueroa, DOM14.6 
 5. Arroyo, CHI14.4 
 6. Wigginton, CAN14.0 
 7. Fultz, USA13.8 
 8. Aguirre, CHI13.6 
 9. Negron, PUR13.4 
 10. Jackson, PUR12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christian NEGRON
  PUR
  (200-F/C-98)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Negron, PUR13.6 
 2. Simmons, ISV11.6 
 3. Uchendu, BRA9.2 
 4. Allen, USA9.0 
 5. Pereira, BRA8.6 
 6. Brissett, CAN7.8 
 7. Claxton, ISV7.2 
 8. Familia, DOM6.8 
 9. Haase, CHI6.8 
 10. Bamba, USA6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Shaivonte GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER
  (193-F/G-98)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Gilgeous-A., CAN5.4 
 2. Fultz, USA5.2 
 3. Corvalan, ARG5.0 
 4. Aguirre, CHI5.0 
 5. Coleman, USA4.4 
 6. Ruivo, BRA4.0 
 7. Wigginton, CAN3.4 
 8. Young, USA3.2 
 9. Stevens, ISV3.2 
 10. Haase, CHI2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Markelle FULTZ
  (195-SG-98)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fultz, USA3.2 
 2. Gilgeous-A., CAN3.0 
 3. Brissett, CAN2.4 
 4. Corvalan, ARG2.4 
 5. Aguirre, CHI2.4 
 6. Alexander-W., CAN2.4 
 7. Lema, ARG2.0 
 8. Washington, USA1.8 
 9. Arroyo, CHI1.8 
 10. Porter, USA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicolas CLAXTON
  (201-G/F-99)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Claxton, ISV3.6 
 2. Negron, PUR2.4 
 3. Banks, USA1.8 
 4. Pereira, BRA1.6 
 5. Waldron, DOM1.6 
 6. Familia, DOM1.5 
 7. Bamba, USA1.2 
 8. Lorca-Lloyd, USA1.2 
 9. Thompson, PUR1.2 
 10. Allen, USA1.0 
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