Puerto Rico - Canada 83-100 Canada outplayed Puerto Rico in Day Two of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. With this victory the Canadians jumped to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A and not only that. With this win they secured a spot for the Semifinals and also for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Kyle Wiltjer (206-C) was the MVP of this game with valuation 43. He spent 34 minutes on the court registering double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) was close to triple-double: 22 pts, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Kemy Osse (188-G) collected 20 points. In the loosing squad (0-2), Gary Browne (92) replied with 19 points. Angel Matias (93) had 12 points and 5 rebs. First and last quarter were the crucial ones in this game. The Canadians were on fire at the very beginning draining 31 points for just 10 minutes of play. On the other side, Puerto Rico had 20 facing with 11-point deficits before the second frame. Puerto Ricans improved after that, but it was not enough at all. Puerto Rico finished Q2 with 25-24, while Q3 belonged to Canada 18-19. The Canadians closed this game with another nice period (20-26) for the final 83-100 victory. In Day Three, Canada will meet Brazil. Puerto Rico will play against Uruguay.
Uruguay - Brazil 64-71 Second straight win for Brazil in San Antonio. It means that Brazil joined Canada on top of Group A with perfect 2-0 and both teams already secured the Semifinals. They also already booked a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Raulzinho Togni (184-G-92) stepped up for Brazil with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Felipe Vezaro (190-G-92) also had 14 points, but to go with 7 rebounds, while Durval Cunha (199-F-92) added 13 pts and 5 boards. On the other side, Uruguay (0-2) got 23 points and 5 boards from Ivan Sebastian Loriente Perez. Alex Nicolas Alvarez Silva delivered 12 pts. Brazil opened the game better taking 14-18 lead after ten minutes of play. Uruguay players woke up after that replying with 20-16 in Q2. It means that the teams were totally leveled at the half time with 34-34 tie. Nothing has changed after third period as it finished 14-14. Thus, the game was decided in the last ten minutes. The Brazilians exploded when it was the most important and mostly owing to trio Raulzinho Togni, Felipe Vezaro and Durval Cunha finished it with nice 16-23 for the second straight win in San Antonio. In Day Three, Brazil will meet Canada in the battle for first place in Group A. At the same time, Uruguay will meet also winless Puerto Rico.
U.S. Virgin Islands - Argentina 50-82 Argentina had an easy job against USVI in Day Two of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Thanks to this win Argentina already secured the Semifinals at this event and also booked a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. On the other side, USVI dropped to 0-2 in Group A with no chance to reach the Semis. Lucas Machuca (185-G-92) top-scored in victory with 14 points. Fernando Podesta (204-C-92) had 10 points and 5 rebounds, while Juan Giaveno (175-G-92) added 10 points and 5 assists. In USVI, Aaron Brown (193-G-92) shined with 14 points and 5 boards. He was the only one with double-digits in scoring. Argentina had an excellent beginning at the both sides of the court. Lucas Machuca and his teammates made 12-24 lead in the first ten minutes and they continued in the same rhythm after that. For the rest of the first half Argentineans already reached 19-39 and the game winner was decided, despite there was 20 more minutes to go. After the breather, Argentina just confirmed its domination with 10-26 and Q4 was just the formality. In Day Three, Argentina will meet USA in the battle for the first place in Group B. USVI will take on Mexico. Both teams are winless so far.
USA - Mexico 114-38 USA had no mercy for Mexico jumping to 2-0 in San Antonio. With this victory the Americans already secured the Semifinals and a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. USA had seven players with double-digits in scoring in this game. Austin Rivers (191-G) and Trevor Cooney (191-G) led the way with 16 points each. Quincy Miller (203-F/C) collected 15 points and 6 boards. Jereme Richmond (201-F), who had 14 pts and 10 boards, was the MVP of this meeting. Richmond reached valuation 27. On the other side, Mexico (0-2) got 7 points from Luis Quintero (160-G-92). Powerful USA team smashed Mexico in the opening period. Austin Rivers and his teammates drained magnificent 36 points for just 10 minutes, while stopping Mexicans to only 6. The Americans continued in the same rhythm finishing Q2 with 25-7 and Q3 with plus 13, 23-10. Mexico just wasn't able to resist as USA dominated in all basketball elements. Last quarter finished 30-15 for the final 114-38 victory. In Day Three, USA will meet Argentina. The winner of this game will finish the Preliminary Round as No.1 in Group B. Mexico will play against USVI.
FINAL USA - Canada 99-84 The USA repeated as FIBA Americas champions. They overcame their North American rivals Canada in the title game in Valdivia. Markelle Fultz (195-SG-98) stepped up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the champions. The USA eked out a narrow 48:44 halftime lead. They used a 27:19 run in the third term to boost the lead. The USA sank 24 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Paul Washington (208-C) provided 19 points for the winners. Nickeil... [read more]
USA - Canada 99-84 The USA repeated as FIBA Americas champions. They overcame their North American rivals Canada in the title game in Valdivia. Markelle Fultz (195-SG-98) stepped up with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the champions. The USA eked out a narrow 48:44 halftime lead. They used a 27:19 run in the third term to boost the lead. The USA sank 24 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Paul Washington (208-C) provided 19 points for the winners. Nickeil Alexander-Walker (195-G-98) answered with 25 points for Canada.
Brazil - Puerto Rico 59-58 Brazil stepped onto the pedestal in Valdivia. They snatched a narrow victory over Puerto Rico to earn the Bronze medals. Lucas Pereira (203-PF-98) delivered 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Puerto Rico recorded a 28:25 halftime lead. They extended the margin at 4-point mark heading into the fourth quarter. However Brazil triggered a 17:12 run in the fourth frame to snatch the win. Michael Uchendu (206-F/C-98) provided 12 points for the winners. Leandro Allende (198-SF-97) answered with 15 points for Puerto Rico.
Chile - Argentina 68-73 Argentina overcame Chile to celebrate the fifth overall position at the championship. Argentina piled up a 42:33 halftime lead. Chile narrowed the distance in the second half but came up short of victory at the end. Leonardo Lema (201-SF-98), Matias Solanas (192-G-98) and Lautaro Lopez (188-PG-99) had 13 points each for Argentina. Felipe Haase (205-F/C-98) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Chile.
U.S. Virgin Islands - Dominican Republic 77-63 US Virgin Islands wrapped up their campaign in Valdivia with victory. They overcame Dominican Republic to earn the 7th position. Nicolas Claxton (201-G/F-99) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. US Virgin Islands earned a 38:36 halftime lead. They followed with a strong 25:9 run in the third term to clear off for good. Jahmia Simmons (194-G/F-98) produced 16 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. Jose Familia (207-F-98) responded with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Dominican Republic.
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SEMIFINALS USA - Brazil 88-48 The USA advanced into the tournament's championship game. The defending champions eased past Brazil in the semis. Mitchell Porter (203-G-98) finished with 17 points to lead the charge. The USA built a 40:26 halftime lead. They erupted for 33 points in the third term to clear off to a 35-point distance at the final intermission. Jarrett Allen (200-F-98) netted 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the USA. Yago Dos Santos (178-PG-99) and Arthur Pimenta (198-F... [read more]
USA - Brazil 88-48 The USA advanced into the tournament's championship game. The defending champions eased past Brazil in the semis. Mitchell Porter (203-G-98) finished with 17 points to lead the charge. The USA built a 40:26 halftime lead. They erupted for 33 points in the third term to clear off to a 35-point distance at the final intermission. Jarrett Allen (200-F-98) netted 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the USA. Yago Dos Santos (178-PG-99) and Arthur Pimenta (198-F/G-98) produced 7 points each for Brazil.
Canada - Puerto Rico 83-66 Canada raced into the FIBA Americas Championship Final. They fired past Puerto Rico in the semifinal clash in Valdivia. Lindell Wigginton (187-PG-98) produced 22 points to pace the North American side. Canada recorded a 45:28 halftime lead. They exchanged baskets with Puerto Rico throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. O'Shae Brissett (203-SF-98) delivered 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Jhivan Jackson (182-G-98) responded with 15 points for Puerto Rico. Jesus Cruz (195-F/G-98) had 13 points in the loss.
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