Canada - Brazil 78-83 Brazil was better than Canada in the last day of the Preliminary Round in San Antonio. Thanks to this victory Brazil is No.1 of Group A with perfect 3-0 record and will meet Argentina in the Semifinals. On the other side, Canada dropped to second place with 2-1 score and will take on powerful USA team. Both, Brazil and Canada, already secured a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Raul Togni (184-G-92) was the MVP of this meeting with impressive valuation 46. He spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 34 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Lucas Nogueira (212-C-92) also was great helping his team with 13 points and 9 boards. Felipe Taddei (192-G-92) is another player with 13 pts in this win. In Canada, Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) shined with 20 points and 12 boards. Hero from the first two games, Kyle Wiltjer (206-C), this time stopped to 18 points and 5 rebs. Brazil did a good job in the first half. Raul Togni and his teammates created 16-20 in the opening 10 minutes and later jumped to decent 36-44 lead (HT). Canada had 8-point deficit before the second half and they had to improve. They were slightly better in Q3 (17-15), but they needed a way more against tough Brazilians. Both teams were good offensively in the last period, which once again belonged to Canada 25-24, but that was not enough for any better than 78-83 loss. The Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday. As mentioned above, Brazill will meet Argentina, while Canada will play against USA.
Puerto Rico - Uruguay 54-67 Uruguay outplayed Puerto Rico in the last day of the Preliminary Round. It means that Uruguay finished this stage as No.3 in Group A with 1-2 record. On the other side, Puerto Rico is still winless. Both teams failed to reach the Semifinals and will continue in classification games (5-8 place). Ivan Loriente (184-G-92) shined for the winners with 23 points. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) secured a nice help adding 18 pts and 6 boards, while Alex Alvarez (92) added 11 points and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Christopher Ortiz (93) had double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Emmanuel Andujar (92) had 10 pts and 8 boards. Both teams were pretty leveled in the first period, which still belonged to Uruguay 13-14. Ivan Loriente and his teammates took control on Puerto Ricans in the second quarter, what resulted with 25-36 lead at the half time. Puerto Rico was not able to reply for rest of the way and Uruguay had no troubles to keep its lead. Third quarter finished 12-13 and the last one 17-18 for the final 54-67 victory. In the first classification game Uruguay will meet Mexico. Puerto Rico will play against USVI.
Mexico - U.S. Virgin Islands 78-88 USVI celebrated the first win in San Antonio. With this one, USVI avoided the last place in Preliminary Group A (1-2) and will meet Puerto Rico in the first classification game for 5-8 spot. Mexico is still winless and will play against Uruguay. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) was totally the best player in this victory. He spent 34 minutes on the court collecting 39 points and 10 rebounds. With valuation 38, Brown was the MVP of this meeting. Rasheed Swanston (95) helped USVI with 12 points, while Merwin Potter (93) added 10 points and 10 boards. In Mexico, Kevin Acosta (175-G-91) shined with 22 points. Jesus Quintero (185-G-92) had 5 points less than him. USVI opened the game better making 18-23 lead after ten minutes of play. Almost the same picture on the court was seen in Q2, which belonged to USVI 19-23. Aaron Brown was unstoppable in offense and mostly owing to him USVI was 9-point up at the half time. Mexico improved after the breather and fished third period 23-20, but USVI stopped Mexicans on their way in the last ten minutes. Brown was still on fire pacing his team to 18-22 in Q4 for the final 78-88 victory.
Argentina - USA 67-88 USA and Argentina met in the last day of Preliminary Round in San Antonio. USA demonstrated better performance celebrating 67-88 victory and they finished as No.1 in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. It means that USA will play against Canada in the Semifinals. Argentina dropped to second place with 2-1 score and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Both, USA and Argentina, already booked a spot for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Quincy Miller-Scott (203-F/C-93) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Austin Rivers (191-G) and Patrick Casey Young (92) (5 rebs) netted 13 and 11 points respectively. In Argentina, Carlos Paredes (201-F/G-92) and Cristian Scaramuzzino (206-C-92, agency: World Sport Agency) delivered 10 points each. Except of the last quarter, USA was a way better team in this game. Quincy Miller-Scott opened it with nice 16-24 in the first ten minutes and later in the second quarter totally destroyed their rivals. USA limited Argentina to just 9 points in the second period, while they drained 27 on the other side. It was 25-51 at the HT and question about the winner was already resolved. USA continued in the same rhythm in Q3 ending it 18-28. They finally slowed down after that and Argentina used that opportunity to cut the deficit a little bit. The Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday.
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.
USA and Canada enter Final in Valdivia - 8 months ago
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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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