USA - Canada 122-89 USA blasted Canada and advanced to FIBA Americas U18 Championship Finals. The powerful USA team scored 122 points in this game, what was more than enough for comfortable victory. They will meet Brazil in the battle for Gold. On the other side, Canada will take on Argentina for third place. Austin Rivers (191-G) was on fire in victory with 35 points. He made 9 of 12 attempts from behind the arc. Tony Mitchell (198-F) helped his country with 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving (191-G) added 12 pts and 7 assists. In Canada, Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) shined with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. He was the MVP of this game with valuation 39. Singh Bhullar (223-C-94) netted 14 pts. USA took control on their rivals from the very beginning. Austin Rivers and his teammates had wonderful first quarter ending it with 37-10 lead. Canada improved after that, especially in offense, but still was not able to come any closer. Actually, USA won Q2 as well (31-29) and went on the half time with unreachable lead. USA finished Q3 with 32-22, while the last one belonged to Canada 22-28. It was clear that USA slowed down in the second half as they already secured the Finals.
Brazil - Argentina 70-56 Brazil was too strong for Argentina in the Semifinals and will meet USA in the battle for Gold. Brazil stretched its wining streak in San Antonio to four, but they will take on powerful USA, who also has 4-0 so far. On the other side, Argentina will fight for third place against Canada. As a reminder, all semifinalists already booked a spot for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Lucas Nogueira (212-C-92) paced Brazil to victory with double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 31. Felipe Taddei (192-G-92) was the second scorer in victory with 11 pts. In the loosing squad, Patricio Garino (196-G/F-93) delivered 10 points. Lucas Machuca (185-G-92) stopped on one less. Argentina was the team who dominated at the beginning. Argentineans shined in the first quarter taking nice 8-15 lead. Brazil replied with 14-11 in the second period for minus four at the half time. Third frame was pretty leveled, but it was Brazil who ended it 20-19. Argentina still had the lead and could not imagine what will happen to them in the last ten minutes. Brazilians destroyed Argentina with impressive 28-11 and finished this game with comfortable 70-56 victory! Both, the Big Final and Bronze medal game are scheduled for Wednesday.
Uruguay - Mexico 106-63 Uruguay grabbed the second victory in San Antonio. This time, it was a Classification Round and Uruguay was better than Mexico. In order to take the fifth place at this event, Uruguay will have to beat Puerto Rico. On the other side, if Mexico wants to avoid the last place at FIBA Americas U18 Championship, they will have to beat U.S. Virgin Islands. Both games are scheduled for Wednesday. Ivan Loriente (184-G-92) stepped up for Uruguay in this victory with 26 points. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) also was great adding 21 points and 5 boards. Diego Garcia (183-G-92) (7 rebs, 6 as) and Juan Modernell (92) added 10 pts each. In Mexico, Juan Rangel (93) collected 25 points. Kevin Acosta (175-G-91) followed him with 13 points and 7 boards. Uruguay dominated in this game from the very beginning. Ivan Loriente and his teammates played great defense, limiting Mexico to just 7 points for 10 minutes of play. On the other side, Uruguay drained 28 and already was 21-point up. During the second frame they jumped to 51-21 and the game winner was already known. Nothing has changed after the breather, despite Uruguay already had victory in their pocket. They ended Q3 with 23-19 and the last one with 32-23 for the final 106-63 win.
U.S. Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico 79-87 Puerto Rico made the first step forward to fifth place in San Antonio. The Puerto Ricans outplayed USVI 79-87 and will meet Uruguay in the last day of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship. At the same time, USVI will meet Mexico and will try to avoid the last place at this event. Christopher Ortiz (93) was the leading player in Puerto Rico with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Dejuan Marrero (93) secured a nice help adding 13 pts and 6 boards for the winners. Angel Matias (93) (7 rebs) and Gary Browne (92) helped with 12 points each. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) shined for the USVI with 31 points and 6 boards. He reached valuation 25 in this meeting. Merwin Potter (93) had 18 pts. Puerto Rico opened the game strongly making the crucial lead in Q1. Christopher Ortiz and his teammates shined at the both sides of the court and managed to finish first ten minutes with excellent 13-28. That turned out as too much for USVI, who managed to cut the deficit for rest of the way, but not to take the lead. USVI ended Q2 with 20-19 and they also won third period, but with 17-15 and still needed a way more. Puerto Ricans were calm and they managed to keep their lead in the last quarter, despite USVI ended it with 29-25. At the end, nice 79-87 victory for Puerto Rico, who will continue their battle for position No.7.
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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