USA - Brazil 81-78 USA outsmarted Brazil 81-78 winning the Gold in San Antonio. USA had to work very hard in order to take the Big Final and they made it. It means that USA finished FIBA Americas U18 Championship with perfect 5-0 record. Silver medal belongs to Brazil. It is important to mention that both teams booked a spot for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Kyrie Irving (191-G) shined for USA with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Austin Rivers (191-G) helped with 19 points, while Vander Blue (191-G) added 13. Quincy Miller-Scott (203-F/C-93) registered double-double of 11 points and 12 boards. In Brazil, Lucas Nogueira (212-C-92) shined with 22 points and 14 boards. Felipe Vezaro (190-G-92) followed him with 17 pts. USA grabbed the title thanks to great performance in the last quarter. The Americans entered to the last ten minutes with 5-point deficit, but they managed to tie the score quickly and later finished Q4 with 23-15. Of course, that was enough for the Gold in San Antonio. Before the last period, everything looked good for Brazil who was 34-35- up at the half time (22-15 Q1, 12-20 Q2). In third frame both teams were on fire, but Canadians scored 28, while USA stopped on 24 pts. However, that was not enough for Canada as Kyrie Irving and his teammates exploded in the last ten minutes taking the Gold medal on this prestigious event. In 2008, USA failed in the Finals against Argentina.
Canada - Argentina 86-83 OT Kyle Wiltjer (206-C) made a three pointer with 1.7 seconds left in overtime to give Canada an 86-83 win to get the Bronze medal in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Argentina, who won the Americas title in 2008, this time finished as No.4. Both countries qualified for the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Kyle Wiltjer was the leading scorer in Canada with 27 points. Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) secured a nice help and was close to make triple-double: 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists. Julian Clarke (191-G) added 14 pts. In the loosing squad, Carlos Paredes (201-F/G-92) shined with 28 points and 8 rebounds. He was the MVP of this game with valuation 28. Marcos Delia (207-C-92) had 11 pts and 7 boards. Argentina was a better team at the beginning as they made 10-15 lead in the first quarter. Canada slightly improved in Q2, but still it was Argentina who ended it with 17-19. It means that Carlos Paredes and his teammates were decent 7-point up at the half time and were looking good. Third period ended with 18-18 tie and Argentina was on the right way to victory. However, Canadians exploded in the last quarter and mostly owing to Kyle Wiltjer finished it with 26-19, for 71-71 tie at the end of regular time. Both teams were leveled in OT, until the last 1.7 seconds when Wiltjer drained a winning triple for Canada.
Uruguay - Puerto Rico 78-64 Uruguay outplayed Puerto Rico 78-64 to finish as No.5 in San Antonio. Uruguay ended this event with decent 3-2 record. On the other side, Puerto Rico had only one victory also in five appearances. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) shined for the winners with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Calfani earned the MVP title for this meeting reaching valuation 34. Ivan Loriente (184-G-92) was the second scorer in Uruguay with 22 pts, while Luciano Parodi (G-94) added 12. In the loosing squad, Christopher Ortiz (93) replied with 16 points and 5 boards. Emmanuel Andujar (92) had 12 pts and 8 boards. Uruguay was slightly better in the first period ending it 21-19. They took full control on Puerto Rico in the second frame and jumped to 39-29 at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather as Uruguay was better team in Q3 and Q4 as well. Puerto Rico slightly improved in that second half, but that was not enough against tough Uruguayans. At the end Uruguay celebrated 78-64 victory for the fifth place on 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Both teams failed to qualify for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Mexico - U.S. Virgin Islands 86-89 OT USVI grabbed overtime win against Mexico to avoid the last place at FIBA Americas U18 Championship in San Antonio. USVI did not disappoint at this event as they registered 2-3 record. On the other side, Mexico ended winless with 0-5 but they played pretty good in this meeting and were close to take it. Merwin Potter (93) was the leading scorer in USVI with 22 points. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) was the MVP in USVI with valuation 21. He collected 20 points and 11 rebounds for 28 minutes on the court. Javier Martinez (93) followed with 13 pts and 7 rebs. In Mexico, Kevin Acosta (175-G-91) was good with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Sergio Panduro (G-93) had 18 pts. USVI took control on Mexico from the very beginning. Merwin Potter and his teammates made nice 16-24 lead in the first ten minutes and until the half time they jumped to 32-42. Mexico drastically improved after the breather. Kevin Acosta was on fire and he paced Mexicans to nice 17-9 in Q3. They made 25-23 in the last quarter for 74-74 tie at the end of the regular rime. USVI was slightly better in overtime (12-15) and avoided the last place in San Antonio.
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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