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USA and Brazil to clash in the Final - Jun 20, 2012

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Canada - Brazil 62-66
Brazil will play in the Final of home U18 Fiba Americas Championship. The hosts held off previously undefeated Canada in the semifinal battle to set up an exciting clash versus the USA for the crown. Deryk Ramos (185-G-94) accounted for 18 points to lead Brazil to the crucial win. Canada got to a trademark strong start. They overwhelmed the hosts to build a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Brazil however quickly reacted and went on a 21:12 run to take a 39:35 halftime lead. Canada stiffened their defence and held Brazil to only 7 points in the third term. The North American team entered the final quarter up by 5 points. But Brazil dominated the final minutes. They outscored Canada 20:11 and sealed the victory at the end. Lucas Dias (205-C-96) provided 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Arthur Fernandes netted 10 points in the win. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) answered with 21 points for Canada. Andrew Wiggins had 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

USA - Argentina 107-72
USA advanced into the title game at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They fired past Argentina to post the fourth straight win at the tournament. Seven US player scored in double figures in the victory. Julius Randle (203-F-94) posted 15 points in the winning effort. USA set the tone early in the game. They erupted for 29 points in the opening ten minutes to take a 12-point lead. USA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They posted a 53:38 halftime lead. USA dominated after the big break. They ensured a 23-point lead with one quarter to go. The North American team did not slow down in the final quarter and rallied to a comprehensive win at the end. Rasheed Sulaimon (193-G-94) notched 14 points, while Shaquille Goodwin added 13 points in the victory. Ignacio Moreno (197-F-94) answered with 15 points for Argentina. Pedro Barral and Gabriel Deck had 11 points apiece in the loss.
Places 5-8
Colombia - Mexico 82-85
Mexico registered victory over Colombia in the classification round of U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They will now take on Puerto Rico for the fifth place. Colombia will face Virgin Islands in the 7th-8th place game. Colombia gained a 21:17 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained it throughout the second quarter. Colombia enjoyed a 44:39 halftime lead. Mexico however cut the deficit in the third term. They got within a single point at the final intermission 63:64. Mexico pulled their noses in front in the final quarter and they managed to protect a narrow lead to escape with the win at the end. Jose Estrada (190-G-94) accounted for 21 points for Mexico. Abel Miranda (94) added 13 points for the winners. Tony Trocha (206-C/F-94) answered with 23 points and 10 rebounds for Colombia. Brian Angola netted 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 5 assists in the loss.

U.S. Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico 68-71
Puerto Rican U18 National Team posted the first win at the Fiba Americas Championship in Sao Bernardo. They held off Virgin Islands in the classification round. Wilfredo Rodriguez (94) scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Puerto Rico will now take on Mexico in the fight for the fifth place. Virgin Islands got to the better start. They established a 19:12 lead at the first intermission. Puerto Rico cut the distance to get within 3 points at the interval 34:37. Puerto Rico surged ahead in the third quarter. They posted a 53:50 lead with ten minutes remaining. The teams went neck and neck throughout the final quarter. Puerto Rico however survived the challenge and eked out the initial win at the end. David Rosado (94) posted 14 points, while Abdiel Badillo contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) answered with 26 points for Virgin Islands. Kyle Hodge and Rasheed Swanston netted 10 points each in the loss.   

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USA celebrate title in Saint Catharines - 1 day ago
FINAL USA - Canada 113-74 USA are crowned champions in Saint Catharines. They drubbed hosting Canada in the Final on Saturday. Cole Anthony (188-G-00) came up with 18 points to pace the winners. USA unleashed 61 points in the first period to open a massive 28-point halftime lead. USA dominated in the second half and raced to a well-deserved win at the end. Quentin Grimes (196-G-00) and Matthew Hurt (203-SF-00) had 17 points apiece for the winners. A.J. Lawson (201-G-00) replied with 18...   [read more]

Canada and USA to clash for title in Saint Catharines - 2 days ago
USA - Argentina 104-92 USA advanced into Final in Saint Catharines. They outlasted Argentina in a tough semifinal clash on Friday. Six players scored in double digits for the North American side. Quentin Grimes (196-G-00) delivered 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. USA sank 54 points in the first half to take a 15-point halftime lead. Argentina did not allow their opponents to get away with an easy win keeping the pressure throughout the second half. Nevertheless the USA hung on...   [read more]

Argentina, Canada, USA and Puerto Rico enter semifinal stage - 3 days ago
Dominican Republic - Argentina 70-87 Argentina bettered Dominican Republic to stay in the title quest in Saint Catharines. Marcos Giordano (183-PG-00) delivered 35 points to pace the winners. Argentina fired 31 points in the opening frame to take a 17-point lead. Argentina maintained the lead in the second half to rally to the win. Juan Ignacio Marcos (187-G-00) had 14 points for the winning side. Alanzo Frink (203-F-00) replied with 27 points and 7 rebounds for Dominican Republic. Pa...   [read more]

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FIBA Americas U18 Standings
Group A
 1. USA 3-0 
 2. P.Rico 2-1 
 3. Dominican R. 1-2 
 4. Panama 0-3 
Group B
 1. Canada 3-0 
 2. Argentina 2-1 
 3. Chile 1-2 
 4. Ecuador 0-3 

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