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.
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.
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 - 9 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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