USA celebrate Gold in Sao Sebastian - Jun 21, 2012
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USA - Brazil 81-56 USA deservedly earned the title at U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They registered the fifth win in a row at the tourney to claim the Gold medals. USA overcame hosting Brazil in Sao Sebastian. Julius Randle (203-F-94) stepped up with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the winners. USA quickly started the game building a 24:16 lead. Brazil managed to slow down their opponents in the second quarter. The hosts cut the deficit to 6 points at halftime 31:37. But the North American team took over once again in the third term. They went on a 10:0 run in the third term to boost the lead to 18 points. Julius Randle was pivotal in the second half for the USA. He scored 14 points to help the team clear off. USA entered the fourth frame up by 16 points and never looked back on the way to the victory. Jarnell Stokes (203-PF-94) delivered 11 points, while Marcus Smart accounted for 10 points in the win. Arthur Fernandes (182-PG-95), Lucas Dias (205-C-96) and Matheus Pereira had 11 points each for Brazil.
Canada - Argentina 68-66 Canada celebrated Bronze medals at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship in Brazil. They held off Argentina in an exciting consolation final clash. Xavier Rathan-Mayes (193-G-94) stepped up with 16 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Canada eked out a narrow 17:15 lead after the first quarter. They stayed aggressive defensively and were able to protect the lead in the second frame. Canada ensured a 29:25 halftime advantage. Canada boosted the gap in the third quarter. The North American team entered the final quarter up by 6 points. Canada led by as many as 10 points in the fourth period but Argentina went on a 10:2 run to cut the distance to two points. They had a chance to tie things up but missed it and Canada escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Andrew Wiggins (202-F-95) accounted for 14 points and 11 rebounds for Canada. Duane Notice had 11 points in the victory. Gabriel Deck (199-F/C-95) replied with 23 points for Argentina. Lucas Gonzalez chipped in 9 points in the loss.
Mexico - Puerto Rico 75-73 Mexico finished their U18 Fiba Americas Championship campaign on a high note. They claimed a tough two-point win over Puerto Rico. Jose Estrada (190-G-94) came up with 28 points to lead the winners. Puerto Rico got to a strong start. They eased to a 23:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Mexico responded almost immediately. They went on a 24:13 run in the second quarter to draw things level at 36. Mexico slowly regained the lead. They fired 25 points in the third quarter to accumulate a 6-point lead before the fourth term. Puerto Rico worked hard to deny the deficit but Mexico hung on to snatch a difficult win at the end. Gabriel Vazquez (94) chipped in 13 points, while Kevin Lagunas produced 11 points and pulled down 15 boards in the win. Jerome Caraballo (95) replied with 13 points for Puerto Rico. Wilfredo Rodriguez netted 11 points in the losing effort.
U.S. Virgin Islands - Colombia 77-52 US Virgin Islands clinched the 7th position at the U18 Fiba Americas Championship. They defeated Colombia on the final day of the tournament to claim the spot. Khalid Hart (198-SF-95) stepped up with 20 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Virgin Islands held their opponents to just 5 points in the first quarter. The Islanders grabbed an 11-point lead. They stretched the margin to 17 points at halftime 30:13. Colombia improved offensively in the third quarter. They knocked down 25 points but Virgin Islands easily matched the effort scoring 26 to enjoy an 18-point lead before the fourth quarter. Virgin Islands maintained the lead throughout the final period and celebrated a well-deserved win. Justin Gray (198-F) accounted for 17 points, while Kyle Hodge had 10 points in the win. Tony Trocha (206-C/F-94) answered with 20 points for Colombia. Brian Angola netted 15 points 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 - 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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