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Day 1 in Colorado Springs - Jun 21, 2014


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Group A
Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 72-74
Dominican Republic got to the winning start of their U18 FIBA Americas tournament campaign. They topped Puerto Rico in the opener in Colorado Springs. Jhery Matos (191-SG-96) netted 15 points in the victory. Dominican Republic claimed an 18:16 lead after the first quarter. Puerto Rico erased the deficit in the second term and jumped to a 36:35 halftime lead. Dominican Republic regained control in the third term. They ensured a 56:50 advantage at the final intermission. Puerto Rico dropped 22 points in the fourth quarter but stopped just short of victory. Yerri Flores (188-PG-96) delivered 13 points, while Oliver Francisco and Jhonatan Araujo had 11 points each for Dominican Republic. Ivan Gandia (188-G-97) answered with 19 points for Puerto Rico. Leandro Allende chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Canada - Brazil 101-59
Canada registered the first victory at the U18 FIBA Americas. They stormed past Brazil in the opener. Dillon Brooks (201-F-96) stepped up with 29 points to pace Canada. Canada dominated on the offensive end right from the start. They unleashed 30 points in the first frame to gain a 10-point lead. They boosted the gap in the second frame. Canada registered a 51:32 halftime advantage. The North American team went on a 27:8 run in the third term and never looked back afterwards. Montaque Gill-Caeser (198-SG-96) finished with 20 points, while Christopher Egi had 14 points in the victory. Lucas Siewert responded with 17 points for Brazil. Tulio Henrique had 10 points in the defeat.

Group B
Mexico - Argentina 72-87
Argentina claimed the opening victory at the U18 FIBA Americas Championship. They beat Mexico in Group B. Juan Arengo (189-SG-96) stepped up with 24 points to lead the winners. Mexico and Argentina were knotted up at 18 after the opening frame. Argentina surged ahead in the second quarter. They poured in 27 points to secure a 45:43 halftime lead. Argentina stayed red hot offensively in the third term. They dropped 26 points and raced to an 8-point lead at the final break. Argentina held Mexico to just 9 points in the fourth period and sealed the winning outcome. Jose Vildoza (190-PG-96) netted 15 points, while Carlos Buemo had 12 points for Argentina. Osmar Garcia (181-PG-97) and Cesar Molina (178-PG-98) netted 14 points each in the loss.

Uruguay - USA 58-156
The USA U18 coasted past Uruguay counterparts in the opening game of the U18 FIBA Americas Championship for both teams. Ten players of the USA team scored in double digits. Luke Kennard (196-PG-97) delivered 30 points for the hosts. It was a one-way traffic right from the start. The USA jumped to a 44:15 lead after the opening quarter. They unloaded 40 points in the second term to secure an 84:26 halftime lead. The USA eased to the victory afterwards. Justice Winslow (198-SG-96) had 15 points, while Chase Jeter, Myles Turner and Allonzo Trier netted 14 points each for the hosts. Martin Counago (186-PG-97) responded with 13 points for Uruguay. Joaquin Jones had 9 points in the defeat.   



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FIBA Americas U18 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Canada
 3. Brazil
 4. P.Rico
 5. Argentina
 6. Chile
 7. US Virg.Isl
 8. Dominican R.
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nickeil ALEXANDER-WALKER
  CAN
  (195-G-98)
  Avg: 17.4
 1. Alexander-W., CAN17.4 
 2. Brissett, CAN16.4 
 3. Porter, USA15.8 
 4. Figueroa, DOM14.6 
 5. Arroyo, CHI14.4 
 6. Wigginton, CAN14.0 
 7. Fultz, USA13.8 
 8. Aguirre, CHI13.6 
 9. Negron, PUR13.4 
 10. Jackson, PUR12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christian NEGRON
  PUR
  (200-F/C-98)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Negron, PUR13.6 
 2. Simmons, ISV11.6 
 3. Uchendu, BRA9.2 
 4. Allen, USA9.0 
 5. Pereira, BRA8.6 
 6. Brissett, CAN7.8 
 7. Claxton, ISV7.2 
 8. Familia, DOM6.8 
 9. Haase, CHI6.8 
 10. Bamba, USA6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Shaivonte GILGEOUS-ALEXANDER
  (193-F/G-98)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Gilgeous-A., CAN5.4 
 2. Fultz, USA5.2 
 3. Corvalan, ARG5.0 
 4. Aguirre, CHI5.0 
 5. Coleman, USA4.4 
 6. Ruivo, BRA4.0 
 7. Wigginton, CAN3.4 
 8. Young, USA3.2 
 9. Stevens, ISV3.2 
 10. Haase, CHI2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Markelle FULTZ
  (195-SG-98)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Fultz, USA3.2 
 2. Gilgeous-A., CAN3.0 
 3. Brissett, CAN2.4 
 4. Corvalan, ARG2.4 
 5. Aguirre, CHI2.4 
 6. Alexander-W., CAN2.4 
 7. Lema, ARG2.0 
 8. Washington, USA1.8 
 9. Arroyo, CHI1.8 
 10. Porter, USA1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicolas CLAXTON
  (201-G/F-99)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Claxton, ISV3.6 
 2. Negron, PUR2.4 
 3. Banks, USA1.8 
 4. Pereira, BRA1.6 
 5. Waldron, DOM1.6 
 6. Familia, DOM1.5 
 7. Bamba, USA1.2 
 8. Lorca-Lloyd, USA1.2 
 9. Thompson, PUR1.2 
 10. Allen, USA1.0 
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