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.
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.
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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