Brazil - Argentina 73-71 Brazil handed Argentina its first loss of the Olympic basketball qualifying tournament for the Americas, beating the host team 73-71 behind 19 points from Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86). Both teams have 5-1 record now and Puerto Rico has the same numbers. All three teams, together with Dominican Republic, already booked a spot for the Semifinals. As mentioned above, Hettsheimer scored 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in this meeting. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) had 17 points, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) scored 14 and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) helped Brazilians with 13 points, plus 8 boards. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led Argentina with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 14. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) added 13 points and 5 assists. Argentina won its first six games and was the last unbeaten team in the tournament before losing to Brazil (5-1). 'They played well,' Argentina coach Julio Lamas said of Brazil. 'They were fair winners. We are teams that know each other, and they guarded us very well.' Argentina will meet Dominican Republic in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round. Brazil will play against Puerto Rico.
Dominican Republic - Puerto Rico 62-79 Great victory for Puerto Rico. Both teams had 4-1 record before this meeting and Puerto Rico cruised past Dominican Republic yesterday 79-62 for 5-1. They joined Argentina and Brazil on top. On the other side, Dominicans dropped to fourth place with 4-2, but they already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) helped with 9 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) (9 rebs) and Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) delivered 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 15-16, 8-13, 19-24, 20-26. Today is the last day of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Puerto Rico will meet Brazil, while Dominicans will take on Argentina.
Canada - Uruguay 70-68 Canada finally registered their second win in Mar del Plata. They had to work very hard to beat Uruguay 70-68 for 2-4 record. Canadians joined Venezuela now on the fifth place. Uruguay dropped to 1-5. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) scored 15 points and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) helped with 9 pts, plus 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) responded with 19 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) (5 rebs) and Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) netted 17 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 19-17, 22-10, 15-22, 14-19. Canada will meet Panama today. Uruguay will take on Venezuela.
Venezuela - Panama 110-74 Second win for Venezuela in Mar del Plata. They smashed Panama 110-74 and now share the fifth place with Canada. Panama faced with the sixth straight loss. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) was the leading player in victory with 24 points and 8 assists. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points, David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 14 points and 5 assists, while Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) added 13 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) exploded with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) with 14 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 29-23, 21-9, 30-19, 30-23. Venezuela will play against Uruguay today. Panama's rival will be Canada.
Nestor Garcia finishes season in Argentina, Venezuela's Senior NT is the next stop - May 3, 2013
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Argentinian head coach Nestor Garcia finished up his season in Argentina's LNB, after leading Boca Juniors to the Semifinals and losing in a five-game series against Regatas Corrientes, 3-2. His next stop will be working for Venezuela's Senior NT in the upcoming 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, set to be played in Caracas from August 30th till September 11th [read more]
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Argentinian head coach Nestor Garcia finished up his season in Argentina's LNB, after leading Boca Juniors to the Semifinals and losing in a five-game series against Regatas Corrientes, 3-2. His next stop will be working for Venezuela's Senior NT in the upcoming 2013 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, set to be played in Caracas from August 30th till September 11th.
Garcia, a two-time LPB champion in Venezuela with Trotamundos de Carabobo (2006) and Marinos de Anzoategui (2011) and former assistant coach for Julio Lamas in Argentina's Senior NT, won the Gold Medal for Argentina in the 2012 South American Championship as head coach and was recently hired to replace American Eric Musselman as the head coach of Venezuela for 2013 and 2014.
A 27-player list was published several weeks ago by the Venezuelan Basketball Federation and those players are supposed to start training in Caracas on July 1st at the recently built National Basketball Training Center.
Carmelo Cortez, president of the Venezuelan Basketball Federation, traveled to Colorado Springs, United States, to attend a FIBA Americas meeting in which he'll present the evolution of the preparation measures for the organization of the tournament, in which 10 countries will fight for 4 spots for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, to be played in Spain.
Cortez will also visit Miami, Florida to attent meetings that could lead to the possibility of taking the squad to private practices in the city after the third week of July.
Argentina beat Brazil in title game - Sep 12, 2011
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Brazil - Argentina 75-80
Argentina won the Gold in Mar del Plata. The host of FIBA Americas Championship was better than Brazil in the Finals 80-75 to win the first place. Of course, Silver belongs to Brazil. Both teams booked a spot for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) was amazing last night. He scored 32 points and was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30 [read more]
Brazil - Argentina 75-80 Argentina won the Gold in Mar del Plata. The host of FIBA Americas Championship was better than Brazil in the Finals 80-75 to win the first place. Of course, Silver belongs to Brazil. Both teams booked a spot for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) was amazing last night. He scored 32 points and was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) had 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) added 10 points. In the loosing squad, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) stopped to 12 and 10 points respectively. Each of them grabbed 5 rebs. Quarters: 9-21, 18-14, 21-15, 27-30. Dominican Republic won the Bronze in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Puerto Rico 103-89.
Dominican Republic - Puerto Rico 103-89 Dominicans won the Bronze at FIBA Americas Championship 2011 in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Puerto Rico 103-89 to take third place at this event. Puerto Ricans stay without the medal. Both teams will have a chance to book a spot for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. They will compete in Additional Qualifying Tournament. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) paced Dominicans to Bronze yesterday with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) added 18 pts. Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) helped with one less. In Puerto Rico, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) collected 25 points and 6 rebounds. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) had 24 points and 7 assists, and John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 27-12, 26-17, 27-39, 23-21. Argentina is the winner of FIBA Americas 2011. They handed 80-75 loss to Brazil in the Finals.
Best Player: Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Argentina
Best Guard: Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79) of Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Argentina
Best Center: Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86) of Dominican Republic
Best Coach: Julio Cesar Lamas of Argentina
G: Carlos Arroyo (188-79) of Puerto Rico
PG: Marcelinho Huertas (191-83) of Brazil
G: Emanuel Ginobili (198-77) of Ar [read more]
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