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FIBA Americas 2007 - Men Basketball


Play-Off bracket
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FIBA Americas Standings
 1. USA 7-0 
 2. Argentina 6-1 
 3. Brazil 4-3 
 4. Canada 3-4 
 5. P.Rico 3-4 
 6. Uruguay 2-5 
 7. Mexico 2-5 
 8. Venezuela 1-6

T.of the Am-cas Preliminary Round Standings
Group A
1. Argenti. 4-0
2. Uruguay 3-1
3. P.Rico 1-3
4. Mexico 1-3
5. Panama 1-3
Group B
1. USA 4-0
2. Brazil 3-1
3. Canada 2-2
4. Venezue. 1-3
5. US V.Isl 0-4
SA become the new Fiba Americas champions  - Sep. 3, 2007 
Final
 USA - Argentina 118:81
United States team proved their All-Star status yesterday as they gave no chances for Argentinean squad in the title decider in Las Vegas. USA completed their perfect campaign with another comprehensive victory and ended the competition at 10-0 record. Both finalist however guaranteed their places in the Beijing Olympics.
United States players were dominant right from the start. They once again could hardly miss from all the ranges and piled up a 35:14 lead after the first frame. Argentina simply were unable to match the tempo and the gap grew wider in the second term reaching a 59:34 mark at halftime. The offensive supremacy of USA team continued after the break as they delivered another 34 points in the third frame and established an insurmountable 93:61 advantage after three quarters. United States team then easily cruised to the title in the final minutes of the encounter and stepped up as new Fiba Americas champions.
LeBron James (203-F-84) led the action with 31 points converting 8/11 three pointers. Dwight Howard (207-F-85) contributed 20 points and 5 boards, while Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored another 16 points for the winners. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) answered with 23 points and 5 boards for Argentina. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) nailed 11 points and Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) added 10 points in a loss.
USA knocked down 59% from the field and 70% from free throw line. Argentina sank 41% of field goals. USA dominated the boards 41:36, while both teams committed 11 turnovers.
Luis Scola was named tournament's MVP. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) became the tournament's topscorer averaging 21.8 points per game. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) was the best rebounder with 12.4 boards per encounter.

USA: LeBron James 31, Dwight Howard 20+5 boards, Carmelo Anthony 16
Argentina: Luis Scola 23, Leonardo Gutierrez 11, Paolo Quinteros 10


Bronze medals game

Brazil - Puerto Rico 107:111
Brazilian team stopped just one step away from the medals at the Fiba Americas championship in Nevada. They faced Puerto Rico in the Bronze medals game an


USA will play against Argentina in the Final  - Sep. 2, 2007 
Argentina - Brazil 91:80
Argentina booked their ticket to Beijing 2008 as they advanced to the Final of the Fiba Americas championship. They needed to edge Brazilian team to gain the spot in the tournament decider. Argentina will now face USA in the Final game later tonight. Brazil will seek for one more Olympic qualifying spot in the clash against Puerto Rico.
Brazil started the game more aggressively and spurred ahead to 22:17 lead after the first frame. A nice shooting accuracy helped Brazilian players held on to the gap and extend it to 43:35 at hafltime. Though it was as far as they could get yesterday's evening. Argentina came off the dressig room ready to battle and performed a first-class basketball in the third term. They limited their opponents to just 13 points scoring 30 themselves and surged in front 65:56. Brazil could hardly recover from a blow and struggled to match Argentinean pace in the final quarter.
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led his teammates to an overall victory and they celebrated it at the end of regulation.
Luis Scola nailed game-high 27 points and pulled down 9 boards. Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) scored 14 points, while Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) added 13 for the winners. Alex Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) produced 16 points apiece for Brazil. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 9 boards in a losing effort.
Argentina finished with impressive 52% from the field and 72% from free throw line. Brazil shot 44% of field goals and were outrebounded 31:33.

Argentina:
Luis Scola 27+9 boards, Pablo Prigioni 14, Carlos Delfino 13
Brazil:
Alex Garcia 16, Leandrinho Barbosa 16, Tiago Splitter 15+9 boards


USA - Puerto Rico 135:91
United States team remained perfect after the semifinal battles yesterday. They easily propelled past Puerto Rico to reach the Final of the Fiba Americas chamspionship. This also means USA guaranteed their participation in the Beijing Olympic Games. Puerto Rico will fight for another ticket in today's bronze medals game against Brazil.
USA team dominated the encounter from the start and there were hardly any doubts about the outcome. Puerto Rico tried to stay close in the opening frame and trailed by just 6 points after it 27:33. But gradually started to fall behind and USA piled up a 57:42 lead at halftime. United States players ensured the win in the third quarter when
Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) hit 4 consecutive three pointers to clear USA off to a 100:70 distance entering the fourth stanza. Michael Redd (198-G-79, college: Ohio St.) emerged deadly from beyond the arc in the final term as he drained 4 consecutive treys to bury Puerto Rico.
Six USA players would finish with double figures at the end.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 27 points. Michael Redd contributed 23 points and LeBron James (203-F-84) added another 19 points and 9 assists for the winners. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) produced 22 points for Puerto Rico. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) replied with 21 points in a loss.
USA converted 70% from the field including 64% (23/36) of three pointers. Puerto Rico shot just 38% of field goals. They managed to outrebound USA 38:36.

USA:
Carmelo Anthony 27, Michael Redd 23, LeBron James 19+9 assists
Puerto Rico:
Larry Ayuso 22, Carlos Arroyo 21


Brazil and Puerto Rico join Top 4 - Aug. 31, 2007 
Qualifying round

Canada - Puerto Rico 66:72
Canadian National team lost to Puerto Rico and were left without semifinal at the Fiba Americas championship. Canada needed a win to advance to Top 4 but appeared unable to maintain NBA import Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.). Orlando Magic guard led Latin American side to a victory with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. This was the third win for Puerto Rican team at the qualifying round in Las Vegas and they fulfilled the task. Canada at the same time lost concentration late in the competition and suffered their second loss at the second round of action. They finished the tournament with overall record of 4-4.
Puerto Rico got to a better start of the game and established a 21:18 lead. Canada though remained in the contest and cut the deficit to just a single point at halftime 34:35. However Puerto Rico craved their victory in the third quarter. They capitalized on Canada's low accuracy and surged ahead to a 58:43 advantage entering the fourth term. Canada tried fiercely to come back into this one and managed to cut the deficit to two points at the dying stage. But perfect free throw shooting from Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) and Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) sealed the win for Puerto Rico.
Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) provided 10 points and 9 boards for Puerto Rico. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) had 8 points for the winners. Dave Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) paced Canada with 18 points. Samuel Dalembert (211-C-81, college: Seton Hall) secured 13 points and 18 boards in a losing clause.
Canada ensured the fifth spot in the championship. Puerto Rico meanwhile will face USA in the semifinal.

Canada: Dave Thomas 18, Samuel Dalembert 13+18 boards
Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 22, Peter John Ramos 10+9 boards


Brazil - Uruguay 96:62
Brazilian team ensured their semifinal birth at the Fiba Americas championship. They de


Three teams remain with chances to complete Top 4 - Aug. 30, 2007 
Qualifying round

Brazil - Argentina 79:86 (OT)

Brazilian national team suffered a dramatic loss to Argentina in overtime. Brazil are now at 3-3 record in the qualifying round and need to win against Uruguay tomorrow to secure the semifinal birth. Brazil looked solid in the first half and led by Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) easily piled up a 42:28 advantage at halftime. However the things started to look Argentinean way late in the third stanza as Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Leandrinho Barbosa got into foul trouble. Argentina slowly craved their way back into contest. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) reigned the court in the final frame and forced overtime. With Tiago Splitter already sidelined with 5 fouls Brazil could not maintain Luis Scola and Argentinean star spurred his team to another victory. Argentina improved to 7-0 record at the tournament.
Luis Scola finished with 23 points and 12 boards for Argentina. Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) added 19 points for the winners. Marcelinho Machado (200-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) netted 17 points, grabbed 7 boards and dished out 7 assists for Brazil. Leandrinho Barbosa had 16 points in a losing clause.
Brazil recorded 45% accuracy from the field and just 47% from the charity stripe. They were also outmuscled under the rims 36:44. Both teams committed 17 turnovers.
Brazil faces Uruguay later tonight. Argentina takes on USA in the battle of still undefeated squads.

Brazil: Marcelinho Machado 17, Leandrinho Barbosa 16
Argentina: Luis Scola 23+12 boards, Paolo Quinteros 19


Canada - Mexico 97:80
Canadian team retained good chances of making it to the semifinal of the Fiba Americas championship as they overcame Mexico yesterday. Mexico entered the game confidently enough and enjoyed an early 22:21 lead. However offensive sloppiness in the second quarter cost them too much. Mexico nailed just 9 points in the second frame and allowed Canada to spur ahead. North American players established a 47:31 advantage at halftime and faced little problems driving to an important win at the end. They would lead by as many as 20 points in the third quarter and recorded their second victory at the qualifying round.
Jermaine Anderson (185-G-83) paced Canada with 17 points and 5 assists. Juan Mendez (202-F-81, college: Niagara) provided 15 points and 9 boards, while Levon Kendall (208-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene) answered with 20 points for Mexico. Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma) scored 15 points in a loss.
Canada shot 44% from the field and 57% from free throw line. They had a massive dominance on the boards 61:30. Canada also forced Mexico to 23 personal fouls but committed 21 turnovers.
Canada will face Puerto Rico in the last day of the qualifying action later tonight.

Canada: Jermaine Anderson 17, Juan Mendez 15+9 boards, Levon Kendall 14+11 boards
Mexico: Omar Quintero 20, Victor Avila 15


Uruguay - USA 79:118
Uruguay could have hardly hoped for a positive result against unstoppable USA team yesterday's evening. And it actually never came. LeBron James (203-F-84) lifted his side to an unassailable lead at halftime virtually on his own and never appeared afterwards. Cleveland Cavaliers forward delivered game-high 26 points in just 14 minutes of action building a 66:38 advantage for USA. Uruguay played a close basketball in the second half but had no chances of saving this one. United States secured two more successful terms even without LeBron James and celebrated their seventh straight victory at the tournament.
Amare Stoudemire (208-F-82) contributed 19 points and 7 boards for the winners. Deron Williams (191-G-84, college: Illinois) had 14 points and 6 assists for USA. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) secured 20 points and 5 boards for Uruguay. Leandro Garcia added 11 points and 6 boards in a losing case.
Uruguay converted 37% from the field and 78% from free throw line. Uruguay managed to outrebound USA 39:36 but suffered 15 turnovers. United States answered with impressive 61% accuracy and lost the ball just 8 times.
Uruguay must win against Brazil later tonight to have a chance to qualify for the semis. USA takes on Argentina in the clash at the top of the ladder.

Uruguay: Esteban Batista 20, Leandro Garcia Morales (188-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 11
USA: LeBron James 26, Amare Stoudemire 19, Deron Williams 14


Puerto Rico - Venezuela 92:63
Puerto Rico faced little obstacles en route to their second win at the qualifying round in Las Vegas. They cruised past Venezuela to stay with chances of making it to the semifinal. They will play against Canada later tonight.

Puerto Rico: Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) 25, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) 13+7 assists
Venezuela: Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) 11+10 boards, Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87) 10



USA, Argentina ensure their semifinal birth - Aug. 29, 2007 
Qualifying round

Brazil - Mexico 104:90
Brazil snapped their losing skid beating Mexico yesterday. The win came after two losses from USA and Puerto Rico and imrpoved Brazilian chances to advance to the semis. Brazil dominated the first three frames of the encounter and deservedly secured the winning outcome at the end.
This time Brazil did not depend on just
Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82)'s effort and five players finished scoring in double figures.
Mexico kept it close in the starting frame and trailed by just 2 points 22:24. But
Nene Hilario (207-C-82) and Murilo da Rosa (207-C-83) lifted their side to a 53:39 advantage at halftime. Mexico tried to come back in this one as Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: UNLV) was deadly from all the ranges but it was not enough to spark Mexican team. Leandrinho Barbosa delivered 3/4 three pointers and sealed the win for Brazil in the contest. He led Brazil with 21 points. Nene Hilario contributed 17 points and 7 boards for the winners. Romel Beck once again was the topscorer for Mexico with 29 points. Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) had 17 points and 10 boards in a losing effort.
Brazil showed a high shooting accuracy as they converted 60% from close range, 47% from beyond the arc and 75% from free throw line. Brazilian players also outrebounded their opponents 39:35 and forced those to 19 turnovers.
Brazil will next face Argentina in highly anticipated encounter later today.

Brazil:
Leandrinho Barbosa 21, Nene Hilario 17+7 boards
Mexico:
Romel Beck 29, Adam Parada 17+10 boards


Canada - Argentina 70:85
Canada endangered their semifinal birth at the Fiba Americas championship after they were beaten by Argentina yestarday. Argentina meanwhile remained undefeated on top of the ladder. Canada could not threaten thier opponents in this one as they started the game too slowly and never recovered from it later on. Canada shot low 25% from the fieild in the first half and managed just 16 points. Argentina capitalized on poor figures from North American players and built a 46:16 lead at halftime. Canada found the touch after the intermission and started to cut the deficit but the effort was never successful. Argentina wisely secured their 6th straight win and matched USA record.
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) paced Argentina with 23 points. Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) added 15 points for the winning side. Dave Thomas (204-G/F-76, college: Michigan St.) provided 13 points for Canada. Jermaine Anderson (185-G-83) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) had 10 points apiece in defeat.
Canada converted 38% from two-point range, 50% from beyond the arc and 60% from charity stripe. They managed to outrebound Argentina 44:40 but committed 19 turnovers.
Canada will next face Mexico and needs to win to reamain with the chances to qualify for the Top 4. Argentina takes on Brazil later tonight.

Canada:
Dave Thomas 13, Jermaine Anderson 10, Carl English 10
Argentina:
Luis Scola 23, Carlos Delfino 15


Uruguay - Venezuela 79:88
Uruguay dicreased their Top 4 appearance chances yestarday by losing to Venezuela in the qualification round in Las Vegas. This was the second consecutive defeat for Uruguay in the second round of action at the Fiba Americas championship.
Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) was on fire for Venezuelan side as he dropped 35 points and grabbed 11 boards in 36 minutes on the floor. He reigned the court throughout the game and led Venezuela to their second success at the tournament and the first win at the qualifying round.
The teams started the encounter pretty closely and were evenly matched after the opening frame 25:25. But Uruguay struggled in accuracy in the second term which resulted in Venezuela outscoring their opponents 26:10 and piling up a confident 51:35 lead at halftime. Uruguay battled to come back in this one after the break but hardly succeeded and had to surrender at the end.
Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79, agency: Edge Sports) scored 19 points for Venezuela. Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) proved his perfect form as he produced 21 points and 20 boards for Uruguay. Mauricio Aguiar (198-F-83, agency: Players Group) added 20 points in a loss.
Uruguay shot 37% from the field and 75% from free throw line. Venezuela converted impresive 48% from three point territory knocking down 13 treys. They also outmuscled Uruguay under the rims 43:39 despite heroics from
Esteban Batista.
Uruguay will next play against USA.

Uruguay:
Esteban Batista 21+20 boards, Mauricio Aguiar 20
Venezuela:
Hector Romero 35+11 boards, Alejandro Barrios 19

USA - Puerto Rico 117:78
USA team grabbed their sixth consecuitve victory at the home Fiba Americas championship. Yesterday they easily overcame Puerto Rico and remained on top of the standings. United States led comfortably 59:27 at halftime and never looked in the second half.
LeBron James (203-F-84) this time led the action with 21 points. Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) recorded 17 points, while Michael Redd (198-G-79, college: Ohio St.) scored 15 points in a win. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Edge Sports, college: USC) answered with 13 points, while Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) had 12 points in a losing case. USA were impressive from close range shooting 78%. They dominated under the rims 48:37 and committed just 4 turnovers.

USA:
LeBron James 21, Carmelo Anthony 17, Michael Redd 15
Puerto Rico:
Larry Ayuso 13, Carlos Arroyo 12


Brazil suffers second straight defeat, USA still perfect - Aug. 28, 2007 
Qualifying round

Canada - Uruguay 95:88
Canadian team began their qualifying games with a win over Uruguay. Canada entered the qualifying round with 2-2 record and needed victories to hope for a semifinal birth. The first won came due to a physical style of basketball that Canadian squad had offered. Uruguay struggled to maintain Samuel Dalembert (211-C-81, college: Seton Hall) and Jesse Young (207-C-80, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) under the rims, moreover Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) was outmuscled in the paint.
Canada drove to a 25:18 lead after the opening frame and continued to improve later on. They enjoyed a 48:38 advantage at halftime. But Uruguay found the way to remain in the contest as Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) proved deadly from the outside and helped Latin American side cut the deficit to 5 points entering the fourth term. Uruguay managed to come within just 4 points midway through the final stanza but Canada survived the dying stage and emerged victorious.
Jesse Young paced Canada with 22 points. Jermaine Anderson (185-G-83) scored 13 points for the winners. Nicolas Mazzarino and Leandro Garcia Morales (188-G-80, college: Texas A&M) provided 17 points apiece for Uruguay. Esteban Batista had 16 points and 6 boards in defeat.
Canada were impressive from close range converting 61% and from free throw line hitting 79%. They outrebounded their opponents 43:29 and forced them to 31 personal fouls.
Canada will next face Argentina. Uruguay will take on Venezuela later tonight.

Canada: Jesse Young 22, Jermaine Anderson 13
Uruguay: Nicolas Mazzarino 17, Leandro Garcia Morales 17


Venezuela - Argentina 63:98
Venezuela suffered the first loss at the qualifying round of the Fiba Americas championship in Las Vegas. They were defeated by remarkable Argentina. Argentinean side entered the contest unbeaten and continued their winning streak easily dismantling Venezuela. Argentina looked too good for Venezuelan team early in the game and spurred ahead to a 28:10 lead after the opning frame. Venezuela enjoyed a spark of impressive performance in the second quarter and managed to outscore Argentina 24:23. However they never capitalized on the success. Argentina played perfect defensive basketball holding Hector Romero (202-F-80,


Preliminary round ends in Las Vegas - Aug. 27, 2007 
Group A

Uruguay - Mexico 91:82
Uruguay accounted for Mexico in the last round of action at Fiba Americas championship. This time it was Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) who paced Uruguay with game-high 36 points and 5 assists. Tisettanta Cantu guard converted 8/13 three pointers to ensure the positive outcome for his team. Uruguay thus improved to 3-1 record and advanced into the second round of the competition. Mexico meanwhile suffered their third straight loss falling to 1-3 record, but they still made it to the qualifying round.
Mexico had a better start to the game and enjoyed a 25:19 lead after the first frame. However Uruguay came up strong in the second quarter and surged ahead 46:39 at halftime.
Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: UNLV) had created a momentum for Mexican side in the third term and they used it to regain the advantage 67:64 before the fourth frame. But Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) sparked with 11 points and 5 boards in the fourth stanza to ensure the win for Uruguay. He would finish with 25 points and 15 boards for the winners. Romel Beck answered with 28 points for Mexico. Gustavo Ayon (211-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) had 10 points and 12 boards in a losing effort.
Mexico dominated the boards 39:29 but committed 20 turnovers during the game. Uruguay were also impressive from beyond the arc shooting 46%.
Uruguay occupied the second spot in Group A and starts qualifying round against Canada later today.

Uruguay: Nicolas Mazzarino 36, Esteban Batista 25+15 boards
Mexico: Romel Beck 28, Gustavo Ayon 10+12 boards

Panama - Argentina 92:109 (OT)
Panamanian team ended their FIBA Americas championship campaign with loss to Argentina yestarday. It was the third defeat for Panama in the tournament and they occupied the last spot in Group A. Argentina meanwhile posted their fourth consecutive victory and completed the preliminary round on top of the ladder.
Panama needed to win this one to hope to advance but had no luck yestrerday's evening. Argentinean players dominated the game right from the start and easily cleared off to a 30:18 distance after the opening frame. Panama fought fiercely in the second quarter and tightened the defence, which resulted in Argentina scoring just 13 points and Panama cutting the deficit to 7 points at halftime 36:43. The things started to look Panamanian way after the break as Gary Forbes (201-F/G-85, college: Virginia) were all around the court to help Panama surge in front 63:59 before the fourth frame. Argentinean well-balanced offense emerged strong in the dying stages and tied the scoreline forcing overtime. There Panama simply ran out of steam and collapsed allowing Argentina to cruise to an overall victory.
Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) topscored for Argentina with 22 points. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) added 20 points and 8 boards, while Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) provided 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Gary Forbes notched 29 points for Panama. Jaime Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU) produced 22 points in a loss.
Argentina were solid from the field converting 60% from close range, 445 from three point territory and 87% of free throws. Panama replied with 52% of two-pointers, 28% from beyond the arc and 72% from charity stripe.
Panama got eliminated from the competition.

Panama: Gary Forbes 29, Jaime Lloreda 22
Argentina: Paolo Quinteros 22, Luis Scola 20, Carlos Delfino 19

Group B

Brazil - USA 76:113
Brazilian National team took the first serious test at the Fiba Americas championship in Las Vegas. They challenged USA team yesterday and could not convert against NBA All-Stars. USA played a remarkable defense and were deadly in offense handing Brazil their first loss at the tournament. Leandrinho Barbosa and Marcelinho Machado were held to combined 10 points and Brazil did not find any other ways to deliver.
Carmelo Anthony (203-F-84, college: Syracuse) and LeBron James (203-F-84) led North American players to a comprehensive victory scoring 21 points apiece. Brazil tried to stay in the race in the opening frame and trailed by just 6 points 21:27. But United States gained the speed in the second quarter and left Brazil far behind 57:38 at halftime. The gap was quickly widening and the teams entered the fourth frame with USA leading by 47 points 49:96. USA allowed Brazil to enjoy a winning fourth frame but it had no impact on their stunning victory.
Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) nailed 20 points for USA. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) led Brazil with 13 points and 9 boards. Alex Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 10 points in defeat.
Both teams pulled down 37 rebounds. USA however were more accurate in shooting as they hit 58% from close range and 53% from beyond the arc. Brazil managed 47% from two-point range and only 24% from the outside.
Both teams advanced to the qualifying round of the championship. Brazil will now face Puerto Rico in the second round today. USA takes on Mexico later tonight.

Brazil: Tiago Splitter 13+9 boards, Alex Garcia 10
USA: Carmelo Anthony 21, LeBron James 21, Kobe Bryant 20

Venezuela - Virgin Islands 100:90
Venezuela stepped up as the last qualifying round participant from Group B. They defeated Virgin Islands team in the last round of action and occupied the fourth spot in the ladder. Virgin Islands meanwhile finished the preliminaries winless and were eliminated from the tournament. Venezuela used a strong third frame to clear off for good in this one. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) led Venezuela with 29 points and 10 boards. Greivis Vasquez (196-G-87) added 18 points and 10 assists for the winners. Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) responded with 32 points for Virgin Islands. Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) had 15 points in a losing clause.

Venezuela: Hector Romero 29+10 boards, Greivis Vasquez 18+10 assists
Virgin Islands: Jason Edwin 32, Kevin Sheppard 15

Argentina, USA and Brazil are the key players in Las Vegas - Aug. 26, 2007 
Group A

Argentina - Mexico 104:83
Argentina extended their winning streak to three games edging Mexico yesterday. They now improved to 3-0 record on top of Group A and will next face Panama today. Mexico stayed close throughout the first quarter but Argentina started to pull away in the second. They posted a 28:18 rally to establish a 51:41 lead at halftime. Mexico were unable to match Argentinean tempo and fell far behind in the second half. Mexico suffered the second loss and fell to 1-2 record.
Carlos Delfino (199-G-82) produced 20 points and 11 boards for Argentina. Paolo Quinteros (185-G-79) scored 18 points in a winning effort. Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: UNLV) replied with game-high 24 points for Mexico. Adam Parada (213-C-81, college: Cal-Irvine) had 10 points in defeat.

Argentina: Carlos Delfino 20+11 boards, Paolo Quinteros 18
Mexico: Romel Beck 24, Adam Parada 10

Uruguay - Puerto Rico 82:79
Uruguay National team gained their second win at the Fiba Americas championship in Nevada. They dramatically overcame Puerto Rico and improved to 2-1 record in Group A. Puerto Rico quite unexpectadly fell to 1-3 record.
Puerto Rico entered the game as widely recognized favorites and had Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) coming off a two-game suspension. They started to prove their status early in the first frame rolling to a 17:15 lead. Uruguay struggled to find necessary rhythm and trailed by as many as 19 points at halftime 29:48. But they had Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) on the squad and he changed the complexion of the game in the second half. Uruguayan forward paced his team to a 24:13 dominance in the third quarter and they entered the final stanza with 8 points behind. Puerto Rican numerous mistakes in the dying stages of the game allowed Uruguay to grab the advantage late in the game and lead by 3 points with 2.4 seconds remaining. Jose Juan Barea got fouled and missed both free throws but Luis Reyes pulled down an offensive rebound and tried a buzzer-beater to try to force overtime. But his shot missed the mark and Uruguay celebrated the win.
Esteban Batista topscored for Uruguay with 34 points and 15 boards. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) contr


Brazil and Argentina stay perfect in Las Vegas - Aug. 25, 2007 
Group A

Panama - Mexico 95:90
Panamanian National team gained their first win at the Fiba Americas championship in Las Vegas. After two starting losses Panama finally delivered edging Mexico 95:90. Mexico meanwhile suffered their first defeat at the tournament and fell to 1-1 record in Group A.
The teams opened the game playing close basketball as no side managed to clear off. The teams entered the second quarter all square 29:29. Panama spurred ahead in the second frame as J.R. Pinnock (196-G-83, college: George Washington) sparked his teammates to a 25:18 rally to establish a 54:47 lead at halftime.
Mexico tried to pave their way back after the break and outscored Panama 25:24 in the third term. But Panama withstood a fierce attempts from Mexican teams and enjoyed the first success at the tournament. J.R. Pinnock and Jaime Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU) converted three free throws in the dying seconds, while Anthony Pedroza missed his three points shot to seal the victory for Panama.
J.R. Pinnock topscored for Panama with 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jaime Lloreda contributed 19 points for the winners. Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: UNLV) answered with 28 points for Mexico. Anthony Lever-Pedroza (191-G-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Oregon) had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.
Panama knocked down 60% from close range and 73% from free throw line. They however lost the battle under the rims being outrebounded 38:44. Panama also committed 26 turnovers.
Panama will next play against Argentina tomorrow.

Panama: J.R. Pinnock 30+7 boards, Jaime Lloreda 19
Mexico: Romel Beck 28, Anthony Lever-Pedroza 17

Argentina - Puerto Rico 87:75
Argentinean National team extended their winning streak to 2 games after they edged Puerto Rico. Puerto Rican team entered the game brave enough and rolled to a 27:17 advtantage early on. But Argentina quickly regained the initiative and cut the deficit to 35:39 at halftime. They later surged ahead to a 7-point lead and never allowed Puerto Rico to answer at the dying stages.
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) paced Argentina with 22 points and 11 boards.

USA and Argentina drive to victories on Day 2 - Aug. 24, 2007 
Group A

Panama - Puerto Rico 67:108
Panamanian team suffered their second straight loss at the Fiba Americas tournament in Las Vegas. Yesterday they were rallied over by Puerto Rico and remained at the bottom of Group A ladder. Panama could not match super attacking basketball proposed by Puerto Rican team and trailed right from the start. Five Puerto Rican players scored in double digits to pace their side to a comprehensive win.
Panama were outscored 20:28 in the opening frame and never recovered afterwards. Puerto Rico easily established a 53:31 lead at halftime and completely dominated the game after the break. They nailed 55 points in the second half ans secured a stunning win to rebound after a loss from USA.
Ricardo Sanchez (-G) topscored for Puerto Rico with 19 points. Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) added 17 points for the winners. Gary Forbes (201-F/G-85, college: Virginia) replied with 19 points and 7 boards for Panama. Jaime Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU) and J.R. Pinnock (196-G-83, college: George Washington) had 13 points apiece in defeat.
Panama shot just 39% from the close range and 20% from beyond the arc. They though managed to outrebound their opponents 41:37. Panama lost the ball more frequently committing 17 turnovers, while Puerto Rico suffered just 9 mistakes.
Panama will next take on Mexico latetr tonight. Puerto Rico faces Argentina.

Panama: Gary Forbes 19+7 boards, Jaime Lloreda 13, J.R. Pinnock 13
Puerto Rico: Ricardo Sanchez 19, Carmelo Lee 17


Uruguay - Argentina 69:90
Uruguay National team could not extend their winning streak as they fell short to Argentina yesterday. Argetina meanwhile opened their campaign with a victory and hope to challenge USA on Las Vegas scene. Argentina built a safe lead after the first frame 23:13 but Uruguay remained in contest cutting it to 35:42 at halftime. But Argentinean players proved the difference in the third quarter outscoring their Southern neighbours 29:14 and cruising to an overall victory at the end. Pablo Prigioni (186-G-77) led Argentina with 20 points. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) secured another 16 points for the winners. Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) paced Uruguay with 14 points. Nevada welcomes Fiba Americas Championship
 - Aug. 23, 2007 
Group A

Uruguay - Panama 88:84
The action at the 2007 Fiba Americas Championship started yesterday with Uruguay versus Panama encounter in Group A. The teams clashed at Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada.
Panama started the game more confidently as
Jaime Lloreda (203-F/C-80, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: LSU) led Panama to a 45:34 lead at halftime. Panamanian power forward nailed 15 points in the first half and secured the advantage. Uruguay started to revive in the third stanza. They limited Jaime Lloreda's offensive presence as he tallied just 6 points in the second half and began to pave their way back into this one. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) reigned under the rims and Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) was deadly from beyond the arc and Uruguay outscored Panama 24:11 in the third quarter to surge ahead. Panama though was not yet taken aback. J.R. Pinnock (196-G-83, college: George Washington) provided needed help for Jaime Lloreda and Panama enjoyed the lead in the fourth quarter. However Uruguay tied the scoreline with less than 2 seconds left at 75 and forced overtime. Martin Osimani (190-G-81, college: Duquesne) dominated the game in the extra time as he scored 7 points to lift Uruguay to an overall victory at the end.
Esteban Batista topscored for Uruguay with 26 points and 19 rebounds. Nicolas Mazzarino added 25 points for the winners. Jaime Lloreda paced Panama with 21 points and 8 rebounds. J.R. Pinnock had 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Panama converted impressive 76% from close range but shot just 16% from the outside and 47% from free throw line. Uruguay hit 41% from two-point range and 75% from charity stripe. Uruguay also forced Panama to 25 turnovers.
Uruguay will next take on Argentina today. Panama faces Puerto Rico later tonight.

Uruguay: Esteban Batista 26+19 boards, Nicolas Mazzarino 25
Panama: Jaime Lloreda 21+8 boards, J.R. Pinnock 16+9 boards

Mexico - Puerto Rico 100:89
Mexican team came up with arguably the biggest surprise of Day 1 action as they toppled Puerto Rico in Group A action. A well-balanced Mexican offence overwhelmed Puerto Rican defence and left them behind. Victor Mariscal (198-F


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