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FIBA Americas 2011 - Men Basketball


Play-Off bracket
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All Rosters
FIBA Americas 2nd Stage Standings
Group Stage Two
1. Brazil 6-1
2. Argentina 6-1
3. P.Rico 5-2
4. Dominican R. 4-3
5. Venezuela 3-4
6. Canada 2-5
7. Uruguay 1-6
8. Panama 1-6
Group Places 9-10
1. Cuba 0-0
2. Paraguay 0-0
FIBA Americas 1st Stage Standings
Group A
1. Dominican R. 3-1
2. Brazil 3-1
3. Canada 2-2
4. Venezuela 2-2
5. Cuba 0-4
Group B
1. Argentina 4-0
2. P.Rico 3-1
3. Uruguay 2-2
4. Panama 1-3
5. Paraguay 0-4
 

Argentina celebrate title in Mar Del Plata (Photo: FIBA Americas)
 
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Scola, ARG20.2 
 2. Vasquez, VEN19.3 
 3. Horford, DOM18.6 
 4. Martinez, PAR17.8 
 5. Araujo, PAR16.8 
 6. Ginobili, ARG16.7 
 7. Forbes, PAN16.6 
 8. Lloreda, PAN15.9 
 9. Garces, PAN15.9 
 10. Haiti, CUB15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Martinez, DOM12.4 
 2. Garces, PAN11.3 
 3. Fabio, PAR9.8 
 4. Batista, URU9.5 
 5. Horford, DOM8.9 
 6. Haiti, CUB8.5 
 7. Splitter, BRA6.8 
 8. Scola, ARG6.7 
 9. Anthony, CAN6.3 
 10. Lloreda, PAN6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Greivis VASQUEZ
  VEN
  (198-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Vasquez, VEN5.8 
 2. Huertas, BRA5.3 
 3. Prigioni, ARG5.0 
 4. Cubillan, VEN4.9 
 5. Barea, PUR4.2 
 6. Ginobili, ARG4.1 
 7. Barrera, URU3.5 
 8. Arroyo, PUR3.3 
 9. Martinez, PAR3.0 
 10. Rodriguez, PUR2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Juan PINEIRO
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pineiro, CUB2.5 
 2. Pinnock, PAN2.4 
 3. Delfino, ARG2.0 
 4. Horford, DOM1.9 
 5. Barrera, URU1.8 
 6. Balkman, PUR1.8 
 7. Garcia Moral., URU1.7 
 8. Ginobili, ARG1.6 
 9. Mestre, CUB1.5 
 10. Guillent, VEN1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Guillermo ARAUJO
  (204-C-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Araujo, PAR2.0 
 2. Anthony, CAN1.7 
 3. Kammerichs, ARG1.3 
 4. Garcia, DOM1.2 
 5. Balkman, PUR1.0 
 6. Fabio, PAR1.0 
 7. Splitter, BRA0.9 
 8. Horford, DOM0.9 
 9. Haiti, CUB0.8 
 10. Graterol, VEN0.8 
Argentinian National Team 2011
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
#s#
Luis Scola
Scola
Pablo Prigioni
Prigioni
Juan Gutierrez
Gutierrez
Alfredo Quinteros
Quinteros
Andres Nocioni
Nocioni
#e#5
4 Luis Scola 206-F/C-80 Houston R. USA
5 Emanuel Ginobili 198-G-77 San Antonio S. USA
6 Juan Ignacio Sanchez 193-G-77 Estudiantes Argentina
7 Fabricio Oberto 207-C-75 Portland TB USA
8 Pablo Prigioni 191-G-77 Caja Laboral Spain
9 Juan Gutierrez 205-F/C-83 Obras Argentina
10 Carlos Delfino 198-G-82 Milwaukee B. USA
11 Alfredo Quinteros 186-G-79 CAI Zaragoza Spain
12 Martin Leiva 208-F/C-80 Penarol Argentina
13 Andres Nocioni 199-F-79 Philadelph.76 USA
14 Hernan Jasen 199-G-78 Cajasol Spain
15 Guillermo Kammerichs 203-F/C-80 Flamengo Brazil

Julio Cesar Lamas Head Coach Obras Argentina


Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Awards 2011 - Sep 12, 2011

Latinbasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Luis Scola
Scola
Carlos Arroyo
Arroyo
Marcelinho Huertas
Huertas
Emanuel Ginobili
Ginobili
Alfred Horford
Horford
#e#5

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

1st Team
G: Carlos Arroyo (188-79) of Puerto Rico
PG: Marcelinho Huertas (191-83) of Brazil
G: EEmanuel Ginobili (198-77) of Argentina
F/C: Luis Scola (206-80) of Argentina
F/C: Alfred Horford (208-86) of Dominican Republic

2nd Team
G: PPablo Prigioni (191-77) of Argentina
PG: Greivis Vasquez (198-87) of Venezuela
F: Guilherme Giovannoni (202-80) of Brazil
F/C: Jack Michael Martinez (203-81) of Dominican Republic
F/C: Esteban Batista (208-83) of Uruguay

3rd Team
PG: JJose Juan Barea (181-84) of Puerto Rico
PG: DDavid Cubillan (183-87) of Venezuela
G: Carlos Delfino (198-82) of Argentina
F/G: Oscar Torres (195-76) of Venezuela
C/F: Ruben Garces (206-73) of Panama

Honorable Mention
Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) of Paraguay
Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) of Cuba
Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Panama
Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85) of Panama
Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86) of Canada
Daniel Santiago (216-C-76) of Puerto Rico
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85) of Brazil


Argentina beat Brazil in title game - Sep 12, 2011

Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) scored 32 points to help Argentina beat Brazil 80-75 on Sunday in the championship game of the Olympic basketball qualifying tournament for the Americas.

Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) added 16 points for Argentina in the game that was mostly for pride after both teams earned spots in the London Olympics with their semifinal victories.

Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) had 17 points for Brazil.

In the third-place game, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) scored 23 for the Dominican Republic in a 103-89 victory over Puerto Rico The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela - by claiming spots three, four and five in the tournament - earned places in a qualifying tournament just before the Olympics.

The United States qualified for London by winning last year's world championship.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Day 10: Brazil, Argentina qualify for 2012 Olympics - Sep 11, 2011

Brazil and Argentina picked up victories Saturday to claim berths in next year's London Olympics.

Brazil defeated the Dominican Republic 83-76, and Argentina beat Puerto Rico 81-79 in the semi-finals of the Olympic basketball qualifying for the Americas.

The two finalists meet Sunday and qualify automatically for London. The third through fifth-placed teams earn spots in a qualifying tournament just before the games, which will award several more berths for London. Venezuela claimed the fifth-placed spot.

The United States won the world championship last year and has already qualified for London.

Brazil and Argentina were the two favoured teams in the tournament and had the best records in two rounds of qualifying..

Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) led Brazil with 20 points in the semi-final victory with 19 for teammate Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports).

Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) and Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) topped the Dominican Republic with 18.

We have realized a dream, Machado said. We have worked hard for this, and this is a prize for effort and talent.

The Dominican Republic led twice by three points in the second quarter, but trailed 39-36 at the break. The game was always close and the Dominican Republic drew level at 45 after a basket by Horford with 5:01 left in the third quarter.

Argentina just did enough to win their semi-final after fighting back from 48-40 down in the third quarter.

Puerto Rico tied the game at 79-79 on Daniel Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico)'s basket in close with 1:52 to play, but could not regain the lead.

Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led Argentina with 27 points and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) added 23. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 20 for Puerto Rico and Daniel Santiago scored 16.

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com



Day 9: Semifinals are set - Sep 9, 2011

Uruguay - Venezuela 80-92
Venezuela did a great job in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 92-80 in their last game to finish with 3-4 record. It is enough for the fifth place, which secured Venezuela a ticket for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year. Uruguay finished as seventh ranked team with 1-6 score. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) stepped up for the winners with 23 points. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) had 18 points each, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped his team with two points less. In the loosing squad, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) was better than the others with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) had 18 points each. Quarters: 23-23, 14-19, 21-25, 22-25. Competition continues on Saturday with the Semifinals games. Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Dominican Republic reached this stage.

Argentina - Dominican Republic 84-58
Argentina had no troubles to beat Dominican Republic 84-58 in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Argentina jumped to 6-1 and advanced to Semifinals as the second ranked team. Argentineans will play against Puerto Rico at the next stage. Dominican Republic slipped to 4-3 score (4th place) and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Finalists will book a spot for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (5 as) and Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) (8 rebs) helped with 17 and 16 points respectively. For Dominicans, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) added 12 points in this loss. Quarters: 17-14, 22-19, 19-16, 26-9. Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Puerto Rico - Brazil 72-94
Brazil advanced to Semifinals as No.1 with almost perfect 6-1 record. Brazilians handed 94-72 loss to Puerto Rico and will meet 4th ranked Dominican Republic in the Semis. Puerto Rico also advanced, but as No.3 with 5-2 record. They will play against the host of FIBA Americas Championship - Argentina. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored in Brazil with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) helped with 11 pts. Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds in loss. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) also had 15 points for Puerto Rico. Quarters: 15-29, 15-18, 19-30, 23-17). Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Panama - Canada 91-89
It was the last game in Mar del Plata for both teams. Panama celebrated their first victory 91-89 in the Quarterfinals Round, but it was not enough for them to avoid 8th place in FIBA Americas. On the other side, Canada dropped to position No.6 with 2-5 record. Both teams failed to book a spot for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) exploded for Panama with 39 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had 21 points and 12 boards, while Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) added 18 pts. In Canada, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) shined with 24 points. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) had 14 pts, while Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) netted 13 points each. Quarters: 24-27, 25-21, 21-22, 21-19. FIBA Americas Championship continues on Saturday, but without Canada and Panama. Brazil, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will fight for the Finals and a spot for the Olympic Games 2012.


Day 8: No unbeaten teams any more, three way tie on top - Sep 8, 2011

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.


Day 7 in Mar del Plata: Argentina, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil secure semifinal berths - Sep 7, 2011

Argentina - Venezuela 111-93
Argentina drained 111 points against Venezuela, what of course was enough for another comfortable win. Argentineans jumped to 5-0 in the second stage and they already secured a spot for the Semifinals. Venezuela dropped to 1-4. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) led Argentina with 26 points. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) also was great adding 20 points and 6 assists, while Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) (7 rebs) and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 19 and 17 points respectively. Ginobili, Prigioni and Nocioni drained 16 triples together with impressive percentage. In the loosing squad, Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) delivered 21 points and Windi Graterol (204-C-86) added three less. Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 30-20, 21-23, 28-29, 32-21. Argentina will play against Brazil today. Venezuela will meet winless Panama.

Panama - Brazil 65-90
Brazil cruised past Panama 90-65 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. Thanks to this win Brazil already booked a spot for the Semis. Panama stays the last ranked team at this stage with 0-5. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points for the winners, including just one miss shot for 18 minutes on the court. Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (6 rebs) delivered 12 and 11 points respectively. Silveira had 5/5 from the field and 1/1 from the FT line in 16 minutes. Panama got 20 points from Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) and Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) (11 rebs) netted 16 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 13-20, 15-24, 18-26, 19-20. Brazil will play against unbeaten Argentina today. Panama will take on Venezuela.

Puerto Rico - Canada 79-74
Puerto Rico handed 79-74 loss to Canada securing the Semifinals in Mar del Plata. Puerto Ricans jumped to 4-1 record joining Brazil and Dominican Republic. Canada dropped to 1-4 and they lost all chances to reach the Semis. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) paced Puerto Rico to victory scoring 26 points. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) helped with 11 points, 5 boards and 6 assists. In Canada, Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) delivered 18 points. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) (5 rebs) and Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) (5 rebs) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: Today, Puerto Rico will play against Dominican Republic. Puerto Ricans lost Daniel Santiago for rest of the FIBA Americas Championship due to right foot injury. Canada will meet Uruguay in their next game.

Uruguay - Dominican Republic 76-84
Dominicans booked a spot for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 84-76 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. The same score also have Brazil and Puerto Rico. Uruguay has no chance to reach the Semis (1-4). Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) shined for the winners with double-double of 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 12 and Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) helped Dominican Republic with 11 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) responded with 22 points and 6 assists in loss. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 13 pts and 7 rebs, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) added 11 points and also 7 boards. Quarters: 25-19, 17-25, 18-17, 16-23. Dominicans will meet Puerto Rico today. Uruguay will play against Canada.


First games of the Quarterfinals Round - Sep 6, 2011

Dominican Republic - Panama 92-68
Dominican Republic trashed Panama 92-68 in the first game of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Thanks to this victory Dominicans jumped to 3-1 record, while on the other side Panama dropped to 0-4. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) led the winners in scoring last night with 17 points (5 assists). Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 15 points, while Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped with 13 points and 14 rebounds (valuation 25). Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville) had 13 points and 8 assists before he faced with a very serious injury. There was something more than 30 seconds remaining in the game when Sosa broke his leg! He will miss the entire 2011/12 season because of this shocking injury. In Panama, Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) shined with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had 17 points and 12 boards, and Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) added 13 pts, plus 8 rebs. Quarters: 21-17, 23-13, 31-19, 17-19. Today, Dominicans will meet Uruguay. Panama will take on Brazil.

Venezuela - Puerto Rico 82-94
Puerto Rico recovered from defeat against Argentina and opened Quarterfinals Round with victory. They outplayed Venezuela 94-82 for 3-1 record. The same score also have Brazil and Dominican Republic. Venezuela dropped to 1-3 after this loss. Center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) stepped up for the winners with 22 points. He missed just once for 20 minutes on the court. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) had 18 points and Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) helped with 14 points, plus 6 assists. Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) responded with 18 points in defeat. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points and 5 rebs, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) added 15 pts. Quarters: 19-18, 17-26, 21-31, 25-19. Puerto Rico will play against Canada today. Venezuela will meet undefeated Argentina.

Canada - Argentina 53-79
Argentina stays perfect in Mar del Plata. It was the first game of the Quarterfinals Round and Argentina celebrated 79-53 win against Canada. The host of FIBA Americas Championship has 4-0 record now, while Canada dropped to 1-3. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated once again collecting 22 points and 6 rebounds. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) had 17 points, Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) followed with 13 pts and 6 rebs. In the loosing squad, Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) shined with double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) had 12 points and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) stopped to 9 pts. Canada expected way more from English in this championship. Quarters: 9-21, 13-16, 21-17, 10-25. Argentina will meet Venezuela today and another easy win is expected. Canada will play against Puerto Rico.

Brazil - Uruguay 93-66
Brazil destroyed Uruguay in the first game of the Quarterfinals Round. It was a 93-66 victory and Brazil jumped to 3-1 record. Uruguay joined Venezuela and Canada with 1-3 score. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) was the leading player in victory with 21 points. He made 5 of 7 attempts from behind the arc in this game. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points each, and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) helped Brazil with 10 points. In Uruguay, Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) and Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) collected 12 and 11 points respectively. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) had 9 points and 5 rebounds coming off the bench. Quarters: 25-16, 17-18, 28-12, 23-20. Brazil will play against Panama today. Uruguay will meet Dominicans.


Qualifying Round is over in Mar del Plata (Day Five) - Sep 4, 2011
Group A
Venezuela - Canada 103-98 OT
Venezuela celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Mar del Plata. They grabbed an OT win against Canada 103-98 ending as third ranked team of Group A with 2-2 score. Canada has the same record (4th place) and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) led the scorers in victory with 29 points. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) had 28 points, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped with double-double of 15 points and 10 assists. In Canada, Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) shined with 28 points. Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) (6 rebs) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) netted 19 and 18 points respectively. Quarters: 23-21, 17-17, 22-25, 22-21, 19-14 OT. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Venezuela will meet Puerto Rico. Canada will take on Argentina.

Cuba - Brazil 83-93
Expected 93-83 win for Brazil, who ended Qualifying Round with almost perfect 3-1 record. However because of the loss against Dominican Republic, Brazil ended as No.2 of Group A while first place belongs to Dominicans. Of course, both teams head to Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Cuba finished with poor 0-4 and failed to advance. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) came up with 19 points for Brazil and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) followed them with 15 points and also 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) exploded with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) delivered 26 points for his team. Quarters: 20-26, 17-26, 14-21, 32-20. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Brazil will play against Uruguay. Cuba finished its participation in Mar del Plata.
Group B
Uruguay - Paraguay 79-66
Great performance by Uruguay, who outplayed Paraguay 79-66 for 2-2 record in Group B. It is enough for third place and Uruguay advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Paraguay says goodbye with poor 0-4. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) stepped up for Uruguay with 19 points and 5 rebounds. He made five triples in this meeting. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 points and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) shined with 12 points, plus 16 boards. In defeat, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) netted 18 points. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) had one less and Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 21-20, 20-18, 21-9, 17-19. Quarterfinals Round start tomorrow and Uruguay will meet Brazil in the first game.

Argentina - Panama 90-71
Argentina won the Qualifying Group B in Mar del Plata with 4-0 score. In the last day of this stage they handed 90-71 loss to Panama, who also advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Panamanians are No.3 of this pool with 1-3 record. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated under the basket with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) scored 18, Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) (6 rebs) had 17 points and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) helped with 14 points, plus 8 assists. Panama got 20 points from Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU). Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) shined with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) collected 13 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 21-20, 17-19, 26-12, 26-20. Argentina will meet Canada in the first game of the Quarterfinals Round. Panama will play against Dominican Republic. All teams will take a rest today.



Day Four in Mar del Plata - Sep 3, 2011
Group A
Brazil - Dominican Republic 74-79
Dominican Republic crushed Brazil in Mar del Plata. Dominicans handed them first loss 74-79 at the FIBA Americas Championship jumping to 3-1 record. It is not known yet will it be enough for the first place in Group A, but Dominicans already booked a spot for the next stage. Brazil dropped to 2-1 and they will also advance. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) paced Dominicans to victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 14 points (4/5 for 3-pts), while Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) helped with double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. In Brazil, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) also scored 16 pts, but to go with 5 assists. Quarters: 18-17, 21-26, 21-18, 14-18. Brazil will meet Cuba today and easy win is expected. Brazil also needs Canada to beat Venezuela to take the first place in Group A. Dominicans already played their four games at this stage.

Canada - Cuba 84-62
Canada grabbed second straight win in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Cuba 84-62 for 2-1 record in Group A and thanks to this win Canadians secured a spot for the next stage. Cuba dropped to 0-3 and they have no chance to advance. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) led Canada in scoring with 13 points and Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had two less than him. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) (5 rebs) and Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) helped with 9 points each. In Cuba, Yorman Polas (192-F-85) and Juan Pineiro (193-G-90) delivered 14 and 13 points respectively. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) stopped to 12 pts. Quarters: 22-7, 16-13, 16-20, 30-22. Canada will meet Venezuela today. Cuba will take on Brazil.
Group B
Puerto Rico - Argentina 74-81
It was a game for the first place in Group B of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. The host of this event celebrated 81-74 win against Puerto Rico for perfect 3-0 score in this pool. Puerto Rico ended this phase with 3-1, what is enough for the second place and of course they advanced to the next stage. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) shined in Argentina with 23 points. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) helped with 14 pts. In the loosing squad, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) was way better than the others with 24 points. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 13 points and pulled down 8 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) stopped to 11 pts. This quarter was the crucial one in this meeting: 18-21, 18-13, 14-28, 24-19. Argentina will play against Panama today. Puerto Rico already played their four games at this stage.

Panama - Uruguay 61-77
Uruguay registered valuable 77-61 win against Panama making a huge step forward to the next stage in Mar del Plata. Thanks to this win, which is at the same time their first one, Uruguay joined Panama with 1-2 record. Both teams have a good chance to advance. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) exploded with 24 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. He reached valuation 31. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) netted five points less. In defeat, Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) top-scored with 19 points. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) added 10 points and 10 rebs. Quarters: 13-14, 16-16, 14-23, 18-24. Uruguay will meet Paraguay today in another crucial game. Panama will play against untouchable Argentineans.



Day Three in Mar del Plata - Sep 2, 2011
Group A
Dominican Republic - Canada 72-73
Canada grabbed their first win in Mar del Plata. They celebrated in thriller against Dominican Republic 73-72 for 1-1 record in Group A. This is the first loss for Dominicans, who slipped to second place in this pool with 2-1 score. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) came up with 15 points in victory. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) had 12 and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) helped with two points less. In Dominican Republic, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) followed with 17 points and 11 rebs, and Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) netted 12 pts. Quarters: 16-19, 14-11, 14-21, 28-22. Canada will play against Cuba today and it should be an easy game for Canadians. Dominican Republic will meet undefeated Brazil.

Cuba - Venezuela 69-106
Venezuela registered first win in Mar del Plata. They cruised past Cuba 106-69 making a big step forward to the next round. Venezuela has 1-2 record now, while Cuba dropped to 0-2. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) shined in victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 18 points, while Dwight Lewis (196-G-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: USC) added 11 pts for his team. In defeat, Alexis Mestre (180-G-86) delivered 26 points (6 triples). Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) (8 rebs) and Lisvan Valdez (194-G/F-88) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 13-34, 20-23, 15-25, 21-24. Venezuela will take a rest today. Cuba will meet Canada.
Group B
Uruguay - Puerto Rico 64-74
Puerto Rico registered third straight win in Mar del Plata. This time they handed 74-64 loss to Uruguay keeping the first place in Group B. Of course, Puerto Rico already booked a spot for the next stage, but they also want to finish this phase with perfect score and to win this pool. Uruguay slipped to 0-2. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) top-scored for Puerto Rico with 19 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) (11 rebs) and Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) (10 rebs) helped with 8 points each. Uruguay got 16 points and 12 boards from Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83). Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) also had 16 points apiece. Quarters: 12-15, 17-21, 18-16, 17-22. Puerto Rico will meet Argentina and it will be a game for the first place in Group B. Uruguay will play against Panama.

Paraguay - Panama 86-89
Panama was better than Paraguay yesterday 89-86 and it was their first win in Mar del Plata. Panamanians have 1-1 record now and they are currently third ranked team in Group B. Paraguay dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) exploded for Panama with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) also was impressive adding 25 points and 6 rebs, while Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) helped with 18 points and 10 rebs. In Paraguay, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) drained 36 points (6 triples, valuation 32). Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) had 25 points and 8 rebs, but Paraguay did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 19-23, 25-17, 11-30, 31-19. Panama will meet Uruguay today. Paraguay will take a rest.


Day Two in Mar del Plata - Sep 1, 2011
Group A
Venezuela - Dominican Republic 89-92
Dominican Republic grabbed 92-89 win against Venezuela in Day Two of the FIBA Americas Championship. Thanks to this win Dominican Republic stays perfect in Group A sharing the first place with Brazil. Venezuela dropped to 0-2. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) once again stepped up for Dominicans. He had 19 points with just one miss for 36 minutes on the court. He also added 10 rebounds reaching valuation 35. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had 18 points and 14 boards, while Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) helped with 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) top-scored with 19 points. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) almost had triple-double (16 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists), while Windi Graterol (204-C-86) had 14 points and 6 rebs. Quarters: 26-22, 23-19, 25-22, 15-29. Today, Dominican Republic will play against Canada. Venezuela will meet Cuba.

Canada - Brazil 57-69
Brazil jumped to 2-0 in Mar del Plata. They handed 69-57 loss to Canada sharing the first place in Group A with also perfect Dominican Republic. Canada has 0-1 now as it was their first appearance at this event. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) was a key player for Brazil with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. He reached valuation 24. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 13 points, while Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) helped with 12 points each. Canada did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring. Their best players was Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) with 9 points, while Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) had one less than him. Quarters: 17-12, 11-21, 18-14, 11-22. Brazil will take a rest today. Canada will meet Dominican Republic.
Group B
Argentina - Uruguay 86-51
Argentina had no troubles to register another win in Mar del Plata. They cruised past Uruguay 86-51 for 2-0 record in Group B. Puerto Rico has the same score in this pool. It was the first appearance for Uruguay, who has 0-1 now. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) top-scored in victory with 18 points. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) had double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) also had 16 pts in this victory. Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) helped with 11 points and 5 boards. In Uruguay, Bruno Fitipaldo (183-G-91) delivered 11 points and was their best player. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) netted 8 pts. Quarters: 25-7, 28-12, 21-11, 12-21. Argentina will take a rest today. Uruguay will meet strong Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico - Paraguay 101-55
Another easy win for Puerto Rico. This time they blasted Paraguay 101-55 for perfect 2-0 record in Group B. On the other side, Paraguay faced with their second loss so they have 0-2 now. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) came up with 19 points for 16 minutes on the court. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) and John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) netted 11 points each. In defeat, Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) was better than the others with 18 points. Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) and Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) delivered 13 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 15-10, 30-20, 30-12, 26-13. Next rival of Puerto Rico will be Uruguay. Paraguay will play against Panama also today.


Day One in Mar del Plata - Aug 31, 2011
Group A
Brazil - Venezuela 92-83
Brazil celebrated in Day One of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. They handed 92-83 loss to Venezuela for 1-0 score in Group A. Brazil had five players with double-digits in scoring yesterday. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) was the leading one with 17 points, plus he had 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) (7 as) and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) (6 rebs) had 16 points each, Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 and Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) had 11 pts. In Venezuela, Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) responded with 26 points and 7 assists. Gregory Echenique (205-C-90) (7 rebs) and David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) posted 12 and 11 points respectively. Their team has 0-1 now. Participants of Group A are also Cuba, Dominican Republic and Canada. Quarters: 25-26, 14-18, 27-25, 26-14. Brazil will play against Canada today. Venezuela will take on strong Dominican Republic.

Dominican Republic - Cuba 90-60
Dominican Republic opened FIBA Americas Championship 2011 in style. They destroyed Cuba 90-60 for 1-0 record in Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Canada, Venezuela and Brazil. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) shined for the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had double-double of 16 points and 10 boards, while Edgar Sosa (188-PG-88, college: Louisville) helped with 14 pts. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) delivered 11 pts in this meeting. In the loosing squad, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) was better than the others with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Lisvan Valdez (194-G/F-88) and Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) had 15 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 18-8, 20-11, 31-18, 21-23. In Day Two, Dominican Republic will meet Venezuela. Cuba will take a break.
Group B
Paraguay - Argentina 52-84
Argentina cruised past Paraguay 84-52 in Day One of the FIBA Americas Championship 2011. The host of this event has 1-0 in Group B. Panama, Puerto Rico and Uruguay are also participants of this pool. Argentina took control on Paraguay from the beginning and never looked back. Alfredo Quinteros (186-G-79) led the hosts with 19 points (valuation 22). Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 14 points and 6 rebounds, while Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) helped with 12 points and 8 boards. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 5 rebounds each. On the other side, Paraguay got 18 points from Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82). Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) and Jose Fabio (198-F-77) (9 rebs) scored 13 and 11 pts respectively. Quarters: 8-27, 15-18, 17-24, 12-15. Argentina will meet Uruguay in Day Two. Paraguay will play against Puerto Rico.

Panama - Puerto Rico 66-99
Puerto Rico exploded in Day One of the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. They smashed Panama 99-66 for 1-0 score in Group B. Of course, Panama has 0-1 now. Their rivals in this pool are Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) came of the bench for Puerto Rico to score 16 points and grab 5 rebounds. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 15 points and 6 rebounds, while Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) and Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) (7 as) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. In Panama, Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) (6 rebs) also scored 16 points and Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) (5 rebs) had two less than him. Quarters: 8-18, 20-23, 18-25, 20-33. Puerto Rico will play against Paraguay today. Panama will have a day-off.


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