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FIBA Americas Standings
Group C
 1. Mexico 5-2 
 2. Dominican R. 5-2 
 3. P.Rico 5-2 
 4. Argentina 4-3 
 5. Venezuela 4-3 
 6. Canada 3-4 
 7. Uruguay 1-6 
 8. Jamaica 1-6 
Group D (Places 9-10)
 1. Brazil 0-4 
 2. Paraguay 0-4 
FIBA Americas Stage One Standings
Group A
 1. P.Rico 4-0 
 2. Canada 3-1 
 3. Uruguay 2-2 
 4. Jamaica 1-3 
 5. Brazil 0-4 
Group B
 1. Argentina 3-1 
 2. Mexico 3-1 
 3. Venezuela 2-2 
 4. Dominican R. 2-2 
 5. Paraguay 0-4 
Points Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Scola, Indiana P.18.8 
 2. Balkman, Guayama18.7 
 3. Ayon, Atlanta H.17.5 
 4. Batista, Karsiyaka16.8 
 5. Joseph, San A.16.1 
 6. Arroyo, Galatasaray15.8 
 7. Barea, Minnesot.15.6 
 8. Samuels, EA7 A.15.4 
 9. Nicholson, Orlando15.0 
 10. Smith, Maccabi Ha.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  URU
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Batista, Karsiyaka10.4 
 2. Thompson, Clevelan.10.0 
 3. Martinez, Arecibo9.4 
 4. Ayon, Atlanta H.9.2 
 5. Balkman, Guayama8.9 
 6. Smith, Maccabi Hai.7.8 
 7. Baez, G.Canari.6.9 
 8. Mata, Quebradillas6.9 
 9. Scola, Indiana P.6.9 
 10. Jordan, Talk N T.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.2 
 2. Joseph, San A.4.4 
 3. Barea, Minnesot.4.2 
 4. Arroyo, Galatasaray4.1 
 5. Smith, Maccabi Hai.3.5 
 6. Scola, Indiana P.3.1 
 7. Scott, Guaiqueries3.0 
 8. Stoll, Enel Brindi.2.9 
 9. Fitipaldo, Malvin2.8 
 10. Vargas, Marinos2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Renaldo BALKMAN
  USA
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Balkman, Guayama2.8 
 2. Smith, Maccabi Hai.2.1 
 3. Scott, Guaiqueries1.8 
 4. Campazzo, Penarol1.7 
 5. Arroyo, Galatasaray1.7 
 6. Ayon, Atlanta H.1.4 
 7. Doornekamp, NY Ph.1.3 
 8. Garcia, Houston R.1.3 
 9. Joseph, San A.1.3 
 10. Guillent, Guaros1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  MEX
  (209-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Ayon, Atlanta H.1.4 
 2. Balkman, Guayama1.4 
 3. Marriaga, Marinos1.3 
 4. Mata, Quebradillas1.1 
 5. Garcia, Houston R.1.0 
 6. Calfani, Malvin0.9 
 7. Gutierrez, CB Cana.0.9 
 8. Jordan, Talk N Te.0.9 
 9. Scola, Indiana P.0.9 
 10. Batista, Karsiyaka0.9 

Mexico clinch title in Caracas (Photo: FIBA Americas)
Starting five
#s#
Jesus Gonzalez
Gonzalez
Pedro Meza Rogel
Meza Rogel
Hector Hernandez
Hernandez
Orlando Mendez-Valdez
Mendez-Valdez
Francisco Cruz
Cruz
#e#5
4Fernando Benitez 204-F/C-89 Guaymas Mexico
5Joaquin Villanueva 207-C-86 Hermosillo Mexico
6Ricardo Calatayud 182-PG-92 UPAEP Mexico
7Marco Ramos 198-F-87 Obregon Mexico
8Oscar Perez 205-PF-85 Pavos NCG Mexico
9Jesus Gonzalez 195-F-86 Navolato Mexico
10Victor Mariscal 198-F-72 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
11Pedro Meza Rogel 186-G-85 Guasave Mexico
12Hector Hernandez 206-F-85 Guaymas Mexico
13Orlando Mendez-Valdez 185-G-86 Halc.Xalapa Mexico
14Francisco Cruz 190-G-89 Nogales Mexico
15Jose Estrada 194-G-94 High School USA


Sergio Valdeolmillos Head Coach

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Awards 2013 - Sep 13, 2013

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas 1st Team 2013
Facundo Campazzo
Campazzo
Jose Juan Barea
Barea
Renaldo Balkman
Balkman
Luis Scola
Scola
Gustavo Ayon
Ayon

Best Player: Gustavo Ayon (6'10''-F/C-85) of Mexico
Best Guard: Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Argentina
Best Forward: Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) of Puerto Rico
Best Center: Gustavo Ayon (6'10''-F/C-85) of Mexico

1st Team
PG: Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) of Argentina
PG: Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84) of Puerto Rico
F: Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) of Puero Rico
F/C: Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) of Argentina
F/C: Gustavo Ayon (6'10''-F/C-85) of Mexico

2nd Team
PG: Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79) of Puerto Rico
PG: Cory Joseph (6'3''-PG-91) of Canada
SF: Donta Smith (201-SF-83) of Venezuela
F: Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) of Dom. Rep.
C/F: Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83) of Uruguay

Honorable Mention
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86) of Mexico
James Feldeine (193-G-88) of
Dom. Rep.
Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91) of Canada
Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89) of Jamaica
Akeem Scott (186-PG-83) of Jamaica
Eulis Baez (198-F-82) of Dom. Rep.
Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Mexico



Mexico clinch title in Caracas - Sep 12, 2013

FINAL
Mexico - Puerto Rico 91-89
Mexico are the 2013 FIBA Americas champions! They defeated Puerto Rico in the title game in Caracas. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) stepped up with 20 points and 16 boards to pace the winners. He was named the MVP of the tournament. Mexico recorded a 26:18 lead after the opening quarter. Puerto Rico answered with an aggressive offense in the second term. They erupted for 27 points and cut the deficit 3-point mark at the interval 45:48. Puerto Rico took over in the third term. They denied the deficit and pulled ahead. Puerto Rico ensured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. But Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) knocked down 7 points early in the final stanza to put Mexico back in charge. Paul Stoll and Gustavo Ayon stepped up for Mexico in the key moments and gave them a late lead. Galindo had a chance to save the game for Puerto Rico but he missed a late triple. Jovan Harris finished with 23 points, while Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) added 14 points for the winners. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) responded with 23 points for Puerto Rico. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 20 points in the defeat.
3-4 Place
Dominican Republic - Argentina 93-103
Argentina earned the victory over Dominican Republic in the consolation final at the FIBA Americas Championship. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) stepped up with 31 points and 11 assists to lead the winners. Argentina fired on all cylinders right from the start. They knocked down 26 points in the opening quarter and gained a 6-point lead. Dominican Republic cut the deficit in the second term. The Caribbean team tied things up at 45 after twenty minutes. Argentina eked out a 69:68 lead after three quarters of action. Argentina erupted for 34 points in the final stanza and sealed the victory at the end. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) chipped in 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) added 17 points for the winning side. Edgar Sosa (190-PG-88, college: Louisville) answered with 20 points for Dominican Republic. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) had 17 points and 18 rebounds in the defeat.


Puerto Rico and Mexico reach Final - Sep 11, 2013

Dominican Republic - Puerto Rico 67-79
Puerto Rico avenged the loss in the previous round and beat Dominican Republic in the second game between the teams at the FIBA Americas Championship. This time however the stakes were higher. Puerto Rico advanced into the Final with the victory. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) nailed 20 points to pace Puerto Rico as they would face Mexico for the trophy tonight. Puerto Rico quickly surged ahead in this one. They ensured a 6-point lead after the opening frame. Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico exchanged the baskets throughout the second term. Puerto Rico secured a 6-point lead at the interval. They shifted the gear in the third term. The Puerto Rican side unleashed 25 points in the frame and registered a comfortable 14-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Dominican Republic narrowed the deficit in the final quarter but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 16 points and 8 assists, while Renaldo Balkman added 13 points and 14 boards in the win. Eulis Baez (198-F-82, college: W.Illinois) answered with 12 points for Dominican Republic. Ronald Ramon chipped in 9 points in the defeat.

Mexico - Argentina 76-70
Mexico became the first finalists at the FIBA Americas Championship. They held off Argentina to book the place in the title game. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) stepped up with 24 points and 12 boards to pace the winners. Mexico grabbed a 20:14 lead after the opening quarter. Argentina bounced back in the second frame. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) and his teammated put together a comeback rally that propelled them to a 37:33 halftime lead. Argentina stayed aggressive offensively throughout the third term. They knocked down 21 points in the period and secured a 5-point lead heading into the fourth frame. But Mexico turned things around in the final quarter. They held Argentina to just 12 points in the frame and used an 8:2 run late in the encounter to seal the victory. Lorenzo Mata (205-C-86) and Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.) finished with 9 points each for the winners. Luis Scola responded with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Argentina. Facundo Campazzo added 14 points in the victory.


Semifinalists are set in Caracas - Sep 9, 2013

Jamaica - Venezuela 85-95
Venezuela finished the Second Stage at 2013 FIBA Americas Championship with win. They held off Venezuela for 4-3 record in the standings. It was however not enough to advance into the semifinal stage. Venezuela finished in the fifth position just behind Argentina in the standings. Jamaica slipped at 1-6 record after the loss. Venezuela held their opponents to 10 points in the opening quarter and gained a 9-point lead. Jamaica unleashed 29 points in the second term to cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 39:40. Venezuela stayed ahead in the third term. They eked out a narrow 61:59 lead at the final intermission. Venezuela finally broke the game open in the fourth stanza. They fired 34 points and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) finished with 23 points to pace the hosts. Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) added 20 points, while Axiers Sucre added 16 points in the win. Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) answered with 16 points for Jamaica. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku and Akeem Scott had 14 points each in the loss.

Puerto Rico - Mexico 59-66
Mexico clinched the top position in the ladder at the end of the second stage at FIBA Americas Championship. Mexico thus advanced into the semifinal stage and qualified for 2014 World Cup in Spain. Noe Alonzo (200-F-83, college: Grand Canyon) chipped in 13 points to pace Mexico past Puerto Rico. Mexico will now take on Argentina, while Puerto Rico will face Dominican Republic in the semis. Mexico set the tone in the opening frame. They unleashed 25 points in the first ten minutes and recorded an 8-point lead at the first break. Puerto Rico slowed their opponents down in the second term. They played more aggressive defence and narrowed the gap at two points at the interval 35:37. Mexico answered with their defensive brilliance in the third period. They limited Puerto Rico to 9 points and opened a 5-point advantage at the final break. Mexico outscored Puerto Rico in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.) had 12 points, while Jesus Gonzalez chipped in 10 points in the winning effort. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) answered with 17 points for Puerto Rico. Daniel Santiago and John Holland had 11 points each in the loss.

Uruguay - Dominican Republic 78-86
Dominican Republic advanced into the semifinal round of 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They fired past Uruguay to improve at 5-2 record in the second stage ladder. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) stepped up with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Dominican Republic also qualified for the 2014 World Championship. Uruguay snatched a narrow 19:17 lead after the opening frame. But Dominican Republic gradually picked up the tempo. They narrowed the deficit at one point 39:40 at halftime. The Caribbean team pulled ahead in the third term. Dominican Republic went on a 21:14 run to surge ahead. They fired 26 points in the fourth stanza and sealed a confident win at the end. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) finished with 14 points, while Francisco Garcia, Eloy Camacho and Eulis Baez added 13 points each in the win. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) answered with 21 points and 13 boards for Uruguay. Leandro Garcia Morales chipped in 16 points in the defeat.

Canada - Argentina 67-73
Argentina celebrated the crucial win at the FIBA Americas Championship. They overcame Canada to claim the semifinal appearance. The victory also booked the 2014 World Cup spot for Argentina. They will now face Mexico in the semis on Wednesday. Canada fell at 3-4 record and got eliminated from the title race. Canada got to the better start. The North Americas team gained an 18:13 lead after the opening frame. Argentina narrowed the gap in the second stanza. They got within 4 points at the interval 36:32. But the Latin American side erupted for 29 points in the third term and secured a 5-point advantage at the final intermission. Argentina limited their opponents to 11 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) finished with 28 points to pace the charge. Selem Safar (190-SG-87) contributed 18 points, while Facundo Campazzo added 10 points in the win. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) answered with 19 points for Canada. Andrew Nicholson had 17 points in the defeat.


Day 3 of Second Stage in Caracas - Sep 8, 2013

Dominican Republic - Canada 81-74
Dominican Republic recorded the fourth straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship. They overcame Canada for 4-2 record in the standings. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) scored 20 points to lead the charge. Canada fell at 3-3 record after the loss. Canada erupted for 28 points in the opening frame to gain a 10-point lead. Dominican Republic stopped the rot in the second stanza. The Caribbean team fired 27 points and surged ahead for a 45:44 halftime lead. The tempo decreased in the third term. Dominican Republic stressed their defence and held the North Americas side to just 13 points in the period. Dominican Republic entered the fourth quarter up by two points. They knocked down 22 points in the final period and escaped with a tough win at the end. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) delivered 17 points, while Eloy Camacho and Eulis Baez had 11 points each in the victory. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) responded with 29 points for Canada. Tristan Thompson chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Venezuela - Puerto Rico 85-86 OT
Puerto Rico snatched a tough overtime win over hosting Venezuela at the FIBA Americas Championship. The victory propelled Puerto Rico at 5-1 record on top of the second stage ladder. Venezuela fell at 3-3 record after the defeat. The hosts got to a splendid start. They erupted for 28 points in the first period and recorded a 17-point lead. Venezuela maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by 17 points. But Puerto Rico picked up the tempo in the third term. The visitors unloaded 31 points to cut the distance at 7-point mark. Venezuela stretched the gap to 11 points 77:66 midway through the fourth frame. But Puerto Rico answered with a 13:2 run to level things up at 79 and forced overtime. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) put Puerto Rico in front 84:81 early in the extra period. Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) had a chance to tie things up late in overtime but split free throws and Puerto Rico escaped with the win at the end. Jose Juan Barea finished with 30 points to lead the effort. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) added 26 points and 12 boards for the winners who sealed their semifinal appearance and therefore the ticket to 2014 World Cup in Spain. Donta Smith posted 26 points and 13 rebounds for Venezuela. Luis Bethelmy had 14 points in the loss.

Mexico - Jamaica 100-89
Mexico earned the second straight win at the second stage of FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Jamaica to gain 4-2 record in the ladder. Hector Hernandez nailed 25 points to pace the winners. Jamaica slipped at 1-5 record after the loss. Jamaica snatched a 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. The Caribbean team maintained the lead throughout the second term. Jamaica ensured a 46:44 halftime lead. But Mexico turned things their way in the third term. They unloaded 25 points to eke out a one-point lead heading into the fourth stanza 69:68. Mexico exploded with 31 points in the final period and ran away with the victory at the end. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) had 22 points, while Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) finished with 19 points for the winning side. Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) answered with 24 points for Jamaica. Patrick Ewing Jr. and Akeem Scott had 17 points each in the loss.

Argentina - Uruguay 89-63
Argentina shot down Uruguay at the second stage of the FIBA Americas Championship. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) scored 17 points to pace Argentina at 3-3 record. Uruguay slipped at 1-5 record after the defeat. Argentina and Uruguay got to a quick start. They scored 24 points apiece in the opening quarter. Argentina stiffened defensively in the second frame. They slowed down their opponents and opened an 8-point lead at the interval 43:35. Argentina stayed dominant throughout the third term. They ensured a 16-point lead at the final break. Argentina erupted for 26 points in the final term and sealed the victory. Adrian Boccia (195-G/F-82) finished with 16 points, while Marcos Mata added 12 points in the win. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group) answered with 14 points for Uruguay. Bruno Fitipaldo had 13 points in the loss.


Day 2 of Second Stage in Caracas - Sep 7, 2013

Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 84-99
Dominican Republic came up with impressive performance against Puerto Rico to hand those the first defeat at the FIBA Americas Championship. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Puerto Rico gained a 20:15 lead after the starting quarter. Dominican Republic narrowed the gap in the second frame. They trailed by four points at the interval. The Dominican team increased the tempo in the third quarter. They dropped 23 points in the period and got within a single point at the final intermission. Puerto Rico collapsed defensively in the fourth period. They conceded 37 points and had to surrender at the end. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) chipped in 18 points, while James Feldeine added 17 points in the win. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) answered with 22 points for Puerto Rico. John Holland had 16 points in the loss.

Uruguay - Mexico 73-87
Mexico are back to winning ways at the FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Uruguay for 3-2 record in the Second Stage ladder. Uruguay fell at 1-4 record. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) delivered 17 points to pace the winners. Mexico held Uruguay to just 11 points in the opening frame and gained a 7-point lead. They unloaded 29 points in the second quarter to clear off. Mexico established a comfortable 47:27 halftime lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the third term. Mexico entered the final stanza up by 22 points. Uruguay cut the deficit in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) chipped in 16 points, while Hector Hernandez added 13 points in the victory. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) answered with 25 points and 19 rebounds for Uruguay. Bruno Fitipaldo had 13 points in the loss.

Canada - Venezuela 59-64
Venezuela improved at 3-2 record in the FIBA Americas Championship second stage standings. The hosts held off Canada in Caracas. Nestor Colmenares (203-PF-87, college: Campbellsville) chipped in 13 points in the winning effort. Venezuela eked out a 16:14 lead after the opening quarter. They extended their lead in the second frame. The hosts accumulated a 35:26 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Venezuela remained ahead by 9 points heading into the fourth period. The North American side tried to stitch up a comeback rally in the final stanza but came up short at the end. David Cubillan (181-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 12 points for Venezuela. Gregory Vargas chipped in 9 points in the win. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) provided 14 points, while Tristan Thompson contributed 12 points and 20 rebounds for Canada.

Jamaica - Argentina 81-75
Jamaica came up with a loud bang at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Argentina at the second stage of the tournament in Caracas today. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) nailed 24 points to pace the Caribbean side. Jamaica eked out a 17:16 lead after the opening quarter. Argentina stiffened defensively and took over in the second period. They held Jamaica to 11 points to gain a 31:28 halftime lead. The Latin American powerhouse stretched their lead in the third term. Argentina opened a 5-point advantage before the final term 55:50. Jamaica however turned things around in the fourth period. They erupted for 31 points and left Argentina behind. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) finished with 12 points, while Jerome Jordan provided 11 points for the winners. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) answered with 22 points for Argentina. Facundo Campazzo had 14 points in the loss.


Second Stage starts in Caracas - Sep 6, 2013

Mexico - Canada 67-89
Canada victoriously opened the Second Stage campaign at 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Mexico for 3-1 record. Brady Heslip (188-G-90) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Mexico fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Canada eked out a 21:18 lead after the opening quarter. They stayed aggressive defensively in the second period. The North American team gained a 40:31 halftime lead. Mexico unleashed 27 points in the third term to narrow the deficit at just 2-point mark. But Canada went on a stunning 29:9 surge in the final stanza to seal the victory. Andrew Rautins (193-G-86, college: Syracuse) finished with 19 points, while Cory Joseph had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the defeat. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 23 points for Mexico. Gustavo Ayon posted 19 points and 11 boards in the defeat.

Dominican Republic - Jamaica 78-60
Dominican Republic opened the Second Stage of FIBA Americas with victory. They rallied past Jamaica for 2-2 record. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Jamaica fell at 0-4 record after the defeat. Dominican Republic opened the game with an aggressive defence. They held Jamaica to just 11 points in the opening frame to gain a 6-point lead. Dominican Republic fired 25 points in the second stanza to pile up a 13-point halftime 42:29. Jamaica stiffened their defence in the third quarter. The Caribbean team got within 12 points at the final break. But Dominican Republic went on a 21:15 run in the fourth period and secured the winning outcome at the end. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) netted 13 points in the win. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) responded with 21 points for Jamaica. Durand Scott had 14 points in the defeat.

Venezuela - Uruguay 70-64
Venezuela proved their highest ambitions with another victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. The hosts outgunned Uruguay at the start of the Second Stage. Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed 14 points to lead the charge. Venezuela dictated the tempo in the first half. They registered an 18:13 lead after the opening frame. Venezuela boosted their lead to 9 points 35:26 at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The scoreboard read 56:47 at the final intermission. Uruguay narrowed the distance in the final period but could not threaten the hosts as Venezuela marched to the victory. Miguel Marriaga finished with 10 points, while Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) had 9 points each for the winners. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group) answered with 18 points for Uruguay. Esteban Batista provided 17 points in the losing effort.

Argentina - Puerto Rico 80-94
Puerto Rico stayed on the winning track in Caracas. They defeated Argentina for the fifth straight win at the tournament. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) finished with 23 points to pace the effort. Argentina entered the game firing from all guns. They accounted for 23 points in the opening frame to take a 9-point lead. But Puerto Rico quickly bounced back. They shifted the gear in the second stanza. Puerto Rico unleashed 30 points to cut the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime. Puerto Rico went on a massive 26:13 run in the third term to record an 8-point lead at the final intermission. Puerto Rico fired 24 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) chipped in 19 points, while Jose Juan Barea added 13 points for the winners. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) answered with 23 points for Argentina. Selem Safar had 15 points in the defeat.


The End of Preliminary Round in Caracas - Sep 4, 2013

Group A
Canada - Uruguay 93-67
Canada drubbed Uruguay for the third win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) posted 18 points to lead the North Americans to the victory. Canada finished second in preliminary Group A action. Uruguay occupied the third position in the ladder. Canada set the tone early in the encounter. They went on a storming 29:11 run in the first frame. Canada stretched the lead in the second stanza. They ensured a 51:25 halftime lead. Canada unloaded 24 points in the third quarter to enter the fourth period up by 27 points. Uruguay never recovered as Canada coasted to the victory. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) produced 17 points, while Tristan Thompson added 14 points in the win. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) answered with 18 points for Uruguay. Emilio Taboada had 14 points in the loss.

Brazil - Jamaica 76-78
Jamaica gained the crucial victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. They held off Brazil in Caracas to secure the Second Round appearance. Brazil in the meantime suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament and had to pack their bags. Jamaica eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second frame. The Caribbean team gained a 39:36 halftime lead. But Brazil surged ahead in the third term. They used an 11:3 run to open a 59:49 lead late in the period. Jamaica responded with a 10:0 run of their own to erase the deficit. It all came down to the final stretch in this one. Akeem Scott and Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville) stepped up for Jamaica in the key moments and sealed the victory. Samardo Samuels finished with 21 points to lead the winners. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) added 16 points, while Durand Scott had 14 points for Jamaica. Vitor Benite (190-SG-90) and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points apiece for Brazil.

Group B
Mexico - Argentina 78-98
Argentina proved they are the force to take into account beating Mexico by 20 points in the final game of the preliminary round at 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. The victory allowed Argentina to occupy the top position in Group A. Mexico finished in the second place in the ladder. The teams traded baskets throughout intense first quarter. The scoreboard read 25:25 after ten minutes of action. Argentina stiffened defensively in the second quarter. They held Mexico to 14 points in the period and accumulated a 5-point lead at the interval. Argentina unloaded 26 points in the third period as the margin grew at 12-point mark. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) carried Argentina to the victory in the fourth stanza. He finished with 25 points for the winners. Selem Safar (190-SG-87) added 18 points for Argentina. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.) answered with 21 points for Mexico. Gustavo Ayon chipped in 19 points in the loss.

Paraguay - Dominican Republic 54-83
Dominican Republic clinched the second victory in Group B of FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Paraguay to improve at 2-2 record. Paraguay suffered the fourth defeat at the tournament and remained at the bottom of Group B ladder. Karl-Anthony Towns (208-C-95) posted 16 points to pace the winning team. Dominican Republic erupted for 26 points in the first quarter and gained a 17-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Dominican Republic ensured a massive 29-point advantage at the interval. Paraguay finally came back to life in the third quarter. They narrowed the distance at 22-point mark at the final break. But it was too little too late. Paraguay scored only 6 points in the fourth stanza as Dominican Republic cruised to the victory. Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) netted 12 points, while Juan Coronado added 11 points for the winners. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) answered with 26 points for Paraguay. Ramon Sanchez and Federico Mellone had 12 points each in the defeat.


Results and Stats from Day 4 in Caracas - Sep 3, 2013

Group A
Jamaica - Puerto Rico 82-88
Puerto Rico earned a tough victory in the fourth day of action at the FIBA Americas Championship. They snatched win over Jamaica to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group A. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) nailed 24 points to lead the Puerto Rican side. It was a lop-sided affair in the first half. Puerto Rico dominate every facet of the game. They clinched a 25:13 lead after the opening quarter. Puerto Rico stretched their lead in the second frame. They registered a 48:33 halftime advantage. But Jamaica bounced back in the third period. They unleashed 29 points in the quarter and got within one point at the final intermission. Jamaica surged ahead late in regulation 82:81. But Puerto Rico capped the game with seven unanswered points and eked out the victory. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) provided 20 points, while Larry Ayuso added 17 points for the winning side. Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville) answered with 24 points for Jamaica. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku had 18 points in the loss.

Uruguay - Brazil 79-73
Uruguay earned the second victory at the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas. They held off Brazil for 2-1 record in Group A. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) notched 22 points and 13 boards to pace the winners. Uruguay clinched a 17:15 lead after the opening quarter. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Uruguay ensured a 36:33 halftime lead. Brazil struggled to take over in the third term. Uruguay stayed in charge entering the fourth stanza up by 6 points 56:50. Uruguay and Brazil exchanged baskets throughout the fourth frame. Uruguay held on to their lead and claimed an important victory at the end. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) chipped in 16 points, while Nicolas Mazzarino had 14 points for Uruguay. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 20 points. Caio Silveira had 12 points in the third straight loss for Brazil.

Group B
Argentina - Venezuela 77-71
Argentina claimed the second victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. They went on a 26:11 run in the fourth frame to snatch a tough victory over hosting Venezuela in Caracas. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) netted 18 points and issued 7 assists to lead the effort. The teams got to a quick start. Argentina snatched a 22:21 lead after intense first quarter. But Venezuela took over in the second frame. The hosts fired 23 points and grabbed a 44:37 halftime lead. Venezuela stayed in control throughout the third quarter. They held Argentina to just 14 points in the period and enterd the fourth frame up by 9 points 60:51. But Argentina managed to recover. They went on a massive 26:11 run in the final stanza and escaped with a tough win at the end. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) chipped in 17 points, while Pablo Espinoza added 12 points in the victory. Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with 14 points for Venezuela. Donta Smith and Axiers Sucre had 11 points each in the defeat.

Dominican Republic - Mexico 61-85
Mexico celebrated the third straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship. They cruised past Dominican Republic in Caracas today. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners. Dominican Republic fell at 1-2 record in Group B. Mexico got to a perfect start. They unleashed 29 points in the first quarter to gain a 9-point lead. Dominican Republic struggled to match their opponents in the second quarter. Mexico accumulated a 45:31 halftime advantage. Dominican Republic narrowed the deficit in the third quarter. They got within 12 points at the final break. But Mexico quickly bounced back. They went on a 25:13 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the victory. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) and Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) chipped in 16 points each for the winning side. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) answered with 16 points for Dominican Republic. Francisco Garcia had 14 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Caracas - Sep 2, 2013

Group A
Puerto Rico - Uruguay 93-69
Puerto Rico claimed the third consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. They outgunned Uruguay to remain on top of Group A. Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) and Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) finished with 19 points each for Puerto Rico. They started the game aggressively. Puerto Rico unleashed 29 points in the first ten minutes to build an 11-point lead. Puerto Rico dominated throughout the second frame. They registered a 52:32 halftime advantage. Uruguay could not match their opponents in the third term. Puerto Rico secured a comfortable 23-point lead at the final break. Puerto Rico eased to the victory in the final stanza. Renaldo Balkman chipped in 18 points, while Daniel Santiago added 10 points in the victory. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) answered with 17 points for Uruguay. Mathias Calfani had 14 points in the defeat.

Brazil - Canada 62-91
Canada registered the second victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. They trounced Brazil to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) stepped up with 28 points and 9 rebounds to pace the North American team. Brazil fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Brazil snatched a 22:19 lead after ten minutes of action. But Canada turned the tables in the second frame. The North American team went on a strong 25:12 rally in the period and established a 44:34 halftime advantage. Canada boosted the lead in the third term. They held struggling Brazil to 12 points in the period to pile up a massive 22-point lead at the final intermission. Canada fired 23 points in the fourth frame to seal the victory at the end. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) chipped in 14 points, while Andrew Nicholson added 13 points in the win. Guilherme Giovannoni (203-F-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 11 points for Brazil. Alex Ribeiro had 10 points in the loss.

Group B
Venezuela - Dominican Republic 70-65
Venezuela earned the second consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. The hosts rallied past Dominican Republic for 2-1 record in Group B. Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) nailed 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners. Venezuela ensured a strong start to the game. They accounted for a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Venezuela stretched the advantage in the second quarter. The home side secured a 38:28 halftime lead. Dominican Republic scored just 14 points in the third term as the home side boosted the gap at 11-point mark. The visitors finally tuned in offensively but it was too late as Venezuela escaped with the victory at the end. David Cubillan (181-PG-87, college: Marquette) knocked down 12 points, while Rafael Perez added 11 points in the victory. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) answered with 19 points for Dominican Republic. Francisco Garcia had 12 points in the loss.

Mexico - Paraguay 87-65
Mexico celebrated the second straight win at the start of FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas. They shot down Paraguay to keep their record spotless. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) delivered 17 points in the victory. Paraguay suffered the third consecutive defeat at the tournament. Mexico silenced their opponents in the first frame. They went on a 29:9 run to clear off. Mexico ballooned the distance in the second frame. They accounted for a 50:25 halftime advantage. Paraguay could not change the complexion of the game in the third term. Mexico eased to a 32-point lead at the final intermission. Paraguay unloaded 26 points in the fourth stanza but just sweetened the pill at the end. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) accounted for 14 points, while Jorge Gutierrez and Paul Stoll contributed 11 points apiece in the victory. Ramon Sanchez (194-F-91) answered with 15 points for Paraguay. Guillermo Araujo chipped in 14 points in the loss.


Results and Stats from Day 2 in Caracas - Sep 1, 2013

Group A
Canada - Puerto Rico 67-83
Puerto Rico earned the second consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela. They eased past Canada for 2-0 record in Group A. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) stepped up with 20 points to pace the charge. Puerto Rico earned a 19:13 lead after the opening quarter. Canada added tempo in the second frame. The North American team unloaded 24 points and cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 37:40. Canada stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They got within a single point at the final intermission 58:59. But Puerto Rico took over in the fourth frame. They ignited a massive 24:9 rally in the final term and sealed the victory. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) finished with 19 points, while Renaldo Balkman added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Puerto Rico. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) answered with 21 points for Canada. Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 9 boards in the defeat.

Uruguay - Jamaica 68-66
Uruguay clinched a narrow win at the start of their FIBA Americas Championship campaign. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) tipped the ball in late in regulation to bring Uruguay to the win. He finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Jamaica fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Uruguay and Jamaica exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Uruguay pulled ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 34:31 halftime lead. But Jamaica played more aggressive defence in the third term. They held Uruguay to 14 points and erased the deficit. Moreover the Caribbean side entered the fourth frame up by 2 points. The teams entered the final seconds tied at 66. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) missed his late attempt but Esteban Batista came up with a crucial tip in and sealed the win for Uruguay. Leandro Garcia Morales finished with 20 points, while Bruno Fitipaldo added 9 points for the winners. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) responded with 18 points for Jamaica. Samardo Samuels topscored with 19 points in the loss.

Group B
Paraguay - Venezuela 70-75
Venezuela registered the first victory at the home FIBA Americas Championship. The hosts held off Paraguay behind 15 points and 9 boards from Axiers Sucre (199-F-78). Paraguay snatched a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Paraguay entered the second half up by two points 37:35. But Venezuela surged ahead in the third term. They eked out a 56:54 lead before the fourth frame. The hosts held their opponents to just 16 points in the final stanza and snatched a tough victory at the end. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) and Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) provided 14 points each for Venezuela. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) answered with 22 points for Paraguay. Carlos Luis Vallejos netted 12 points in the loss.

Dominican Republic - Argentina 91-72
Dominican Republic came up with the loud surprise at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They cruised past Argentina in Caracas. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) nailed 21 points to lead the charge. Dominican Republic nailed 28 points in the starting quarter and ran away to a 12-point lead. Argentina stopped the rot in the second quarter. They pulled together defensively and narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 41:39. But Dominican Republic took over completely in the third term. They went on a 31:10 rally and secured a massive 23-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Argentina fired 23 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Juan Coronado (193-G-83) finished with 18 points, while Jack Michael Martinez had 12 points and 14 boards in the win. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) responded with 13 points each for Argentina.


Results and Stats from Day 1 in Caracas - Aug 31, 2013

Group A
Jamaica - Canada 64-85
Canada recorded victory in the opening game at the FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela. They held off Jamaica in Group A action. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) and Brady Heslip (188-G-90) stepped up with 17 points each for the winners. Canada started the game strong. The North American side built a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Canada maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They opened a 42:25 halftime lead. Jamaica narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Caribbean team got as close as 10 points at the final intermission. But Jamaica ran out of steam in the fourth quarter. Canada went on a 25:14 run to seal the victory. Levon Kendall had 13 points for the winners. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, college: Hofstra) responded with 16 points for Jamaica. Durand Scott and Jerome Jordan had 12 points each in the defeat.

Puerto Rico - Brazil 72-65
Puerto Rico opened win count at the FIBA Americas Championship. They prevailed against Brazil in the opening game in Caracas. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds in the winning case. Puerto Rico grabbed a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got within two points at the interval 31:29. The Brazilian side surged ahead in the third quarter. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) steered the team to a 51:48 advantage before the fourth period. But Puerto Rico bounced back straight away. They erupted for 24 points in the final stanza and snatched the victory at the end. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) delivered 15 points, while Jose Juan Barea delivered 12 points for Puerto Rico. Marcelinho Huertas answered with 16 points for Brazil. Guilherme Giovannoni chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Venezuela - Mexico 56-65
Mexico clinched the opening win at the FIBA Americas Championship. They defeated hosting Venezuela in Group B action. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) came up with 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Mexico held Venezuela to just 7 points in the opening quarter and raced to a 9-point advantage. The hosts came back to life in the second frame. They slowly adjusted their offence and narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark 23:29 at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. Mexico entered the fourth frame up by 6 points. The visitors fired 20 points in the final stanza and escaped with the victory. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) delivered 17 points, while Hector Hernandez added 11 points for Mexico. Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) and Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) reacted with 10 points apiece for Venezuela.

Argentina - Paraguay 95-60
Argentina celebrated a comfortable victory over Paraguay at the start of the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) stepped up with 13 points to lead the winners. Argentina unleashed 30 points in the first period to set the tone. They stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. Argentina accumulated a 54:27 halftime lead. Paraguay managed to slow down their opponents in the third term. They cut the deficit at 25-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But Argentina outgunned their opponents 22:12 in the final period and registered a well-deserved win at the end. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) chipped in 12 points, while Leonardo Mainoldi and Juan Gutierrez had 11 points each in the win. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) answered with 23 points for Paraguay. Federico Mellone netted 12 points in the loss.



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