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FIBA Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Canada 4-0 
 2. Cuba 3-1 
 3. Jamaica 1-3 
 4. Venezuela 1-3 
 5. Chile 1-3 
Group B
 1. Brazil 4-0 
 2. P.Rico 3-1 
 3. Argentina 2-2 
 4. Dominican R. 1-3 
 5. Mexico 0-4 
Points Per Game
 Ziomara MORRISON
  CHI
  (193-C-89)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Morrison, Ceyhan B.22.5 
 2. Vega, Mann Filter20.8 
 3. Amargo, Sancti S.18.4 
 4. Silva, Aguilas15.8 
 5. Castro, Aguilas15.3 
 6. Cortijo, Carolina15.2 
 7. Dos Santos, Ameri.14.5 
 8. Marquez, Carabobo13.5 
 9. Paniagua, Mauricio.13.3 
 10. Sepulveda, Chieti13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gisela VEGA
  ARG
  (187-C-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Vega, Mann Filter11.5 
 2. Morrison, Ceyhan B.11.0 
 3. Cepeda, Sancti S.9.0 
 4. Gomes Calhad., Rec.8.8 
 5. Dos Santos, Ameri.8.2 
 6. Castro, Aguilas8.0 
 7. Do Amaral, Ameri.7.3 
 8. Tatham, Halle7.2 
 9. Noblet, Guantanamo6.8 
 10. Mosquete, DOM N.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Melisa GRETTER
  (168-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Gretter, Union F.6.3 
 2. Cortijo, Carolina5.3 
 3. Morales, Club S.4.8 
 4. Pinto, Recife4.8 
 5. Silva, Arkansas.4.5 
 6. Basaez, Boston C.4.0 
 7. Garcia, Petroleras3.8 
 8. da Costa, Ameri.3.8 
 9. Gelis, Santiago3.8 
 10. Sepulveda, Chieti3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Carla CORTIJO
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cortijo, Carolina3.3 
 2. Gretter, Union F.3.3 
 3. Dixon, Cougars2.8 
 4. Silva, Arkansas.2.0 
 5. De La Quinta., Sok.2.0 
 6. Morales, Carolina2.0 
 7. Dos Santos, Ameri.2.0 
 8. Silva, Aguilas1.8 
 9. Sepulveda, Chieti1.8 
 10. Tatham, Halle1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ziomara MORRISON
  CHI
  (193-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Morrison, Ceyhan B.2.5 
 2. Edwards, Pecs 20101.5 
 3. Burani, San Giovan.1.5 
 4. Paniagua, Mauricio.1.5 
 5. Gomes Calhad., Rec.1.2 
 6. Camacho, Sinaloa1.0 
 7. Sanchez, Petroleros1.0 
 8. Naranjo, Los Leon.1.0 
 9. Do Amaral, Ameri.1.0 
 10. Flores, Lanus1.0 

Yamara Amargo - the MVP of the tournament (Photo: FIBA Americas)

Cuba crowned champions in Xalapa (Photo: FIBA Americas)
Starting five
#s#
Oyanaisy Gelis
Gelis
Yamara Amargo
Amargo
Marlenis Cepeda
Cepeda
Clenia Noblet
Noblet
Leidys Oquendo
Oquendo
#e#5
4Francy Ochoa 185-F-90 Villa Clara Cuba
5Ineidis Casanova 165-PG-88 Santiago Cuba
6Anisleidy Galindo 179-SG-89 Pinar del Rio Cuba
7Oyanaisy Gelis 172-SG-83 Santiago Cuba
8Arlenys Romero 176-PG-84 Pinar del Rio Cuba
9Yamara Amargo 179-PF-85 Sancti Spiritus Cuba
10Arlety Povea 186-PF-84 Pinar del Rio Cuba
11Marlenis Cepeda 193-C-85 Sancti Spiritus Cuba
12Clenia Noblet 190-C-87 Guantanamo Cuba
13Taimy Fernandez 183-PF-82 Pinar del Rio Cuba
14Leidys Oquendo 180-F-82 Camaguey Cuba
15Suchitel Avila 184-PF-82 Capitalinas Cuba

Alberto Zabala Head Coach
Jose Ramirez Assistant

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Awards 2013 - Oct 3, 2013

Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas 1st Team 2013
Carla Cortijo
Cortijo
Oyanaisy Gelis
Gelis
Tamara Tatham
Tatham
Yamara Amargo
Amargo
Clarissa Dos Santos
Dos Santos

Best Player: Yamara Amargo (179-PF-85) of Cuba
Best Guard: Carla Cortijo (172-G-87) of
Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Yamara Amargo (179-PF-85) of Cuba
Best Center: Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) of Americana

1st Team
G: Carla Cortijo (172-G-87) of
Puerto Rico
SG: Oyanaisy Gelis (172-SG-83) of Cuba
F: Tamara Tatham (185-F-85) of Canada
PF: Yamara Amargo (179-PF-85) of Cuba
C: Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) of Brazil

2nd Team
SG: Adriana Pinto (170-SG-78) of Brazil
SG: Jazmine Sepulveda (178-SG-85) of Puerto Rico
F: Tatiana Nascimento (181-F-91) of Brazil
F: Kimberley Gaucher Smith (186-F-84) of Canada
C: Gisela Vega (187-C-82) of Argentina

Honorable Mention
Alexis Castro (180-F/G-86) of Mexico
Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89) of Chile
Cleyder Blanco (6'2''-C-90) of Venezuela
Simone Edwards (194-C-73) of Jamaica
Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) of Dominican Rep.



Cuba crowned champions in Xalapa - Sep 29, 2013

FINAL
Canada - Cuba 71-79
Cuba became the FIBA Americas Champions! They defeated Canada in the Final in Xalapa. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-SG-83) stepped up with 19 points to lead the winners. Yamara Amargo (179-PF-85) was named the MVP of the tournament. Both teams have booked their 2014 World Cup appearance. Cuba knocked down 20 points in the opening quarter and gained a 5-point lead. Cuba unloaded 25 points in the second frame and secured a comfortable 15-point halftime cushion. Canada responded with an aggressive defensive effort in the third term. The North American team cut the distance to 11 points at the final break. They dropped 24 points in the fourth period but could not avoid the defeat. Clenia Noblet (190-C-87) posted 16 points, while Leidys Oquendo had 13 points for the winners. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Massachusetts) responded with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Miranda Ayim chipped in 13 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Brazil - Puerto Rico 66-56
Brazil earned the Bronze medals at the FIBA Americas Championship. They held off Puerto Rico in the consolation final in Xalapa. The victory also meant the World Cup qualification for Brazil. Puerto Rico snatched a 19:18 lead after ten minutes of action. But Brazil responded with a brisk rally in the second term. They pulled ahead for a 38:28 halftime lead. Puerto Rico tried hard to stay in the game in the third term. They narrowed the distance at 9-point mark heading into the fourth period. But Brazil slowed their opponents down in the final stanza. Puerto Rico managed just 12 points in the fourth period and had to surrender at the end. Tatiana Nascimento (181-F-91) finished with 18 points for Brazil. Clarissa dos Santos had 15 points in the win. Jazmine Sepulveda (178-SG-85, agency: Merit Management Group, college: S.Florida) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Puerto Rico. Ashley Prim (170-G-91, college: St.Joseph's) netted 11 points in the losing effort.


Cuba and Canada enter the Final - Sep 28, 2013

Brazil - Cuba 68-72
Cuba shock Brazil to enter the Final of the FIBA Americas. Cuba grabbed a 72:68 win in the Semifinal clash and will take on Canada in the Final. Brazil meanwhile will play against Puerto Rico for the third place. Cuba opened the game with a 22-15 lead and added massive 18-6 surge in the second frame. Brazil however was too far to give and exploded in the third quarter. They needed a 28-15 burst to cut it to 55:49 after three quarters. Adriana Pinto (170-SG-78) tied it all at 68:68, but Cuba scored the last 4 points in the game and sealed the victory. Noblet Clenia top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) nailed 17. Gelis Oyanaisy notched 13, whilst Marlenis Cepeda (193-C-85) collected 10+ points and 15 boards. Adriana Pinto ended up with 15 points in a loss and Dos Santos Clarissa nailed 12. Karla da Costa delivered 11, whilst Do Amaral Damiris had 10.

Canada - Puerto Rico 73-48
Canada stun Puerto Rico in the Semifinal clash of the FIBA Americas. They posted a comfortable 73:48 win and advanced to the Final. Canada erupted with a 26-8 lead in the opening period and never looked behind. Puerto Rico meanwhile won the second frame 18-13 and reduced to 39:26 at the halftime. Canada took the control back in the second half and posted two victories. They won the third period 19-14 and finished the game with a 15-8 run. Gaucher Smith Kimberley top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Achonwa Natalie collected 11 points and 10 rebounds. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Massachusetts) poured in 10 and Nurse Kia shot 9. Carla Cortijo (172-G-87, college: Texas) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort as Puerto Rico will play for the third game tomorrow. Mari Placido (181-F-87) and Sepulveda Jazmine notched 5 points each.




Semifinals are set in Xalapa - Sep 26, 2013

Group A
Venezuela - Jamaica 61-81
Jamaica registered the first win at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Venezuela to clinch the fourth position in Group A. Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) and Angelee LaTouche (187-F/C-85) stepped up with 16 points each to pace the winners. Jamaica held their opponents to just 12 points in the first frame taking a 2-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Jamaica arrived at the interval up by 7 points 37:30. Jamaica stayed in control throughout the third term. The Caribbean side opened an 11-point cushion heading into the final stanza. Jamaica did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory. Vanessa Gidden finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Daniela Wallen (176-SG-95) answered with 15 points for Venezuela. Ivaney Marquez chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Cuba - Canada 40-53
Canada recorded the fourth straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Massachusetts) had 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the North Americans. Canada will now take on Puerto Rico in the semis. Cuba will face Brazil in another semifinal clash. Cuba opened an 8-point lead after the opening quarter. But things changed drastically in the second frame. Canada fired 23 points to pull ahead. They established a 32:30 halftime advantage. Canada limited Cuba to only 2 points in the third term to stretch the gap to 10 points. The North American side went on a 13:8 run in the final term to seal the winning outcome. Kia Nurse (177-PG-96) chipped in 13 points, while Kimberley Gaucher Smith provided 7 points in the victory. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-SG-83) answered with 11 points for Cuba. Yamara Amargo posted 10 points in the loss.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 84-59
Puerto Rico clinched the second position in FIBA Americas Group B. They overcame Dominican Republic in the final game of the preliminary round. Carla Cortijo (172-G-87, college: Texas) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners. Puerto Rico will take on Canada in the semis. Puerto Rico fired from all guns right from the start. They poured in 33 points in the first quarter to secure a 21-point lead. Puerto Rico established a 27-point lead at the interval. They stayed in control after the big break. Puerto Rico arrived at the final break up by as many as 33 points. Dominican Republic narrowed the deficit in the final term but could not avoid the defeat at the end. Jazmine Sepulveda (178-SG-85, agency: Merit Management Group, college: S.Florida) chipped in 15 points, while Angiely Morales had 13 points in the win. Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) responded with 21 points for Dominican Republic. Escarlin Moquete Roa had 10 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Mexico - Brazil 45-97
Brazil finished their FIBA Americas Championship preliminary round campaign on a high note. They bruised hosting Mexico to enter the semifinal stage undefeated. Patricia Ribeiro (176-G/F-90) had 15 points to lead two-time defending champions. Brazil dominated from tip off. They cleared off to a 9-point lead at the first break 23:14. Brazil stayed dominant in the second quarter. They registered a 48:32 halftime advantage. Brazil held the hosts to 7 points in the third term to boost the gap at 34-point mark. Brazil never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory. Tatiana Nascimento (181-F-91) delivered 14 points, while Damiris Do Amaral and Nadia Gomes Calhado added 12 points apiece in the win. Brisa Silva (170-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) answered with 12 points for Mexico. Alexis Castro had 10 points in the defeat.


Day 4 in Xalapa - Sep 25, 2013

Group A
Canada - Venezuela 89-45
Canada demolish Venezuela in Day 4 of the FIBA Americas. They grabbed 3-0 record on top of Group A after a confident 89:45 victory. Venezuela dropped at 1-2 record in the group. Canada started the game with a 21-8 run and never looked behind. They added 16-11 rally in the second period and enjoyed a 37:19 halftime advantage. Canada continued their dominance in the second half as well as posted two more victories. They finished the game with a massive 29-6 surge and took 44-point win. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88, college: Dayton) led well-balanced Canada with 16 points, whilst Kia Nurse (177-PG-96), Gaucher Smith Kimberley and Achonwa Natalie notched 12 each. Courtnay Pilypaitis (184-G-88, college: Vermont) ended up with 8 points in a win. Perez Waleska replied with 13 points in defeat and Marquez Ivaney scored 9. Blanco Cleyder netted 8 and Corrales Yosimar brought 7.

Jamaica - Chile 56-74
Chile posts the initial win in Xalapa of the FIBA Americas. They overcame Jamaica 74:56 and improved to 1-3 record. Jamaica meanwhile fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the group. Both teams entered the game winless and looked forward for the first success. Jamaica surprised the opponents with a 10-2 start, but could not win the game. Chile erupted with 28 points in the second and then the third periods and took the lead in the game. Jamaica managed to win the last stanza 21-16 and reduced to final 18 points. Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Basaez Sendy netted 16. Barbara Cousino (178-F-96) produced 12, whilst Morales Javiera had 9. Ziomara Morrison answered with 20 points in defeat and Basaez Sendy scored 16. Barbara Cousino poured in 12, whilst Morales Javiera had 9.

Group B
Dominican Republic - Mexico 84-77
Dominican Republic beat the hosts for the initial win at the FIBA Americas. They overcame Mexico 84:77 and improved to 1-2 record in Group B. The latter meanwhile fell at 0-3 record. Dominican Republic opened the game with a 22-17 lead and led 3 points at the halftime. The third period was decisive in the game as the guests needed a 27-19 run for the 11-point deficit. Mexico replied with a 21-18 run in the last stanza for the final result. Paniagua Andreina top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) collected 19 points and 11 rebounds. Santos Melissa notched 10, whilst Mosquete Escarlin, Johanna Morton (88) and Estrella Jennifer added 9 apiece. Castro Alexis answered with 25 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Silva Brisa posted 20. Martha Camacho (183-C/F-82) collected 12 points and 11 rebounds in a loss and Guardiola Rosaura notched 8.

Brazil - Argentina 69-60
Brazil pip Argentina for 3-0 record in Group B of the FIBA Americas. They grabbed a 69:60 win and remained undefeated at the tournament. Argentina fell at 2-2 record and dropped to the third place in the group. Argentina won the first period 19-18, but could not match the opponents in the second quarter. Brazil needed a 15-8 run to take 33:27 halftime advantage. Brazil added 21-18 third quarter rally and had 9-point lead after three quarters. Both teams scored 15 points each in the last stanza for the final result. Damiris Do Amaral top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Karla da Costa netted 13. Clarissa Dos Santos produced 12 and Nadia Gomes Calhado (193-C-89) had 10. Gisela Vega (187-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 23 points in defeat and Maria Lineira (180-F-83) notched 9. Gretter Melisa and Sanchez Erica nailed 6 points each in a loss.




Day 3 in Xalapa - Sep 24, 2013

Group A
Chile - Canada 51-93
Canada clinched the second consecutive win at the FIBA Americas Championship. They outscored Chile for 2-0 record in Group A. Shona Thorburn (178-G-82, college: Utah) stepped up with 15 points to pace the North American team. Canada did not waste time as they jumped to a 26:10 lead after ten minutes. The gap kept on growing throughout the second quarter. Canada piled up a massive 49:19 halftime advantage. Chile narrowed the gap in the third term. They got within 25 points at the final intermission. But Canada responded with a strong 27:10 rally in the fourth stanza and sealed the win at the end. Kimberley Gaucher Smith (186-F-84, college: Utah) and Justine Colley (175-G-91) had 11 points apiece in the win. Barbara Cousino (178-F-96) answered with 18 points for Chile. Ziomara Morrison provided 16 points in the losing effort.

Venezuela - Cuba 72-82
Cuba registered the third straight win at the start of the FIBA Americas Championship. They overcame Venezuela in Group B action. Yamara Amargo (179-PF-85) finished with 28 points and 9 rebounds to pace Cuba. Venezuela slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. Cuba jumped to a comfortable 25:12 lead after the opening quarter. But Venezuela slowed down their opponents in the next period. Venezuela narrowed the gap at 11-point mark at the interval 29:40. Cuba extended their lead in the third term. They poured in 24 points to secure a 17-point buffer before the fourth frame. Venezuela dropped 25 points in the final period but could not avoid the defeat. Leidys Oquendo (180-F-82) had 15 points, while Oyanaisy Gelis had 11 points in the victory. Cleyder Blanco (188-C-90) answered with 19 points for Venezuela. Ivaney Marquez chipped in 15 points in the loss.

Group B
Argentina - Dominican Republic 67-44
Argentina left the defeat to Puerto Rico behind and knocked down Dominican Republic for 2-1 record in Group B of the FIBA Americas Championship. Gisela Vega (187-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) came up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Argentina. Dominican Republic suffered the second straight defeat at the tournament. Argentina opened the game with an aggressive defence. They held Dominican Republic to just 12 points in the first frame and opened a 5-point lead. The margin grew deeper in the second quarter. Dominican Republic scored just 9 points in the period and trailed by as many as 11 points 32:21 at the interval. Argentina fired 22 points in the third term to boost the gap. They entered the fourth period up by 16 points and never looked back en route to the win. Paula Reggiardo (178-F-84) chipped in 16 points, while Stephany Thomas had 8 points for the winners. Johanna Morton (88) and Andreina Paniagua (183-F-78) delivered 9 points apiece in the defeat.

Mexico - Puerto Rico 60-78
Puerto Rico celebrated the second consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. They beat hosting Mexico for 2-1 record in Group B. The home team slipped at 0-2 record after the defeat. Carla Cortijo (172-G-87, college: Texas) dropped 15 points to pace the visitors. Puerto Rico snatched a 16:15 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second frame. Puerto Rico registered a 38:32 halftime advantage. The visitors stayed in control throughout the third term. They piled up a 14-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Mexico could not recover in the latter stages of the game and had to surrender at the end. Marie Morales posted 13 points, while Ashley Prim (170-G-91, college: St.Joseph's) and Jazmine Sepulveda (178-SG-85, agency: Merit Management Group, college: S.Florida) had 11 points apiece in the victory. Alexis Castro (180-F/G-86, college: Vermont) responded with 22 points for Mexico. Brisa Silva had 14 points in the defeat.


Day 2 in Xalapa - Sep 23, 2013

Group A
Cuba - Chile 85-59
Cuba takes 2-0 record in Group A of the FIBA Americas. They overcame Chile 85:59 on Sunday for the top position. The latter dropped at 0-2 record. Cuba dominated the first court with a 23-15 lead and added 20-11 run in the second quarter. Moreover they continued their dominance in the rest of the game and won the second half as well. Cuba posted a 23-16 run in the third period and finished the game with a 19-17 rally. Yamara Amargo (179-PF-85) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Oquendo Leidys notched 18. Avila Suchitel delivered 13, whilst Noblet Clenia had 10. Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Javiera Morales (176-G-92) brought 16. Fuentes Jenifer poured in 5, whilst De La Quintana Catalina had 4.

Canada - Jamaica 75-37
Canada open the tournament with the win over Jamaica in Day 2 of the FIBA Americas. The Canadian side grabbed 1-0 record after a 75:37 win. Jamaica meanwhile fell at 0-2 record. Canada started the game with a 21-7 surge, but allowed Jamaica to reduce at the halftime. The latter needed an 18-12 run for 33;25 at the end of the second period. Canada however posted 21 points in the third and then the last stanzas. It was enough to dominate the court and achieve the victory. Gaucher Smith Kimberley top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Massachusetts) nailed 9. Ayim Miranda, Achonwa Natalie, Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) and Ross Kendel poured in 8 each. Edwards Simone answered with 12 points in the losing effort and Shenneika Smith (185-F/C-89, college: St.John's) scored 8. Gidden Vanessa poured in 6, whilst McKenzie Rhona had 4.

Group B
Puerto Rico - Argentina 85-79
Puerto Rico beat Argentina in the top game of Day 2 of the FIBA Americas. They needed an 85:79 win to tie both records at 1-1. Puerto Rico opened the game with a 27-22 lead, but Argentina dominated the second period. The latter outscored the opponents with a 26-12 surge and took 48:39 halftime advantage. The second half however fully belonged to Puerto Rico. They won the third period 16-14 and the exploded with a 30-17 surge in the last stanza. Jazmine Sepulveda (178-SG-85, agency: Merit Management Group, college: S.Florida) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Garcia Sandra collected 24 points and 11 rebounds. Mari Placido (181-F-87) brought 16, whilst Cortijo Carla had 12. Ornella Santana (183-F/C-90) ended up with 20 points in a loss, while Vega Gisela netted 15. Maria Lineira (180-F-83) shot 12 and Gretter Melisa delivered 9.

Dominican Republic - Brazil 43-107
Brazil roll over Dominican Republic in Day 2 of the FIBA Americas. The favorites posted a comfortable 107:43 win for 2-0 record on top of Group B. Dominican Republic played their first game and dropped at 0-1 record. A confident start allowed Brazil to take the lead as they never looked behind after. They grabbed 27-11 advantage after the first 10 minutes and added 25-6 rally in the second period. Moreover Brazil scored another 25 points in the third period and then poured in 30 points in the last stanza. Gomes Calhado Nadia top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Tatiana Nascimento (181-F-91) had 15. Clarissa Dos Santos notched 13, whilst Ribeiro Patricia and Debora Da Costa added 11 each. Escarlin Mosquete finished the game with 10 points in a loss, whilst Johanna Morton (88) poured in 8. Abreu Lily scored 6, whilst Monsac Sugeiry brought 5.


Day 1 in Xalapa - Sep 22, 2013

Group A
Jamaica - Cuba 51-75
Cuba cruise past Jamaica in Xalapa in Day 1 of the FIBA Americas. Trailing 1 point after the first period, Jamaica pushed the tempo for good in the rest of the game and reached a 75:51 win. Jamaica managed to win the first period 23-22, but failed in the second quarter. Cuba erupted with a 22-4 surge and grabbed 44:27 halftime advantage. Both teams scored 16 points each in the third period that remained the difference in the court. Cuba finished the game with a 15-8 run for the final result. Yamara Amargo (179-PF-85) paced all the winners with 23 points and Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) nailed 15. Fernandez Taimy and Noblet Clenia followed them with 9 points each. Shenneika Smith (185-F/C-89, college: St.John's) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Sasha Dixon (167-G-87) scored 11. Gidden Vanessa shot 7, whilst Edwards Simone put up 6.

Chile - Venezuela 74-77
Venezuela wins the opener over Chile at the FIBA Americas 2013. They needed the final push for 77:74 victory. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the first period and then Venezuela took 13:11 advantage. Corrales Yosimar scored for 20:17, while Chile took control of the game and Ziomara Morrison (193-C-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) gave Chile 32:25. The latter won the third period 27-24 and had 59:52 lead after 30 minutes. Venezuela however erupted with a 25-15 rally in the end of the game for the first victory. Ivaney Marquez (177-SF-83, college: Grayson County CC) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Daniela Wallen (176-SG-95) nailed 16. Silva Roselis poured in 14, whilst Corrales Yosimar had 11. Ziomara Morrison replied with 30 points in defeat and Sendy Basaez (170-PG-96) scored 12. Morales Javiera produced 11, whilst Marisol Gamboa had 9.

Group B
Brazil - Puerto Rico 91-54
Brazil rallied past Puerto Rico in the FIBA Americas Championship opener. Clarissa Dos Santos (187-C-88) stepped up with 24 point and 8 rebounds to pace two-time defending champions. Brazil dropped 24 points in the first period to gain an 8-point lead. They added 28 points in the second frame to clear off. Brazil accumulated a 52:31 halftime advantage. They stayed dominant throughout the second half. Brazil rolled to a confident 29-point advantage at the final intermission. Puerto Rico never recovered and had to yield at the end. Damiris Do Amaral (192-C-92) and Adriana Pinto (170-SG-78) had 15 points apiece for Brazil. Carla Cortijo (172-G-87, college: Texas) responded with 14 points for Puerto Rico. Sandra Garcia chipped in 12 points in the defeat.

Argentina - Mexico 67-53
Argentina victoriously opened their FIBA Americas campaign. They overcame Mexico behind 24 points and 20 rebounds from Gisela Vega (187-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas). Argentina therefore jumped on top of Group B. Argentina held Mexico to 11 points in the opening quarter and gained a 4-point lead. Mexico surged ahead in the second period. They established a 23:22 halftime advantage. Mexico stayed in front in the third term. They entered the fourth stanza up by two points 41:39. But Argentina turned things around in the fourth frame. They erupted for 28 points in the period and eased to a comfortable victory at the end. Erica Sanchez (182-F/C-76) had 12 points, while Melisa Gretter contributed 9 points for Argentina. Brisa Silva (170-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with 17 points for Mexico. Monica Garcia chipped in 8 points in the defeat.



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