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Day One in Mar del Plata - Aug 31, 2011

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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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FIBA Americas Standings
Group C
 1. Argentina 7-1 
 2. Canada 7-1 
 3. Mexico 7-1 
 4. P.Rico 4-4 
 5. Venezuela 4-4 
 6. Uruguay 2-6 
 7. Panama 2-6 
 8. Dominican R. 2-6 
Group Places 9-10
 1. Brazil 1-3 
 2. Cuba 0-4 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Scola, ARG21.1 
 2. Barea, PUR20.3 
 3. Rivero, CUB18.8 
 4. Ayon, MEX17.7 
 5. Nocioni, ARG16.7 
 6. Benite, BRA16.0 
 7. Wiggins, CAN15.1 
 8. Sosa, DOM15.1 
 9. Fitipaldo, URU13.8 
 10. Vieira, BRA13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Ayon, MEX12.4 
 2. Scola, ARG10.1 
 3. Nocioni, ARG9.0 
 4. Justiz, CUB8.3 
 5. Olynyk, CAN7.5 
 6. Haiti, CUB7.3 
 7. Calfani, URU6.9 
 8. Lloreda, PAN6.8 
 9. Garces, PAN6.6 
 10. Rivero, CUB6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Barea, PUR6.3 
 2. Campazzo, ARG5.9 
 3. Joseph, CAN5.7 
 4. Stoll, USA4.7 
 5. Laprovittola, ARG4.5 
 6. Vargas, VEN4.4 
 7. Fitipaldo, URU4.1 
 8. Gutierrez, MEX3.9 
 9. Freire Luz, ESP3.8 
 10. Feldeine, DOM3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Renaldo BALKMAN
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Balkman, USA1.6 
 2. Benite, BRA1.5 
 3. Vargas, VEN1.5 
 4. Barea, PUR1.5 
 5. Gutierrez, MEX1.4 
 6. Campazzo, ARG1.4 
 7. Vieira, BRA1.3 
 8. Ayon, MEX1.3 
 9. Valdez, CUB1.3 
 10. Lewis, USA1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Augusto LIMA
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Lima, BRA1.3 
 2. Pomare, USA1.3 
 3. Rivero, CUB1.3 
 4. Ayon, MEX1.2 
 5. Balkman, USA1.1 
 6. Justiz, CUB1.0 
 7. Newsome, USA1.0 
 8. Olynyk, CAN0.9 
 9. Scola, ARG0.9 
 10. Nocioni, ARG0.8 
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