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Day Three in Mar del Plata - Sep 2, 2011

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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.   

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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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