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Day Four in Mar del Plata - Sep 3, 2011

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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.   

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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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