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Qualifying Round is over in Mar del Plata (Day Five) - Sep 4, 2011

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Group A
Venezuela - Canada 103-98 OT
Venezuela celebrated in the last day of the Qualifying Round in Mar del Plata. They grabbed an OT win against Canada 103-98 ending as third ranked team of Group A with 2-2 score. Canada has the same record (4th place) and both teams advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) led the scorers in victory with 29 points. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) had 28 points, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped with double-double of 15 points and 10 assists. In Canada, Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) shined with 28 points. Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) (6 rebs) and Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) netted 19 and 18 points respectively. Quarters: 23-21, 17-17, 22-25, 22-21, 19-14 OT. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Venezuela will meet Puerto Rico. Canada will take on Argentina.

Cuba - Brazil 83-93
Expected 93-83 win for Brazil, who ended Qualifying Round with almost perfect 3-1 record. However because of the loss against Dominican Republic, Brazil ended as No.2 of Group A while first place belongs to Dominicans. Of course, both teams head to Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Cuba finished with poor 0-4 and failed to advance. Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) came up with 19 points for Brazil and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points, plus 6 rebounds. Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86) followed them with 15 points and also 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) exploded with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) delivered 26 points for his team. Quarters: 20-26, 17-26, 14-21, 32-20. In the first game of the Quarterfinals Round, Brazil will play against Uruguay. Cuba finished its participation in Mar del Plata.

Group B
Uruguay - Paraguay 79-66
Great performance by Uruguay, who outplayed Paraguay 79-66 for 2-2 record in Group B. It is enough for third place and Uruguay advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. On the other side, Paraguay says goodbye with poor 0-4. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) stepped up for Uruguay with 19 points and 5 rebounds. He made five triples in this meeting. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) scored 15 points and Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) shined with 12 points, plus 16 boards. In defeat, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) netted 18 points. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) had one less and Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) stopped to 11 pts. Quarters: 21-20, 20-18, 21-9, 17-19. Quarterfinals Round start tomorrow and Uruguay will meet Brazil in the first game.

Argentina - Panama 90-71
Argentina won the Qualifying Group B in Mar del Plata with 4-0 score. In the last day of this stage they handed 90-71 loss to Panama, who also advanced to the Quarterfinals Round. Panamanians are No.3 of this pool with 1-3 record. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) dominated under the basket with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) scored 18, Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) (6 rebs) had 17 points and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) helped with 14 points, plus 8 assists. Panama got 20 points from Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU). Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) shined with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) collected 13 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 21-20, 17-19, 26-12, 26-20. Argentina will meet Canada in the first game of the Quarterfinals Round. Panama will play against Dominican Republic. All teams will take a rest today.   

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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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