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Day 9: Semifinals are set - Sep 9, 2011

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Uruguay - Venezuela 80-92
Venezuela did a great job in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 92-80 in their last game to finish with 3-4 record. It is enough for the fifth place, which secured Venezuela a ticket for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year. Uruguay finished as seventh ranked team with 1-6 score. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) stepped up for the winners with 23 points. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) had 18 points each, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped his team with two points less. In the loosing squad, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) was better than the others with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) had 18 points each. Quarters: 23-23, 14-19, 21-25, 22-25. Competition continues on Saturday with the Semifinals games. Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Dominican Republic reached this stage.

Argentina - Dominican Republic 84-58
Argentina had no troubles to beat Dominican Republic 84-58 in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Argentina jumped to 6-1 and advanced to Semifinals as the second ranked team. Argentineans will play against Puerto Rico at the next stage. Dominican Republic slipped to 4-3 score (4th place) and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Finalists will book a spot for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (5 as) and Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) (8 rebs) helped with 17 and 16 points respectively. For Dominicans, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) added 12 points in this loss. Quarters: 17-14, 22-19, 19-16, 26-9. Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Puerto Rico - Brazil 72-94
Brazil advanced to Semifinals as No.1 with almost perfect 6-1 record. Brazilians handed 94-72 loss to Puerto Rico and will meet 4th ranked Dominican Republic in the Semis. Puerto Rico also advanced, but as No.3 with 5-2 record. They will play against the host of FIBA Americas Championship - Argentina. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored in Brazil with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) helped with 11 pts. Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds in loss. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) also had 15 points for Puerto Rico. Quarters: 15-29, 15-18, 19-30, 23-17). Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Panama - Canada 91-89
It was the last game in Mar del Plata for both teams. Panama celebrated their first victory 91-89 in the Quarterfinals Round, but it was not enough for them to avoid 8th place in FIBA Americas. On the other side, Canada dropped to position No.6 with 2-5 record. Both teams failed to book a spot for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) exploded for Panama with 39 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had 21 points and 12 boards, while Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) added 18 pts. In Canada, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) shined with 24 points. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) had 14 pts, while Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) netted 13 points each. Quarters: 24-27, 25-21, 21-22, 21-19. FIBA Americas Championship continues on Saturday, but without Canada and Panama. Brazil, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will fight for the Finals and a spot for the Olympic Games 2012.   

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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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