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Results and Stats from Day 1 in Caracas - Aug 31, 2013

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Group A
Jamaica - Canada 64-85
Canada recorded victory in the opening game at the FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela. They held off Jamaica in Group A action. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) and Brady Heslip (188-G-90) stepped up with 17 points each for the winners. Canada started the game strong. The North American side built a 19:14 lead after ten minutes. Canada maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They opened a 42:25 halftime lead. Jamaica narrowed the deficit in the third term. The Caribbean team got as close as 10 points at the final intermission. But Jamaica ran out of steam in the fourth quarter. Canada went on a 25:14 run to seal the victory. Levon Kendall had 13 points for the winners. Adrian Uter (200-F/C-84, college: Hofstra) responded with 16 points for Jamaica. Durand Scott and Jerome Jordan had 12 points each in the defeat.

Puerto Rico - Brazil 72-65
Puerto Rico opened win count at the FIBA Americas Championship. They prevailed against Brazil in the opening game in Caracas. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) fired 24 points and 8 rebounds in the winning case. Puerto Rico grabbed a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Brazil narrowed the deficit in the second quarter. They got within two points at the interval 31:29. The Brazilian side surged ahead in the third quarter. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) steered the team to a 51:48 advantage before the fourth period. But Puerto Rico bounced back straight away. They erupted for 24 points in the final stanza and snatched the victory at the end. John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) delivered 15 points, while Jose Juan Barea delivered 12 points for Puerto Rico. Marcelinho Huertas answered with 16 points for Brazil. Guilherme Giovannoni chipped in 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Venezuela - Mexico 56-65
Mexico clinched the opening win at the FIBA Americas Championship. They defeated hosting Venezuela in Group B action. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) came up with 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Mexico held Venezuela to just 7 points in the opening quarter and raced to a 9-point advantage. The hosts came back to life in the second frame. They slowly adjusted their offence and narrowed the deficit at 6-point mark 23:29 at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third period. Mexico entered the fourth frame up by 6 points. The visitors fired 20 points in the final stanza and escaped with the victory. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California) delivered 17 points, while Hector Hernandez added 11 points for Mexico. Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) and Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) reacted with 10 points apiece for Venezuela.

Argentina - Paraguay 95-60
Argentina celebrated a comfortable victory over Paraguay at the start of the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) stepped up with 13 points to lead the winners. Argentina unleashed 30 points in the first period to set the tone. They stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. Argentina accumulated a 54:27 halftime lead. Paraguay managed to slow down their opponents in the third term. They cut the deficit at 25-point mark heading into the fourth frame. But Argentina outgunned their opponents 22:12 in the final period and registered a well-deserved win at the end. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) chipped in 12 points, while Leonardo Mainoldi and Juan Gutierrez had 11 points each in the win. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) answered with 23 points for Paraguay. Federico Mellone netted 12 points in the loss.   

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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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