Canada - Puerto Rico 67-83 Puerto Rico earned the second consecutive victory at the FIBA Americas Championship in Venezuela. They eased past Canada for 2-0 record in Group A. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) stepped up with 20 points to pace the charge. Puerto Rico earned a 19:13 lead after the opening quarter. Canada added tempo in the second frame. The North American team unloaded 24 points and cut the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 37:40. Canada stayed aggressive throughout the third term. They got within a single point at the final intermission 58:59. But Puerto Rico took over in the fourth frame. They ignited a massive 24:9 rally in the final term and sealed the victory. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) finished with 19 points, while Renaldo Balkman added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Puerto Rico. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) answered with 21 points for Canada. Tristan Thompson had 20 points and 9 boards in the defeat.
Uruguay - Jamaica 68-66 Uruguay clinched a narrow win at the start of their FIBA Americas Championship campaign. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) tipped the ball in late in regulation to bring Uruguay to the win. He finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds to pace the winners. Jamaica fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Uruguay and Jamaica exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 17:17 after ten minutes. Uruguay pulled ahead in the second frame. They eked out a 34:31 halftime lead. But Jamaica played more aggressive defence in the third term. They held Uruguay to 14 points and erased the deficit. Moreover the Caribbean side entered the fourth frame up by 2 points. The teams entered the final seconds tied at 66. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-PG-80, college: Texas A&M) missed his late attempt but Esteban Batista came up with a crucial tip in and sealed the win for Uruguay. Leandro Garcia Morales finished with 20 points, while Bruno Fitipaldo added 9 points for the winners. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) responded with 18 points for Jamaica. Samardo Samuels topscored with 19 points in the loss.
Paraguay - Venezuela 70-75 Venezuela registered the first victory at the home FIBA Americas Championship. The hosts held off Paraguay behind 15 points and 9 boards from Axiers Sucre (199-F-78). Paraguay snatched a 17:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the advantage throughout the second frame. Paraguay entered the second half up by two points 37:35. But Venezuela surged ahead in the third term. They eked out a 56:54 lead before the fourth frame. The hosts held their opponents to just 16 points in the final stanza and snatched a tough victory at the end. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86) and Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) provided 14 points each for Venezuela. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) answered with 22 points for Paraguay. Carlos Luis Vallejos netted 12 points in the loss.
Dominican Republic - Argentina 91-72 Dominican Republic came up with the loud surprise at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They cruised past Argentina in Caracas. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) nailed 21 points to lead the charge. Dominican Republic nailed 28 points in the starting quarter and ran away to a 12-point lead. Argentina stopped the rot in the second quarter. They pulled together defensively and narrowed the gap at 2-point mark at halftime 41:39. But Dominican Republic took over completely in the third term. They went on a 31:10 rally and secured a massive 23-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Argentina fired 23 points in the final stanza but could not avoid the defeat. Juan Coronado (193-G-83) finished with 18 points, while Jack Michael Martinez had 12 points and 14 boards in the win. Nicolas Laprovittola (187-PG-90) and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) responded with 13 points each for Argentina.
Venezuela clinch historic title in Mexico City - 2 Years ago
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Venezuela - Argentina 76-71
Venezuela wrapped up their impressive Fiba Americas Championship rally with the victory over Argentina in the Final. Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86, agency: Enlace Deportivo) delivered 15 points to lead Venezuela to the historic first ever Fiba Americas title. Argentina posted a 20:13 lead after the opening frame. But Venezuela held their opponents to just 8 points in the second period and grabbed a 30:28 halftime lead. Argentina unloaded 24 points in... [read more]
Venezuela - Argentina 76-71 Venezuela wrapped up their impressive Fiba Americas Championship rally with the victory over Argentina in the Final. Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86, agency: Enlace Deportivo) delivered 15 points to lead Venezuela to the historic first ever Fiba Americas title. Argentina posted a 20:13 lead after the opening frame. But Venezuela held their opponents to just 8 points in the second period and grabbed a 30:28 halftime lead. Argentina unloaded 24 points in the third term to regain the advantage. But Venezuela turned things around in the fourth quarter. They spurred ahead for a 63:58 advantage. Venezuela held on to the lead in the dying minutes and raced to the victory. John Cox (194-G-81, college: USF, agency: Pensack Sports) netted 14 points, while Windi Graterol (204-C-86, agency: Pro Sports) added 11 points for the winners. Andres Nocioni (202-SF-79, agency: AAI Sports) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina.
Canada - Mexico 87-86 Canada celebrated Bronze medals at the Fiba Americas Championship. They nipped hosting Mexico in the consolation final. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas, agency: Klutch Sports Group) hit a buzzer-beater to propel the North American team to the victory. Andrew Nicholson finished with 20 points to lead the winners. Mexico eked out a 41:40 halftime lead. They dropped 23 points in the third quarter to take a 4-point lead. But Canada unloaded 27 points including a late jumper from Joseph to ice the victory. Andrew Wiggins had 18 points, Brasy Heslip added 12 points for the winners. Marco Ramos (198-F-87, college: Grand Canyon, agency: You First) responded with 19 points for Mexico. Paul Stoll (180-PG-85, agency: Assist Sports) and Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St., agency: Duran International) added 16 points each in the loss.
Argentina and Venezuela advance into Final in Mexico City - 2 Years ago
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Argentina - Mexico 78-70
Argentina topped Mexico to advance into the Fiba Americas championship. The victory also booked the Olympic Games birth for the winners. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, agency: AAI Sports) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Mexico built a 40:35 halftime lead. Argentina exploded with 27 points in the third term to level things up at 62. Argentina held the hosts to just 8 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-... [read more]
Argentina - Mexico 78-70 Argentina topped Mexico to advance into the Fiba Americas championship. The victory also booked the Olympic Games birth for the winners. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80, agency: AAI Sports) posted 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Mexico built a 40:35 halftime lead. Argentina exploded with 27 points in the third term to level things up at 62. Argentina held the hosts to just 8 points in the fourth quarter and raced to the victory. Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) delivered 15 points, 8 assists for the winners. Jorge Gutierrez (190-G-88, college: California, agency: Wasserman Media) responded with 17 points for Mexico. Francisco Cruz (190-G-89, college: Wyoming, agency: You First) had 16 points in the defeat.
Canada - Venezuela 78-79 Venezuela shocked Canada in the first semifinal clash in Mexico City and reached the Fiba Americas Final. Venezuela also secured the 2016 Olympic Games birth with the win. Gregory Vargas (180-PG-86, agency: Pro Sports) converted a free throw late in regulation to bring Venezuela to a historic victory. Venezuela enjoyed a narrow 38:37 halftime lead. Canada dropped 23 points in the third term to spur ahead. But Venezuela denied the deficit in the fourth frame. The teams were tied at 78 when Gregory Vargas went to the line and sank one free throw to give Venezuela the lead. He missed the second one on purpose and the Latin American team got away with the win. Windi Graterol (204-C-86, agency: Pro Sports) posted 20 points to lead the charge. Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86, agency: Enlace Deportivo) added 19 points for the winners. Kelly Olynyk (213-PF-91, college: Gonzaga, agency: Wasserman Media) responded with 34 points and 13 rebounds for Canada. Brady Heslip (188-SG-90, college: Baylor, agency: Athlete Management Group) had 10 points in the loss.
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