Canada - Uruguay 93-67 Canada drubbed Uruguay for the third win at the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas. Andrew Nicholson (205-PF-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) posted 18 points to lead the North Americans to the victory. Canada finished second in preliminary Group A action. Uruguay occupied the third position in the ladder. Canada set the tone early in the encounter. They went on a storming 29:11 run in the first frame. Canada stretched the lead in the second stanza. They ensured a 51:25 halftime lead. Canada unloaded 24 points in the third quarter to enter the fourth period up by 27 points. Uruguay never recovered as Canada coasted to the victory. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) produced 17 points, while Tristan Thompson added 14 points in the win. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) answered with 18 points for Uruguay. Emilio Taboada had 14 points in the loss.
Brazil - Jamaica 76-78 Jamaica gained the crucial victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. They held off Brazil in Caracas to secure the Second Round appearance. Brazil in the meantime suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament and had to pack their bags. Jamaica eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the lead in the second frame. The Caribbean team gained a 39:36 halftime lead. But Brazil surged ahead in the third term. They used an 11:3 run to open a 59:49 lead late in the period. Jamaica responded with a 10:0 run of their own to erase the deficit. It all came down to the final stretch in this one. Akeem Scott and Samardo Samuels (206-F/C-89, college: Louisville) stepped up for Jamaica in the key moments and sealed the victory. Samardo Samuels finished with 21 points to lead the winners. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) added 16 points, while Durand Scott had 14 points for Jamaica. Vitor Benite (190-SG-90) and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) answered with 12 points apiece for Brazil.
Mexico - Argentina 78-98 Argentina proved they are the force to take into account beating Mexico by 20 points in the final game of the preliminary round at 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. The victory allowed Argentina to occupy the top position in Group A. Mexico finished in the second place in the ladder. The teams traded baskets throughout intense first quarter. The scoreboard read 25:25 after ten minutes of action. Argentina stiffened defensively in the second quarter. They held Mexico to 14 points in the period and accumulated a 5-point lead at the interval. Argentina unloaded 26 points in the third period as the margin grew at 12-point mark. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) carried Argentina to the victory in the fourth stanza. He finished with 25 points for the winners. Selem Safar (190-SG-87) added 18 points for Argentina. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.) answered with 21 points for Mexico. Gustavo Ayon chipped in 19 points in the loss.
Paraguay - Dominican Republic 54-83 Dominican Republic clinched the second victory in Group B of FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Paraguay to improve at 2-2 record. Paraguay suffered the fourth defeat at the tournament and remained at the bottom of Group B ladder. Karl-Anthony Towns (208-C-95) posted 16 points to pace the winning team. Dominican Republic erupted for 26 points in the first quarter and gained a 17-point lead. They stretched the gap in the second frame. Dominican Republic ensured a massive 29-point advantage at the interval. Paraguay finally came back to life in the third quarter. They narrowed the distance at 22-point mark at the final break. But it was too little too late. Paraguay scored only 6 points in the fourth stanza as Dominican Republic cruised to the victory. Elpidio Fortuna (188-G-85) netted 12 points, while Juan Coronado added 11 points for the winners. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) answered with 26 points for Paraguay. Ramon Sanchez and Federico Mellone had 12 points each in the defeat.
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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