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Second Stage starts in Caracas - Sep 6, 2013

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Mexico - Canada 67-89
Canada victoriously opened the Second Stage campaign at 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Mexico for 3-1 record. Brady Heslip (188-G-90) stepped up with 21 points to lead the winners. Mexico fell at 2-2 record after the defeat. Canada eked out a 21:18 lead after the opening quarter. They stayed aggressive defensively in the second period. The North American team gained a 40:31 halftime lead. Mexico unleashed 27 points in the third term to narrow the deficit at just 2-point mark. But Canada went on a stunning 29:9 surge in the final stanza to seal the victory. Andrew Rautins (193-G-86, college: Syracuse) finished with 19 points, while Cory Joseph had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the defeat. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 23 points for Mexico. Gustavo Ayon posted 19 points and 11 boards in the defeat.

Dominican Republic - Jamaica 78-60
Dominican Republic opened the Second Stage of FIBA Americas with victory. They rallied past Jamaica for 2-2 record. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Jamaica fell at 0-4 record after the defeat. Dominican Republic opened the game with an aggressive defence. They held Jamaica to just 11 points in the opening frame to gain a 6-point lead. Dominican Republic fired 25 points in the second stanza to pile up a 13-point halftime 42:29. Jamaica stiffened their defence in the third quarter. The Caribbean team got within 12 points at the final break. But Dominican Republic went on a 21:15 run in the fourth period and secured the winning outcome at the end. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) netted 13 points in the win. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) responded with 21 points for Jamaica. Durand Scott had 14 points in the defeat.

Venezuela - Uruguay 70-64
Venezuela proved their highest ambitions with another victory at the FIBA Americas Championship. The hosts outgunned Uruguay at the start of the Second Stage. Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) nailed 14 points to lead the charge. Venezuela dictated the tempo in the first half. They registered an 18:13 lead after the opening frame. Venezuela boosted their lead to 9 points 35:26 at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. The scoreboard read 56:47 at the final intermission. Uruguay narrowed the distance in the final period but could not threaten the hosts as Venezuela marched to the victory. Miguel Marriaga finished with 10 points, while Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) had 9 points each for the winners. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-PG-75, agency: Players Group) answered with 18 points for Uruguay. Esteban Batista provided 17 points in the losing effort.

Argentina - Puerto Rico 80-94
Puerto Rico stayed on the winning track in Caracas. They defeated Argentina for the fifth straight win at the tournament. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) finished with 23 points to pace the effort. Argentina entered the game firing from all guns. They accounted for 23 points in the opening frame to take a 9-point lead. But Puerto Rico quickly bounced back. They shifted the gear in the second stanza. Puerto Rico unleashed 30 points to cut the deficit at 5-point mark at halftime. Puerto Rico went on a massive 26:13 run in the third term to record an 8-point lead at the final intermission. Puerto Rico fired 24 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) chipped in 19 points, while Jose Juan Barea added 13 points for the winners. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) answered with 23 points for Argentina. Selem Safar had 15 points in the defeat.   

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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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