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Day 2 of Second Stage in Caracas - Sep 7, 2013

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Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 84-99
Dominican Republic came up with impressive performance against Puerto Rico to hand those the first defeat at the FIBA Americas Championship. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the winners. Puerto Rico gained a 20:15 lead after the starting quarter. Dominican Republic narrowed the gap in the second frame. They trailed by four points at the interval. The Dominican team increased the tempo in the third quarter. They dropped 23 points in the period and got within a single point at the final intermission. Puerto Rico collapsed defensively in the fourth period. They conceded 37 points and had to surrender at the end. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) chipped in 18 points, while James Feldeine added 17 points in the win. Carlos Arroyo (188-PG-79, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) answered with 22 points for Puerto Rico. John Holland had 16 points in the loss.

Uruguay - Mexico 73-87
Mexico are back to winning ways at the FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Uruguay for 3-2 record in the Second Stage ladder. Uruguay fell at 1-4 record. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) delivered 17 points to pace the winners. Mexico held Uruguay to just 11 points in the opening frame and gained a 7-point lead. They unloaded 29 points in the second quarter to clear off. Mexico established a comfortable 47:27 halftime lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the third term. Mexico entered the final stanza up by 22 points. Uruguay cut the deficit in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Paul Stoll (180-PG-85) chipped in 16 points, while Hector Hernandez added 13 points in the victory. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) answered with 25 points and 19 rebounds for Uruguay. Bruno Fitipaldo had 13 points in the loss.

Canada - Venezuela 59-64
Venezuela improved at 3-2 record in the FIBA Americas Championship second stage standings. The hosts held off Canada in Caracas. Nestor Colmenares (203-PF-87, college: Campbellsville) chipped in 13 points in the winning effort. Venezuela eked out a 16:14 lead after the opening quarter. They extended their lead in the second frame. The hosts accumulated a 35:26 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. Venezuela remained ahead by 9 points heading into the fourth period. The North American side tried to stitch up a comeback rally in the final stanza but came up short at the end. David Cubillan (181-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 12 points for Venezuela. Gregory Vargas chipped in 9 points in the win. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) provided 14 points, while Tristan Thompson contributed 12 points and 20 rebounds for Canada.

Jamaica - Argentina 81-75
Jamaica came up with a loud bang at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They knocked down Argentina at the second stage of the tournament in Caracas today. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) nailed 24 points to pace the Caribbean side. Jamaica eked out a 17:16 lead after the opening quarter. Argentina stiffened defensively and took over in the second period. They held Jamaica to 11 points to gain a 31:28 halftime lead. The Latin American powerhouse stretched their lead in the third term. Argentina opened a 5-point advantage before the final term 55:50. Jamaica however turned things around in the fourth period. They erupted for 31 points and left Argentina behind. Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, college: High Point) finished with 12 points, while Jerome Jordan provided 11 points for the winners. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) answered with 22 points for Argentina. Facundo Campazzo had 14 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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