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Semifinalists are set in Caracas - Sep 9, 2013


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Jamaica - Venezuela 85-95
Venezuela finished the Second Stage at 2013 FIBA Americas Championship with win. They held off Venezuela for 4-3 record in the standings. It was however not enough to advance into the semifinal stage. Venezuela finished in the fifth position just behind Argentina in the standings. Jamaica slipped at 1-6 record after the loss. Venezuela held their opponents to 10 points in the opening quarter and gained a 9-point lead. Jamaica unleashed 29 points in the second term to cut the deficit to a single point at halftime 39:40. Venezuela stayed ahead in the third term. They eked out a narrow 61:59 lead at the final intermission. Venezuela finally broke the game open in the fourth stanza. They fired 34 points and sealed a comfortable victory at the end. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) finished with 23 points to pace the hosts. Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) added 20 points, while Axiers Sucre added 16 points in the win. Patrick Ewing Jr. (203-F-84, college: Georgetown) answered with 16 points for Jamaica. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku and Akeem Scott had 14 points each in the loss.

Puerto Rico - Mexico 59-66
Mexico clinched the top position in the ladder at the end of the second stage at FIBA Americas Championship. Mexico thus advanced into the semifinal stage and qualified for 2014 World Cup in Spain. Noe Alonzo (200-F-83, college: Grand Canyon) chipped in 13 points to pace Mexico past Puerto Rico. Mexico will now take on Argentina, while Puerto Rico will face Dominican Republic in the semis. Mexico set the tone in the opening frame. They unleashed 25 points in the first ten minutes and recorded an 8-point lead at the first break. Puerto Rico slowed their opponents down in the second term. They played more aggressive defence and narrowed the gap at two points at the interval 35:37. Mexico answered with their defensive brilliance in the third period. They limited Puerto Rico to 9 points and opened a 5-point advantage at the final break. Mexico outscored Puerto Rico in the fourth frame and sealed the winning outcome. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, college: Fresno St.) had 12 points, while Jesus Gonzalez chipped in 10 points in the winning effort. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: USC) answered with 17 points for Puerto Rico. Daniel Santiago and John Holland had 11 points each in the loss.

Uruguay - Dominican Republic 78-86
Dominican Republic advanced into the semifinal round of 2013 FIBA Americas Championship. They fired past Uruguay to improve at 5-2 record in the second stage ladder. Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) stepped up with 17 points and 10 rebounds as Dominican Republic also qualified for the 2014 World Championship. Uruguay snatched a narrow 19:17 lead after the opening frame. But Dominican Republic gradually picked up the tempo. They narrowed the deficit at one point 39:40 at halftime. The Caribbean team pulled ahead in the third term. Dominican Republic went on a 21:14 run to surge ahead. They fired 26 points in the fourth stanza and sealed a confident win at the end. James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) finished with 14 points, while Francisco Garcia, Eloy Camacho and Eulis Baez added 13 points each in the win. Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International) answered with 21 points and 13 boards for Uruguay. Leandro Garcia Morales chipped in 16 points in the defeat.

Canada - Argentina 67-73
Argentina celebrated the crucial win at the FIBA Americas Championship. They overcame Canada to claim the semifinal appearance. The victory also booked the 2014 World Cup spot for Argentina. They will now face Mexico in the semis on Wednesday. Canada fell at 3-4 record and got eliminated from the title race. Canada got to the better start. The North Americas team gained an 18:13 lead after the opening frame. Argentina narrowed the gap in the second stanza. They got within 4 points at the interval 36:32. But the Latin American side erupted for 29 points in the third term and secured a 5-point advantage at the final intermission. Argentina limited their opponents to 11 points in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) finished with 28 points to pace the charge. Selem Safar (190-SG-87) contributed 18 points, while Facundo Campazzo added 10 points in the win. Cory Joseph (190-PG-91, college: Texas) answered with 19 points for Canada. Andrew Nicholson had 17 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
 Luis SCOLA
  ARG
  (206-F/C-80)
  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
  MEX
  (207-C/F-85)
  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
  PUR
  (183-PG-84)
  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
  USA
  (203-F-84)
  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
  BRA
  (207-C-91)
  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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