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Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Minas 2-1 
 2. Arecibo 2-1 
 3. Merengueros 2-1 
 4. Pioneros 0-3 
Group B
 1. Bigua 3-0 
 2. Penarol 1-2 
 3. Regatas C. 1-2 
 4. U.Concepc. 1-2 
Group C
 1. Universo/BRB 2-1 
 2. Flamengo 2-1 
 3. Libertad 2-1 
 4. Dep.Castro 0-3 
Group D
 1. Halc. Xalpa 3-0 
 2. Soles 2-1 
 3. Quimsa 1-2 
 4. Liceo 0-3

Points Per Game
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Garcia Moral., Bigua24.3 
 2. Machado, Flamengo24.0 
 3. Leith, Liceo23.7 
 4. Farley, Libertad23.3 
 5. McFadgon, Dep.C.22.3 
 6. Figueroa, Arecibo21.7 
 7. Pedroza, Soles20.7 
 8. Bowie, Halc. Xalpa20.7 
 9. Mikulas, Quimsa20.3 
 10. Fleming, Pioner.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jefferson AGBA
  Avg: 10
 1. Agba, U.Concepc.10.0 
 2. Braggs, Pioneros10.0 
 3. Aubry, Arecibo9.7 
 4. Paniagua, Merengue.9.7 
 5. Johnson, Penarol9.3 
 6. Hardwick, U.Con.9.0 
 7. Lopez, Regatas C.9.0 
 8. Leith, Liceo8.7 
 9. Tintorelli, Regat.8.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Penar.8.0 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Sucatzky, Pitago.10.8 
 2. Mills, Halc. Xalpa6.2 
 3. Hickerson, Halc. X.5.7 
 4. Hernandez, U.Con.5.0 
 5. Chavarria, Liceo5.0 
 6. Treise, Quimsa4.7 
 7. Cruz, Arecibo4.7 
 8. Campos, Pitagora.4.7 
 9. Silva, Un.4.2 
 10. Sandoval, Mereng.4.0 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Garcia Moral., Bigua2.7 
 2. Sandoval, Merengue.2.3 
 3. Montecchia, Regat.2.3 
 4. Hickerson, Halc. X.2.3 
 5. Ayon, Halc. Xalpa2.3 
 6. Braggs, Pioneros2.3 
 7. Jennings, Liceo2.0 
 8. Alston, Libertad2.0 
 9. Antonio, Flamengo2.0 
 10. Sucatzky, Pita.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mark Alan BORTZ
  Avg: 3
 1. Bortz, Bigua3.0 
 2. Calfani, Bigua2.0 
 3. Tavares, Merengue.1.7 
 4. Santos, Un.1.3 
 5. Martinez, Merengue.1.0 
 6. Johnson, Penarol1.0 
 7. Hardwick, U.Con.1.0 
 8. Ayon, Halc. Xalpa0.8 
 9. Hubner, Pitagora.0.8 
 10. Patton, Regatas.0.7 

Universo/BRB is the champion of America

Aluisio Xavier Ferreira Aluisio Xavier Ferreira Ferreira
Marcio Cipriano
Valtinho Silva
Estevam Ferreira
Alexandre Garcia
Arthur Luiz Belchior
31 Cipriano Marcio 201 (6'7'') C 79 Brazilian
9 Silva Valtinho 187 (6'2'') G 77 Brazilian
7 Ferreira Estevam 211 (6'11'') C 78 Brazilian
10 Garcia Alexandre 191 (6'3'') G 80 Brazilian
4 Belchior Arthur Luiz 200 (6'7'') G/F 82 Brazilian
55 Pinheiro Diego 196 (6'5'') F/G 80 Brazilian
41 Mineiro Rafael 213 (7'0'') C 87 Brazilian
15 Martins Eneias Matos 202 (6'8'') C 84 Brazilian
8 Duarte Erik 183 (6'0'') G 89 Brazilian
20 Da Silva David 204 (6'9'') F/C 83 Brazilian
5 Fonseca Ratto 181 (5'11'') G 69 Brazilian
17 Rossi Frederico 195 (6'5'') F 80 Brazilian
Head Coach: Ferreira Aluisio Xavier    
Universo/BRB is the champion of America - Feb. 13, 2009 
XALAPA (FIBA Americas League) - Universo/BRB Brasilia won the second edition of the FIBA Americas League by winning the Final Four held in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. The Brazilian team defeated host Halcones UV Xalapa UV Xalapa 86-83 in the third and final day of the competition.

Valtinho led the winners with 21 points while Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances), who was named MVP of the tournament, had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Arthur Luiz netted 13 points and Estevam Ferreira 10.

Halcones UV Xalapa started the game with an aggressive attack led by Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) and Ray Castillo to give the host a 29-19 lead. Halcones UV Xalapa had a 12 points lead (29-17) and Valtinho finished the quarter with a basket for the 29-19 score. The Mexicans shot 11-16 from the field including 4-8 from three point range and 3-4 from the free throw line. Valtinho had 9 of the 19 points scored by the Brazilian team.

The second quarter continued with Halcones UV Xalapa dominating and they had an 18 point lead (43-25) after a three pointer by Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) but Valtinho along with Alex and Rafael Mineiro started to cut the lead, including a 9-0 run, to finish at halftime 49-43 in favor of the host.

Sam Bowie led Halcones UV Xalapa with 11 points and was followed by Victor Mariscal and Gustavo Ayon with 8 points each. Valtinho and Alex led the attack for the team from Brasilia with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The second half started with an effective attack by Halcones UV Xalapa with two pointers by Gustavo Ayon and three point baskets by Abdul Mills and Victor Avila to have a 59-47 lead. Universo answered with four three pointers in a row to tie the game at 59 at the half point of the third quarter. The three pointers continued falling for Universo who had a 70-67 lead at the end of the quarter.

Both teams struggled in the start of the fourth quarter showing good intensity on the defensive side. Halcones UV Xalapa and Universo exchanged the lead many times but the Brazilian team lost Diego Pinheiro and Rafael Mineiro due to foul trouble. At the end Halcones UV Xalapa forced some plays and lost the opportunity to win the title while Estevam and Valtinho gave Universo the win from the free throw line.

Abdul Mills led Halcones UV Xalapa with 21 points while Sam Bowie followed with 15. The Mexicans shot 9-29 from three point range, a key stat in their loss.

Champions of the FIBA Americas League:

2007/2008: Penarol Mar del Plata (Argentina)
2008/2009: Alexandre Garcia (Brazil)

The next edition of the FIBA Americas League will qualify two teams to the FIBA World Club Championship to be played in 2010.


Liga-Americas Round: 3 (Semi-Finals) - Feb. 9, 2009 
Pitagoras/Minas - Bigua 77-84
Bigua claimed the third spot in the 2009 Liga Americas edition. They completed the tournament with a tough win over Pitagoras/Minas. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) finished with game-high 29 points to lead the Uruguayan team. Martin Osimani had 18 points for the winners. Joseph Shipp answered with 24 points for Minas in the loss.

Halc. Xalpa - Universo/BRB 83-86
Universo/BRB claimed the Liga Americas title as they defeated Halcones Xalapa in Mexico on the final day of the Final Four round of the tournament. Valtinho Silva (187-G-77, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 21 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the triumphants. Alex Garcia had 19 points, 6 boards and 6 assists in the win. Abdul Mills responded with 21 points for Halcones Xalapa as they suffered the first defeat in the competition.

Liga-Americas Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - Feb. 8, 2009 
Bigua - Universo/BRB 75-86
Universo/BRB made another step towards the Liga Americas title as they defeated Bigua in the second round of the semifinal round. Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) secured 19 points and 7 boards for the winners. Alex Garcia added 15 points and 5 boards as Universo/BRB would take on Halcones Xalapa in the decider on Sunday. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) paced Bigua with 23 points.

Pitagoras/Minas - Halc. Xalpa 84-104
Halcones Xalapa eased past Minas to set up the Liga Americas decider against Universo/BRB for tonight. Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) orchestrated the win as he nailed 26 points for the hosts. Victor Avila secured 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Xalapa. Evandro Soro responded with 18 points for Minas.

Liga-Americas Round: 1 (Semi-Finals) - Feb. 7, 2009 
Universo/BRB - Pitagoras/Minas 90-80
Universo/BRB opened the Liga Americas Final Four victoriously as they defeated their Brazilian rivals Minas in Xalapa. Valtinho Silva (187-G-77, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with 22 points as Universo/BRB ran away for good in the fourth period. Diego Pinheiro contributed 16 points for the winners. Joseph Shipp answered with 18 points for Minas, while Evandro Sosa finished with 14 in the losing effort.

Halc. Xalapa - Bigua 100-91
Halcones Xalapa extended their winning streak to four games in the Liga Americas as they held off Bigua in the second semifinal of the day. Abdul Mills (191-G-79, college: Nebraska-Omaha) and Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) scored 21 points each to lead the winning charge. Gustavo Ayon knocked down 15 points, collected 6 boards and distributed 4 assists for the Mexican powerhouse. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) responded with game-high 29 points for Bigua in defeat.

Xalapa, Veracruz, Mxico host of the FINAL FOUR 2009. - Jan. 27, 2009 
FIBA Amricas awarded Halcones UV Xalapa to be the host team for the FINAL FOUR
of the 20008.2009 FIBA AMERICAS LEAGUE to be played from February 6-8 in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube (Brazil), Atletico Bigua (Uruguay), Universo/BRB Brasilia (Brazil) and host Halcones UV Xalapa will play to be crowned
the new Champion of America in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League.
Minas comes from winning Group A with a team that has stars like Murilo Becker, Facundo Sucatzky, Leandro Silva and Joe
Shipp. The team from Belo Horizonte had a 2-1 record with wins over Merengueros and Pioneros de Quintana Roo. In the
final game they lost to Capitanes de Arecibo but passed to the final round due to goal average.
Atletico Bigua became the first undefeated champion of a group after beating defending champion Pearol Mar del Plata, South
Americn League champion, Regatas de Corrientes and Deportes Castro from Chile. Atletico Bigua has players like Leandro Garca
Morales, Rubn Wolkowisky, Mark Bortz, Kevin Young, Joaqun and Martn Osimani.
Universo/BRB from Brasilia won Group C after dominating Argentinean champion Libertad Sunchales. The other strong
team in the group was Flamengo who fell short after losing to Libertad. Universo has figures like Valtinho, Alex Garca,
Estevam Ferreira, Arthur Luiz and Marcio Cipriano.
Finally Halcones UV Xalapa dominated Group D with wins over Quimsa Santiago del Estero, COOPENAE Liceo de Costa
Rica and Soles de Mexicali. Halcones UV Xalapa have a 44-2 record in the Mexican League which is one of the fastest growing leagues
in America. Players like Leroy Hickerson, Abdul Mills, Victor Mariscal, Victor vila and Gustavo Ayn make this team one
of the most exciting to watch. They also have former UCLA star Lorenzo Mata who could not participate due to an injury.
The 2009 Final Four will be played in a Round Robin format on February 6, 7, and 8.
The game schedule is:
Friday, February 6:
06:00 pm Universo/BRB Brasilia (BRA) vs. Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube (BRA)
08:15 pm Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX) vs. Atletico Bigua (URU)
Saturday, February 7:
06:00 pm Atletico Bigua (URU) vs. Universo/BRB Brasilia (BRA)
08:15 pm - Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube (BRA) vs. Halcones UV Xalapa (MEX)
Sunday, February 8:
04:15 pm Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube (BRA) vs. Atletico Bigua (URU)
06:30 pm Murilo da Rosa (207-C-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) scored 22 points and grabbed 8 boards to lead the Brazilian team. Luiz Felipe Campos added 17 points for the winners. Danny Tavares (206-F-84, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) responded with 14 points for the Dominican side.
Minas continued to win as they toppled Pioneros de Quintana 93:74 in the second round of the contest. Minas stunned their opponents with a 31:14 first frame and never looked back en route to the second straight victory. Joseph Shipp (197-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: California) came up with 21 points and 7 boards for the winning team. Murilo da Rosa provided 17 points and 8 boards in the win.
The winning streak was snapped by the hosting Capitanes de Arecibo but it did not prevent Minas from making it to the next round. Capitanes de Arecibo had to win by at least 15 points to overcome Minas in the ladder but they stopped a whisker away from the goal. Buster Figeroa missed one free throw with 11 seconds left in regulation and Capitanes won by just 14 points to seal Final Four birth for Minas. Joseph Shipp produced 23 points for the Brazilian team in the game. Murilo da Rosa added 22 points in defeat.
Bigua was an obvious winner of Group B. They overcame all of their opponents winning all three games and eased to the Final Four stage. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) was among the topscorers in the competition as he boasted with a 35-tally against Penarol Mar Del Plata.
Group C was another tight affair with the outcome unknown till the final buzzer of the last game. Universo/BRB lost the opening game against their archrivals Flamengo but still managed to recover and earned the ticket to the Final Four stage. They narrowly defeated Deprtes Castro from Chile and stunned Libertad Sunchales to secure the next round birth. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) led the charge for Universo/BRB in these games. His late three-pointer propelled the team past Deportes Castro in the must-win fixture on the last day of the action.
Finally Halcon

Figueroa is the best scorer Sucatzky leads in assists - Dec. 12, 2008 
ARECIBO (FIBA Americas League) - Angel 'Buster' Figueroa of Capitanes de Arecibo finished as the best scorer in Group A of the FIBA Americas League. Meanwhile Argentinean guard Facundo Sucatzky (176-G-72) from Minas Tenis Clube finished as the leader in assists.

Figueroa scored 65 points in three games for an average of 21.7 per game. Marcus Fleming (204-F-78, college: Alcorn St.) (Pioneros) and Murilo Becker (Minas) finished tied in second place with an average of 20.3 points per game. Joe Shipp (Minas) had an average of 18.3 and Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, college: Xavier) (Pioneros) 16.3 to finish in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Braggs finished as the best rebounder with an average of 10 per game and was followed by Carlos Paniagua (Merengueros) and Jeff Aubry (Capitanes) with 9.7 per game. Buster Figueroa averaged 7.7 and Murilo Becker (Minas) 7 to be between the leaders of the league.

In assists the leader was Facundo Sucatzky who averaged 11.7 and was followed by his partner Luiz Felipe Campos and Rafael 'Pachy' Cruz (Capitanes) with 4.7 per game. In the first edition of the FIBA Americas League Sucatzky finished as the leader with an average of 9.6 assists in eight games.

The FIBA Americas League continues on Tuesday, December 16 with Group B to be played at Polideportivo de Islas Malvinas in Mar del Plata with the participation of Pearol (defending champion), Regatas Corrientes (South American League Champion), Bigu (South American Championship for Clubs champion) and Universidad de Concepcin.

Courtesy of FIBA Americas

FIBA - Americas 2008/09 FIBA Americas League Game schedule.  - Dec. 8, 2008 
The International Basketball Federation of Americas (FIBA Americas), with offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico, announced the schedule for the II FIBA Americas League 2008/2009.
Because of the national and international calendars, the 2008/2009 FIBA Americas League will have a new competition system.
The second edition will have 16 teams, the same as the first edition and the first group starts on December 9 in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The competition ends on the first week of February, 2009.
There will be two group stages in the South and two in the North being the first two on December, 2008 and two in January, 2009.
The winners from each group will qualify for the Final Four stage to be played from February 6-8, 2009.
Like the first edition, all the games will be televised on FOX Sports in America and live stats and news will be available on
The countries confirmed for the 2008/2009 FIBA Americas League are: South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay; For Central America and the Caribbean: Costa Rica, Mxico, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
The FIBA Americas League is the most important club competition in America. In their first edition the winners was Pearol Mar del Plata of Argentina.

Courtesy of FIBAAmericas
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