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Liga Americas Standings
 1. Penarol 3-0 
 2. Espartanos 1-2 
 3. Quimsa 1-2 
 4. Halc.Xalapa 1-2 

Liga Americas Stage 1 Standings
Group A
 1. Quimsa 3-0 
 2. Atenas 2-1 
 3. Soles 1-2 
 4. Pitagoras/Minas 0-3 
Group B
 1. Espartanos 2-1 
 2. Halc.Rojos 2-1 
 3. Flamengo 1-2 
 4. Arecibo 1-2 
Group C
 1. Halc.Xalapa 3-0 
 2. Obras 2-1 
 3. Ciser/Joinville 1-2 
 4. Malvin 0-3 
Group D
 1. Penarol 3-0 
 2. Universo/BRB 2-1 
 3. Halc.Cordoba 1-2 
 4. Navieros 0-3 
Points Per Game
  Avg: 25
 1. Walker, Halc.Cor.25.0 
 2. Lamonte, Penarol21.8 
 3. Garcia, Un.21.3 
 4. Gonzalez, Quimsa21.0 
 5. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.20.5 
 6. Braggs, Malvin19.0 
 7. Martinez, Malvin18.7 
 8. Spillers, Obras18.0 
 9. Romero, Espartanos18.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Penar.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Bortz, Halc.Cordoba11.3 
 2. Leiva, Penarol10.8 
 3. Romero, Espartanos9.3 
 4. Spillers, Obras9.0 
 5. Gomez, Quimsa8.7 
 6. Ortiz, Navieros8.0 
 7. dos Santos, Ciser/.7.7 
 8. Braggs, Malvin7.7 
 9. Oglivie, Navieros7.3 
 10. Martinez, Halc.Xala.7.3 
Assists Per Game
  Avg: 6
 1. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba6.0 
 2. Martinez, Malvin4.3 
 3. Garcia, Un.4.3 
 4. Espil, Obras4.0 
 5. Rodriguez, Penarol4.0 
 6. Mendez-V., Halc.Xal.3.8 
 7. Cortes, Obras3.7 
 8. Brugger, Ciser/.3.7 
 9. dos Santos, Unive.3.7 
 10. Garcia Moral., Halc.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Alexandre GARCIA
  Avg: 4
 1. Garcia, Un.4.0 
 2. dos Santos, Unive.3.7 
 3. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.8 
 4. Brugger, Ciser/.2.7 
 5. Martinez, Malvin2.0 
 6. Spillers, Obras1.7 
 7. Salazar, Navieros1.7 
 8. Ortega, Navieros1.7 
 9. Bortz, Halc.Cordoba1.7 
 10. Moreno, Espartan.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose Estevam FERREIRA
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ferreira, Unive.1.7 
 2. Gomez, Quimsa1.3 
 3. Leiva, Penarol1.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Halc.Cor.1.0 
 5. Martins, Ciser/.1.0 
 6. Gonzalez, Quimsa1.0 
 7. Avila, Halc.Xalapa0.8 
 8. Parada, Halc.Xalapa0.7 
 9. Green, Obras0.7 
 10. dos Santos, Cise.0.7 

Penarol earn second Liga Americas title (
Liga Americas: Penarol celebrates the win (Photo: Foto: M. Figueras/FIBA Americas/flickr)

Penarol Mar del Plata 2009-10
Sergio Hernandez Sergio Hernandez Hernandez
Kyle Lamonte
Facundo Campazzo
Leonardo Gutierrez
Martin Leiva
Marcos Mata
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
13 Lamonte Kyle 191 (6'3'') G 84 USA
17 Campazzo Facundo 180 (5'11'') G 91 Argentinian
10 Gutierrez Leonardo 200 (6'7'') F 78 Argentinian
11 Leiva Martin 208 (6'10'') F/C 80 Argentinian
6 Mata Marcos 202 (6'8'') F 86 Argentinian
31 Reinick Alejandro 203 (6'8'') C 78 Argentinian
14 Diez Alejandro 201 (6'7'') C 87 Argentinian
8 Rodriguez P. 188 (6'2'') G 78 Argentinian
7 Vega Sebastian 200 (6'7'') C 88 Argentinian
5 Canete Leonardo 201 (6'7'') C 90 Argentinian
91 Sanchez Alejo 193 (6'4'') G 90 Argentinian
4 Legaria Raymundo 178 (5'10'') G 80 Argentinian
 President: Robles Domingo     
 Head Coach: Hernandez Sergio     
 Assistant: Rivero Fernando   

Penarol wins the FIBA Americas League title - Feb. 7, 2010 
Penarol Mar del Plata won their second FIBA Americas League by beating Halcones UV Xalapa 93-91 in overtime.

In the win Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) had 39 points with 7 rebounds to lead the Argentineans. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) had 15 points and Martin Leiva 12, 10 of them in the first half.

This is the second championship for Pearol after winning the first in Mexicali during the 2007/2008 edition. In their history they have two FIBA Americas League titles and only one in the Argentinean National League (1993/1994).

'We deserved the title because everything that we have done in the tournament. Halcones was a tough opponent that never gave up. Thank God that we could save the game. (Kyle) La Monte had a great game and gave us the championship, it was incredible what he gave us,' said Leo Gutirrez.

The game started being dominated by Pearol after a brilliant performance by Martin Leiva inside. The first ten minutes ended 20-15 in favor of Pearol where Leiva had 8 points. Gerald Brown (193-G-75, college: Pepperdine) came from the bench and netted 7 for Halcones.

Halcones came close in the second quarter led by Brown but Pearol stayed on top led by Leo Gutirrez. The first half ended 44-35 in favor of Pearol as Leiva had 10, Leo Gutierrez and Sebastian Rodriguez 8 points each. Gerland Brown had 11 and Lenadro Garcia Morales 8 for Halcones.

The defense of Halcones left Gutierrez without scoring in the second half and an 8-0 run placed them down 48-47. Halcones took a 54-50 lead but Pearol came back and a three pointer by Marcos Mata left the hosts up 55-54.

In the final quarter Kyle Lamonte came to save Pearol, scoring 19 points, but his effort was not enough for to keep Halcones away. Victor Mariscal and Halcones left regulation tied at 83. The Mexicans ended the fourth quarter with a 10-3 run.

La Monte netted 7 points in overtime and this time was enough to get the win.

Halcones had 5 scorers in double figures led by Gerald Brown with 21 and Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) followed with 19.
Source: FIBA Americas

Liga-Americas Round: 2 (Top 4) - Feb. 6, 2010 
Penarol - Quimsa 87-58
Penarol made another step towards Liga Americas crown. They coasted past Quimsa for the second straight win at the Final Four stage of the tournament. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) and Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) scored 19 points apiece to lead the charge. Penarol will face the Mexican powerhouse Halcones Xalapa later tonight for the trophy. Penarol simply overwhelmed their opponents in this one. They led from start to finish. Penarol earned a 19:5 lead early in the encounter. Quimsa capped the term with five points in a row to sooth the pain. But Penarol just mounted the pressure as they ensured a 44:25 advantage at the interval. Penarol easily kept their counterparts at bay throughout the third stanza. The scoreboard read 69:39 with ten minutes to go. Quimsa could not recover in the final term and had to surrender at the end. Leonardo Gutierrez finished with 11 points for the winners. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) was the only Quimsa player to deliver in double digits as he knocked down 18 points. Jose Muruaga nailed 8 points in the loss.

Espartanos - Halc.Xalapa 78-82
Halcones Xalapa remained in the race for the Liga Americas crown. They defeated Espartanos on the second day of Final Four action to improve at 1-1 record. Halcones will finish the tournament against hosting Penarol who are enjoying 2-0 record. Espartanos in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record. Halcones and Espartanos stayed close in the opening frame. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) knocked down 9 points in the quarter to help the Mexican team led by one 19:18. Espartanos however raced in front in the second period taking a 44:42 lead at halftime. The third quarter brought no relief for Halcones Xalapa. The Venezuelan team stayed in control as they entered the fourth quarter ahead by 3 points. But Halcones managed to avoid the loss. Jack Michael Martinez and Noe Alonzo triggered an 8:2 run late in regulation to propel the Mexican champions to the victory. Leandro Garcia Morales finished with 25 points, 6 steals, 5 assists and 4 boards for Halcones. Jack Michael Martinez contributed 15 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) responded with 22 points and 12 boards for Espartanos. Rafael Guevara delivered 15 points in defeat.

Liga-Americas Round: 1 (Top 4) - Feb. 5, 2010 
Halc.Xalapa - Quimsa 99-101
Quimsa clinched the first win at the Liga Americas Final Four. They narrowly defeated Halcones Xalapa in Mar Del Plata. Quimsa came from behind in the final minutes of the encounter and stole a valuable victory at the end. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) finished with game-high 37 points for the Argentinean team. Quimsa got to the better start as they enjoyed an 8-point buffer midway through the opening frame. Halcones got closer but still trailed by three points 27:30 at the first intermission. Halcones denied the deficit in the second frame as the sides were knotted up at 46 after twenty minutes. The third frame brought no change to this intense battle. Quimsa and Halcones traded baskets and entered the fourth frame tied at 70. Leandro Garcia Morales helped the Mexican side to take a 7-point lead midway through the fourth quarter but Quimsa did not say die. Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) and Roman Gonzalez organized a rescue rally that put Quimsa in charge and they maintained the lead till the final buzzer. Albert White produced 20 points for Quimsa. Julio Mazzaro added 17 points for the winners. Orlando Mendez-Valdez responded with 29 points for Halcones. Leandro Garcia Morales had 28 points in defeat.

Penarol - Espartanos 92-73
Penarol eased past Espartanos for the initial victory in Liga Americas Final Four. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) scored 20 points to lead the charge. Penarol will next take on Quimsa, while Espartanos will try to bounce back against Halcones Xalapa. Penarol got to a sizzling start of the encounter. They poured in 32 points in the first quarter taking a 15-point advantage. Espartanos however responded with a 12:2 run in the second period and gained control. The Venezuelan team trimmed the deficit at 9 points twenty minutes into the clash. The teams traded baskets eagerly in the third frame. Penarol maintained the gap and headed into the fourth stanza up by as many as 11 points. The Argentinean team went on an 8:1 run in the fourth quarter and secured the winning outcome at the end. Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) finished with 17 points for Penarol. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez had 11 points and 8 assists for the winners. Kevin Freeman responded with 16 points for Espartanos. Hector Romero delivered 15 points in defeat.

Quimsa bring in Henry Dobie - Jan. 29, 2010 
Quimsa strengthened the roster prior to the start of the Liga Americas Final Four stage. The Argentinean team has agreed on terms of contract with Henry Dobie (183-G-78, agency: Warren Sports International, college: LIU Brooklyn). The 31-year-old guard tipped off the season in Lanus. He tallied 9.8 points, 2.7 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in Liga A. Last season Henry Dobie spent in France. The guard played for Nanterre averaging 13.4 points, 4.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game. Earlier Dobie had stints in Poland, Israel, Turkey and the USBL.

Mar Del Plata is Final Four host city - Jan. 28, 2010 
Mar Del Plata was chosen to host Liga Americas Final Four. It is the third edition of the most prestigious club tournament on the continent. Penarol Mar Del Plata, Espartanos de Margarita, Haclones Xalapa and Quimsa Santiago del Estero will fight for the trophy. The teams will play in round-robin format to decide on the new champion. The action is slated to tip off on February 4. Halcones will face Quimsa, while Espartanos will take on Penarol in the opening round.

Liga-Americas Round: 12 (Regular Season) - Jan. 25, 2010 
Universo/BRB - Halc.Cordoba 99-98
Universo/BRB sweetened their Liga Americas pill with a tough win against Halcones Cordoba on the final day of action in Group D. The game turned into a real basketball thriller with outcome decided in overtime. Universo/BRB got to the better start. They outscored the Mexican team 25:20 in the first quarter. The Brazilian team stayed in charge in the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 6 points 48:42. The third stanza brought little change onto the court. The sides traded baskets as Universo/BRB entered the fourth quarter ahead by six. But Halcones Cordoba did not allow their opponents to seal the win in regulation. Blake Walker (196-G/F-82, college: Portland St.) had an inspirational performance that put Halcones on level terms with the Brazilian team. The teams were tied at 90 at the end of the regulation. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Wellington dos Santos gave the needed boost for Universo/BRB in extra period and the team eked out a tough victory at the end. Alexandre Garcia unloaded 27 points and made 6 steals to lead the way for Universo/BRB. Valtinho Silva added 18 points for the winners. Blake Walker stepped up with game-high 37 points for Halcones Cordoba. Martin Osimani had 12 points, 10 assists and 7 boards in defeat.

Navieros - Penarol 62-106
Penarol claimed the third straight win at the Liga Americas Group D. They bruised Navieros to occupy the top spot in the pool. Penarol advanced into the tournaments Final Four. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) finished with game-high 33 points and 6 assists for the Argentinean team. Penarol dominated in this one from start to finish. They jumped to a 9-point lead at the first break. Navieros struggled to find offensive rhythm and began legging behind in the second quarter. Penarol exploded with 27 points in the period and took a 25-point lead at halftime. Things hardly changed after the main break. Penarol stayed dominant as they boosted the margin at 28-point mark into the fourth quarter. The Argentinean team did not slow down in the fourth quarter and successfully passed 100-point mark for impressive win at the end. Raymundo Legaria (178-G-80) and Sebastian Vega came up with 16 points each for Penarol. Marcos Mata finished with 11 points in the loss. Anibal Salazar responded with 16 points for Navieros. Carmelo Martinez delivered 12 points in defeat.

Liga-Americas Round: 11 (Regular Season) - Jan. 24, 2010 
Halc.Cordoba - Penarol 63-70
Penarol Mar del Plata have reached the Liga Americas Final Four. They completed the tournaments final stage picture as they joined Quimsa, Espartanos and Halcones Xalapa. Penarol held off Halcones Cordoba in the second round of action in Group D to pave their way into the next stage. The Argentinean team built their success in the opening frame. They outgunned the Mexican team 22:13 to take control. The second stanza brought little relief for Halcones. Penarol stayed in charge and boosted the gap at 18 points. Halcones Cordoba threw all they had in the third frame. The Mexican team won the quarter but could get just one point closer. Halcones tested Penarol in the fourth period winning it by 10 points but it still was not enough to tame the Argentinean squad. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) scored 14 points to lead Penarol. Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) added 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Facundo Campazzo tossed in 12 points in the victory. Walter Thompson answered with 24 points for Halcones. Martin Osimani had 19 points in the losing effort.

Universo/BRB - Navieros 86-74
Universo/BRB rallied past Navieros in the second round of Liga Americas Group D action. The victory however had a bitter aftertaste for Universo/BRB. The victory of Penarol against Halcones meant the end of the Liga Americas hopes for the Brazilian team this season. Universo/BRB got to a flying start. They fired 29 points in the starting quarter to earn a 9-point lead ten minutes into the game. Navieros de Colon stopped the bleeding in the second quarter and cut the distance at 7 points at halftime. But Universo/BRB proved the difference. The former Liga Americas champions stepped on the gas and rallied to a 17-point advantage. Navieros tried to change the situation in the fourth quarter as they shot down their opponents but Universo/BRB stayed calm and sealed the deal. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds to lead Universo/BRB. Valtinho Silva and Welington dos Santos added 14 points each in the win. Ernesto Oglivie responded with 17 points, 12 boards and 7 assists for Navieros. Victor Ortega finished with 15 points in defeat. Universo/BRB will face Halcones Cordoba, while Navieros will take on Penarol in the last round in Group D.

Liga-Americas Round: 10 (Regular Season) - Jan. 23, 2010 
Penarol - Universo/BRB 73-70
The Liga Americas defending champions got to a slow start of the new campaign. Universo/BRB got upset by Argentinean Penarol in Group D of the tournament. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) notched 30 points and 7 rebounds to ensure the win for Penarol. The teams looked well matched in the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 23:23 ten minutes into the encounter. Alexandre Garcia helped Universo/BRB to surge in front in the second stanza. The Brazilian team grabbed a 47:41 advantage at the interval. Kyle Lamonte stepped up for Penarol in the second half. Moreover the Argentinean team were successful in stopping their opponents defensively. Penarol limited the reigning champions to 12 points in the term and cut the distance to 2 points heading into the final quarter. Penarol put their noses in front in the fourth period. Kyle Lamonte secured a 73:70 lead for the Argentinean side with seconds left in the game. Alexandre Garcia had a chance to force overtime but missed a three-pointer. Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) knocked down 14 points for Penarol. Leonardo Gutierrez added 12 points in the victory. Alexandre Garcia tallied 24 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Universo/BRB. Valtinho Silva had 18 points in defeat.

Navieros - Halc.Cordoba 58-76
Halcones Cordoba earned the initial win at the Liga Americas. They bruised Navieros de Colon in the opening game in Group D in Panama City. Sergio Sanchez (180-G-83, college: UTPA) fired 20 points to lead balanced effort from the Mexican team. Halcones stormed into the clash. The Mexican team took an 18:5 lead midway through the first quarter. But Navieros gradually recovered and trimmed the deficit at three points at the end of the frame 22:25. Navieros went in front early in the second period not for long though. Halcones Cordoba responded with a triple from Sergio Sanchez to climb back in the saddle. The visitors rolled in front and finished the half ahead by 8 points. The second half belonged to Halcones. The Mexican team unleashed a 14:2 run to arrive to the final break up by as many as 15 points. Navieros could not recover in the fourth period as Halcones Cordoba rallied to the victory. Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) had 14 points and 15 rebounds for Halcones. Blake Walker added 14 points in the win. Richard Ortega answered with 14 points for Navieros. Ernesto Oglivie tossed in 11 points and collected 6 boards in defeat.

Group C Day 3. Halcones Xalapa advance into Final Four - Jan. 16, 2010 
Halcones Xalapa - Obras 97:78
Halcones Xalapa earned the spot in the Liga Americas Final Four. They toppled Obras on the final day of action in Group C to clinch the top spot. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) knocked down 23 points to pace the effort.
Juan Espil (193-G-68) scored 13 points in the starting frame giving Obras the lead. The Argentinean team entered the second stanza ahead by 3 points 22:19. Halcones gradually adjusted their offence and rolled in front late in the half. Gerald Brown (193-G-75, college: Pepperdine) helped the hosts to ensure a 39:36 advantage at the interval. Halcones pushed the throttle in the third quarter. The Mexican team accounted for 24 points in the stanza and took an 11-point lead at the final intermission. Obras could not put a defensive stop in the final quarter as Halcones dominated rallying to a confident win at the end. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G, college: W.Kentucky) scored 21 points for the winners. Gerald Brown finished with 20 points. Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) responded with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Obras. Juan Espil netted 20 points in defeat.

Halcones Xalapa: Leandro Garcia Morales 23, Orlando Mendez-Valdez 21, Gerald Brown 20
Obras: Maurice Spillers 23, Juan Espil 20

Joinville - Malvin 98:88
Joinville sweetened the Liga Americas pill as they wrapped up their campaign with win. The Brazilian team held off Malvin of Uruguay. Jefferson Sobral (203-F-80) knocked down 24 points to lead the way for Joinville.
Joinville grabbed the lead early and posted a 22:19 lead ten minutes into the game. The Brazilian team maintained the pressure in the second quarter and built a 47:38 advantage at halftime. Joinville kept on pouring from beyond the arc in the second half as Malvin had no remedy against it. Joinville fired 28 points in the third stanza and ensured a 14-point lead at the final break. Malvin tried to bounce back in the fourth quarter. They knocked down 27 points to cut the distance but could not avoid the loss. Andre Luiz Manteiguinha (192-G-81) was responsible for 21 points. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) had 16 points for the winners. Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier) scored 31 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Malvin. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) nailed 23 points and issued 8 assists in defeat. Joinville ourebounded their opponents 38:25. The Brazilian team drained 17 three-pointers en route to the victory.

Joinville: Jefferson Sobral 24, Andre Luiz Manteiguinha 21, Andre Goes 16
Malvin: Torraye Braggs 31, Fernando Martinez 23

Group C Day 2. Halcones and Obras stayed unbeaten - Jan. 15, 2010 
Halcones Xalapa - Joinville 100:72
Halcones Xalapa entertained the home crowd with the second straight Liga Americas victory. The Mexican powerhouse fired past Joinville to improve at 2-0 record. They will be tested by Obras of Argentina for the ticket into the tournaments Final Four. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) scored 20 points to pace the hosts.
Halcones shocked the Brazilian opponents early in the game. The home team outgunned Joinville 24:10 in the starting ten minutes to pile up a comfortable advantage. Halcones exploded with 35 points in the second stanza to enjoy a massive 29-point lead at halftime. The situation never changed after the big break. Halcones controlled the rhythm as arrived at the final break leading by 31 points. Joinville won the fourth frame but it was a little consolation for the team. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 14 points for Halcones in the win. Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G, college: W.Kentucky) added 13 points. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) answered with 14 points for Joinville. Andre Luiz Manteiguinha (192-G-81) had 10 points in defeat.

Halcones Xalapa: Leandro Garcia Morales 20, Jack Michael Martinez 14, Orlando Mendez-Valdez 13
Joinville: Andre Goes 14, Andre Luiz Manteiguinha 10

Obras - Malvin 95:91
Obras Sanitarias claimed the second straight win at the Liga Americas tournament. They held off Malvin to improve at 2-0 record. Obras will take on undefeated Halcones Xalapa tonight for the place in the competition Final Four. Obras got to a slow start as Malvin surged in front. However the Argentinean team went on an 8:0 run late in the period to take a 24:23 lead into the second quarter. The teams traded baskets in the second frame as Obras managed to secure a 43:43 lead at halftime. Malvin put their noses in front once again after the big break. Led by Brian Liang the Uruguayan team posted a 5-point lead with one quarter remaining. But Obras proved the difference in the fourth term. They went at full throttle to account for 32 points in the final quarter and ran away for the win at the end. Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) scored 20 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners. Juan Espil (193-G-68) added 18 points for Obras. Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, college: Seton Hall) responded with 20 points and 6 caroms for Malvin. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) had 18 points in the losing effort.

Obras: Maurice Spillers 20, Juan Espil 18, Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) 16
Malvin: Brian Laing 20, Fernando Martinez 18

Group C Day 1. Wins for Halcones Xalapa and Obras - Jan. 14, 2010 
Halcones Xalapa - Malvin 93:66
Halcones Xalapa celebrated the initial win at the Liga Americas tournament. They fired past Malvin in Group C. The hosts of the tournament showed their ambitions in the second half reeling off to an impressive run that left Malvin far behind. Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) scored 16 points to pace the Mexican team.
The teams stayed close in the first period. Halcones however managed to take a 23:19 lead into the second stanza. The hosts continued to mount the pressure in the second quarter. They stretched the margin to 8 points at the interval. Halcones never slowed down after the main break. Noah Alonzo gave the home team an 18-point lead in the third quarter. They soon cleared off to a 74:58 advantage with ten minutes to go. Malvin had little to answer with as Halcones rolled to the win in the fourth term.
Rommel Marentez (179-G-84, college: Cal-Davis) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) scored 14 points each for Halcones. Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, college: Seton Hall) answered with 19 points for Malvin. Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier) had 17 points in the loss.

Halcones Xalapa: Victor Mariscal 16, Rommel Marentez 14, Leandro Garcia Morales 14
Malvin: Brian Laing 19, Torraye Braggs 17

Obras - Joinville 72:71
Obras got to the winning start of the Liga Americas campaign. They narrowly defeated Brazilian Joinville in the Mexican city of Xalapa. The fans saw a heart-stopping battle of two well-matched teams. The regular time figured out no winner as the teams were tied at 65. Obras managed to snatch a narrow win at the end improving at 1-0 record in the pool. Joinville seemed to be en route to the win as they were up by two points 65:63 with 33 seconds to go in regulation. Shilton Dos Santos had a chance to ice the win when he was put on the line. But the centre missed two free throw attempts. Gustavo Orona (196-G-75) punished the Brazilian team with two freebies of his own to tie things up at 65. In extra period the glory belonged to Christian Cortes. He drained a decisive jumper to propel the Argentinean team to the victory. The teams were close from start to finish. Joinville managed to run away to an 8-point advantage with one quarter remaining but Obras erased the deficit to set up a mouth-watering finale.
Gustavo Orona finished with 16 points for Obras. Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) added 11 points, while Brandon Kurtz (208-C-78, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Tulsa) had 10 points in the victory. Andre Luiz Manteiguinha (192-G-81) led all scorers with 19 points for Joinville. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) and Espiga Soares (187-G-72) finished with 14 points each in defeat.

Obras: Gustavo Orona 16, Maurice Spillers 11, Brandon Kurtz 10
Joinville: Andre Luiz Manteiguinha 19, Andre Goes 14, Espiga Soares 14

Malvin eye Alex Galindo  - Dec. 24, 2009 
Malvin have drawn interest in recruiting Alex Galindo (198-F-85, college: Florida Intern.). The Uruguayan powerhouse is getting ready for the upcoming Liga Americas Group C action and needs the fill in the third import spot. Alex Galindo is currently playing for Cader in the LUB. He averages 28.7 points per game. Last season Alex Galindo played for Indios de Mayaguez in his native Puerto Rico. He tallied 8.5 points and 3.5 boards per appearance.

Liga-Americas Round: 6 Espartanos reach Final Four - Dec. 17, 2009 
Arecibo - Halc.Rojos 84-92
Halcones Rojos overcame Capitanes de Arecibo on the last day of action in Liga Americas Group B. The victory however turned out insufficient to reach Final Four. Halcones Rojos needed Flamengo to beat Espartanos to make it to the next round. But Espartanos claimed the victory sending Halcones Rojos packing. Lawrence Hill (203-F-87, college: Stanford) was impressive for Halcones with game-high 30 points. The Mexican team was in charge right from the start. They earned a 24:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The margin grew at 9 points into the big break. Halcones opened the second half with 8 straight points to stretch the margin. Capitanes finally showed some consistency in the third quarter as they crawled back into this one. The Puerto Rican team cut the distance to just 5 points with one quarter remaining. But Halcones Rojos exploded with 30 points in the fourth stanza leaving Capitanes behind at the end. Carlos Rivera scored 15 points for the Mexican team. Miguel Ayala added 14 points in the win. Bonzi Wells (196-F-76, college: Ball St.) delivered 24 points for Capitanes. Angelo Reyes had 23 points and 16 boards in defeat.

Espartanos - Flamengo 77-69
Espartanos used the support of the home crowd to knock down Flamengo in the crucial battle in Group B of Liga Americas. The victory opened the road to Final Four for the Venezuelan outfit. Espartanos and Quimsa will now look forward for the outcome of Group C and D to get to know their opponents in the final stage of the tournament. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) scored 26 points to pace Espartanos to the victory in this one. The hosts opened the game with a 14:6 rally but Flamengo quickly bounced back. The Brazilian champions built a 22:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Espartanos stayed close in the second frame and surged ahead to take a 38:35 lead at halftime. The third frame belonged to the home team. They dominated the paint and cleared off to an 8-point distance heading into the fourth quarter. Espartanos and Flamengo traded baskets in the final stanza but the hosts did not allow their opponents to spark the intrigue. Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) scored 16 points and grabbed 9 boards for Espartanos. Cordell Henry finished with 10 points in the win. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) responded with 20 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Flamengo. Alirio de Souza had 18 points in the losing case.

Liga-Americas Round: 5 (Regular Season) - Dec. 16, 2009 
Arecibo - Espartanos 97-79
Capitanes de Arecibo grabbed a comfortable win over Espartanos in Group B of Liga Americas. Capitanes entered the game having lost the opener and must win to stay alive in the tournament. And so they did cruising past Espartanos. Larry Elias Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) dropped 21 points to pace the Puerto Rican team. Capitanes stepped on the gas right from the start. They triggered a 17:4 rally to dominate. The first quarter gave the visitors a 27:14 lead. Capitanes maintained their lead throughout the second frame. Larry Elias Ayuso and Angelo Reyes delivered regularly as the Puerto Rican side enjoyed a 43:29 halftime buffer. Espartanos tried to change things around in the third quarter. Juan Herrera (197-F-81) paced the hosts as they trimmed the distance to 12 points with ten minutes to go. But Capitanes exploded with 32 points in the fourth period and never looked back en route to the win. Angelo Reyes delivered 19 points and 11 boards for Capitanes. Bonzi Wells added 15 points in the win. Juan Herrera responded with 21 points for Espartanos. Hector Romero finished with 14 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Halc.Rojos - Flamengo 76-73
Halcones Rojos eked out a vital win against Flamengo to stay in the race for Liga Americas triumph. The Mexican team entered the encounter with the loss in the first round and had to win to stay hopeful about their chances of making it to the Final Four. Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) fired 18 points to pace Halcones to a narrow win at the end. Halcones got to the better start. They fired 26 points in the opening frame earning a three-point lead at the first intermission. The Mexican team maintained the lead throughout the second stanza. They arrived at halftime up by 9 points. The margin reached a 10-point mark early in the third frame before Flamengo started to work their way back into contest. They went on a 12:0 run to cut the distance. Halcones survived the threat and entered the fourth frame up by 5 points. Flamengo tried hard but could not erase the deficit at the end. Fred Santos had a chance to force extra period but missed three-pointer. Ricky Sanchez came up with 18 points to pace Halcones. Carlos Rivera added 13 points in the win. Jefferson da Silva (207-C-83) answered with 28 points for Flamengo. Eduardo Machado had 20 points and 8 boards in defeat.

Liga-Americas Round: 4 (Regular Season) - Dec. 15, 2009 
Flamengo - Arecibo 81-66
Flamengo overcame the absence of Marcelinho Machado and upset Capitanes de Arecibo. Helio Vitor Lima (184-G-81) scored 23 points to pace Flamengo. Jefferson da Silva added 18 points and 7 boards in the win. Bonzi Wells responded with 20 points and 6 boards for Capitanes de Arecibo. Angelo Reyes had 13 points in defeat.

Espartanos - Halc.Rojos 109-105
Espartanos survived double-overtime drame to post the initial win. They narrowly defeated Halcones Rojos behind 29 points and 9 boards from Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans). Cordell Henry added 25 points in the winning effort. Carlos Rivera responded with 28 points, 7 assists, 6 boards and 4 steals for Halcones.

Liga-Americas Round: 3 (Regular Season) - Dec. 9, 2009 
Quimsa - Soles 77-67
Quimsa became the first team to qualify for the Liga Americas Final Four. They toppled Soles de Mexicali to earn the ticket to the next stage. Soles finished Group A proceedings at 1-2 record in the third overall place. Quimsa needed the victory in this one but they met with a fierce opposition from Soles. The Mexican powerhouse fired 23 points in the starting stanza worth a 6-point lead. Quimsa quickly adjusted their defence and looked much more solid in the second stanza. The Argentinean team went on a 12:2 run to surge in front. They controlled the game and posted a 33:31 lead at halftime. The teams exchanged basket in the tight third quarter. The pressure mounted on Quimsa but they dealt it with well enough to have a 2-point lead heading into the fourth period. Quimsa triggered a 13:3 run midway through the fourth term and never looked back en route to the decisive win. Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) finished with 19 points and 9 boards for Quimsa. Jonathan Treise (182-G-85) and Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) added 17 points each for the winners. Anthony Pedroza and Dejuan Wheat responded with 15 points each for Soles de Mexicali. James Penny delivered 9 points and 9 caroms for Soles.

Atenas - Pitagoras/Minas 110-85
Atenas wrapped up their Liga Americas campaign with a confident win over Minas in Cordoba. The victory allowed Atenas to occupy the second spot in Group A. Minas went winless and remained in the fourth position. Cristian Romero (198-F-82) paced Atenas with 17 points in the victory. The first half was absolutely levelled battle with neither side able to surge ahead substantially. The teams were tied at 23 at the first break. The second quarter brought little change as the scoreboard read 47:47 at halftime. But Atenas did not wait any longer as they tried to get away in the third stanza. The hosts exploded with 30 points in the third frame and earned a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter. Atenas continued to dominate in the fourth stanza. They fired 33 points to finish off their opponents. Diego Lo Grippo scored 16 points for Atenas. Diego Osella added 15 points in the victory. JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, college: Tennessee) responded with 18 points for Minas. William Drudi notched 17 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Liga-Americas Round: 2 (Regular Season) - Dec. 8, 2009 
Quimsa - Atenas 75-72
Quimsa made another step towards Liga Americas Final Four. They held off their Argentinean rivals Atenas in Cordoba to improve at 2-0 record in Group A. Atenas in the meantime slipped at 1-1. Atenas stomed into the game hopeful about the outcome. Atenas exploded with 28 points in the starting quarter and earned a 5-point lead at the first break. The home team Diego Lo Grippo delivered regularly in the second period as Atenas maintained the lead. They ensured a 41:35 advantage at halftime. But the third stanza turned things around in this one. Mazzaro and Albert White (197-G/F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Missouri) stepped up with 16 points in the frame and Quimsa outgunned their opponents 22:13 en route to a 3-point lead into the fourth quarter. The visitors entered the final seconds of the encounter with a slight lead but went deadly from the stripe to seal the outcome. Albert White knocked down 26 points to lead Quimsa. Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79) contributed 18 points for the winners. Andre Laws and Diego Lo Grippo responded with 14 points each for Atenas. Djibril Kante finished with 11 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Soles - Pitagoras/Minas 87-86
Soles de Mexicali posted the initial win at the Liga Americas Group A. They narrowly defeated Minas to improve at 1-1 record. The Brazilian outfit in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record. James Penny (198-F-76, college: TCU) knocked down a free throw late in regulation to ensure a last-second success for the Mexican team. Soles opened the game in style as they outscored their opponents 24:14 in the starting stanza. Dejuan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) paced Soles in the second frame as they kept their opponents behind. Soles produced a 44:37 lead at halftime. However Christopher Jeffries and William Drudi helped Minas returned into the contest. Minas accounted for 26 points in the third period and drew as close as 3 points heading into the fourth term. Minas erased the deficit in the intense fourth period and it all came down to the dying seconds. James Penny rescued Soles with a freebie keeping them alive in the race for the Final Four birth. Dejuan Wheat scored 19 points to lead Soles. James Penny produced 16 points and 11 caroms in the win. Christopher Jeffries responded with game-high 24 points for Minas. William Drudi notched 14 points and 11 boards in defeat.
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