As the host country, Mexico chose a rival for its third match The draw to determine the basketball competition order for the XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 took place this Monday. There will be 8 countries participating in the competition. The Men's category includes the United States, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Mexico forming group A, and Jamaica, Colombia, Brazil, and Canada making up group B. The Woman's category includes Argentina, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico in group A, as well as the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, the United States, and Brazil in group B. Because Mexico is the host country, the Mexican delegation had the opportunity to select who their third rival would be for the first phase. The men chose to compete against Argentina, while the women chose to compete against the United States. The Weightlifting Forum at the CODE Paradero was the location where the following people met: XVI Pan American Games Guadalajara 2011 Organizing Committee (COPAG) Director of Operations and Sports Ivar Sisniega Campbell; the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Secretary General Alberto Garcia; the Mexican Basketball Association (ADEMEBA) President Modesto Robledo; ADEMEBA Vice-President Mario Mendez; and ADEMEBA Secretary General Ulises Lares. COPAG Director of Operations and Sports Ivar Sisniega Campbell predicted success for the basketball competition which will be held at the CODE Dome: 'It will happen in a stadium which will have less than 5,000 spectators; we are sure that every day it will be completely full.' After finishing the raffle FIBA Secretary General Alberto Garcia and AMEDEBA President Modesto Robledo received commemorative shirts with the countdown until the opening ceremony of the Pan American Games saying 'I'm at 109 Days'.
Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games Awards 2011 - Oct 31, 2011 (by Greg)
Best Player: Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) of Puerto Rico
Best Guard: Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84) of Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) of Puerto Rico
Best Center: Real Mata (205-C-86) of Mexico
Best Coach: Flor Melendez of Puerto Rico
PG: Jose Juan Barea (181-84) of Puerto Rico
G/F: Jovan Harris (191-81) of Mexico
F: Renaldo Balkman (201-84) of Puerto Rico [read more]
Gold belongs to Puerto Rico - Oct 30, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Mexico - Puerto Rico 72-74
Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) hit the go ahead shot with less than three seconds to play as Puerto Rico beat host Mexico 74-72 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara.
Barea's pull-up jumper near the foul line put Puerto Rico up for good, the final basket in a hard-fought game that was marked by multiple lead changes [read more]
Mexico - Puerto Rico 72-74 Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) hit the go ahead shot with less than three seconds to play as Puerto Rico beat host Mexico 74-72 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Barea's pull-up jumper near the foul line put Puerto Rico up for good, the final basket in a hard-fought game that was marked by multiple lead changes. Mexico had one more chance, but a last second shot fell short as the buzzer sounded. The win made it a clean sweep for Puerto Rican basketball. The island women's team beat Mexico exactly a week ago to win its first ever Pan American gold medal. It was the third Pan American Games gold medal for Puerto Rico on the men's side, coming 20 years after the island last won it all in 1993 in Havana. The team previously won in Sao Paolo in 1963. (*Courtesy of www.caribbeanbusinesspr.com) Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) shined for Puerto Rico with double-double of 28 points and 12 rebounds. Hero Jose Juan Barea had 18 points and 8 assists, while big guy Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) added 14 pts and 6 boards for his country. For the host of Panamerican Games 2011, Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) netted 18 points. Paul Stoll (178-G-85) scored 14 and Hector Hernandez (206-F-85, agency: Duran International, college: Fresno St.) added 9 pts, plus 6 rebs. Quarters: 21-19, 14-16, 16-15, 21-24. USA won the Bronze in Guadalajara.
USA - Dominican Republic 94-92 With the bronze medal secured, the players rushed to mid court to celebrate. There, the United States men's basketball team joined the players from the Dominican Republic, dancing together and hugging each other as the Mexican crowd cheered. 'I overcame tears, because that was a special moment,' U.S. coach Nate Tibbetts said after his team beat the Dominicans 94-92 for bronze at the Pan American Games. 'It's brotherhood. It's fellowship.' Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke) scored a team-high 14 points Sunday to give the Americans their best finish at the games since a silver in Winnipeg in 1999. The bronze was a disappointing result for a U.S. team trying to win the Pan American gold for the first time since 1983, but the players who were put together just a few weeks before the tournament said they are leaving Guadalajara glad to have learned from the experience. 'We enjoyed it and it's going to be something that we will remember for the rest of our lives,' U.S. guard Justin Dentmon said. Thomas said the mutual celebration at the end of the match showed how much the Americans embraced the spirit of the Pan Am Games. 'It was amazing, was special to be able to celebrate together afterwards,' he said. 'They started and we just got in there together. The fans appreciated us being there.' (*Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com) Lance Thomas led the winners in scoring with 14 points. Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) (7 rebs) and Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) (5 as) helped USA with 12 points each. On the other side, Dominicans got 25 points and 9 rebounds from Elys Manuel Guzman (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.). Their second scorer was Jack Michael Martinez (6'8''-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 21 pts (9 rebs) and Juan Coronado (6'5''-G-83) stopped to 13 pts in this meeting (5 rebs). Quarters: 30-28, 21-17, 17-23, 26-24. Puerto Rico won the Gold in Guadalajara.
Day 4: Puerto Rico and Mexico to fight for Gold - Oct 29, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)
Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 85-77
Puerto Rico advanced to the Big Final in Guadalajara. They eliminated Dominican Republic in the Semis 85-77. Puerto Ricans will meet host Mexico in the Gold medal game. Dominican will try to earn a bronze, but it won't be easy. Their rival is USA. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) shined with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S [read more]
Puerto Rico - Dominican Republic 85-77 Puerto Rico advanced to the Big Final in Guadalajara. They eliminated Dominican Republic in the Semis 85-77. Puerto Ricans will meet host Mexico in the Gold medal game. Dominican will try to earn a bronze, but it won't be easy. Their rival is USA. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) shined with 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) had 14 pts and 7 rebs, while Edwin Ubiles (198-G/F-86, college: Siena) added 13 pts and 6 rebs. In Dominican Republic, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) collected 20 pts and 8 rebs. Elys Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) and Juan Coronado (196-G-83) had 15 and 12 pts respectively. Quarters: 23-18, 20-19, 23-16, 19-24. Sunday is the last day of the competition.
Mexico - USA 71-55 Mexico eliminated USA in the Semifinals of the Panamerican Games 2011. The host of this event handed 71-55 loss to USA and will meet Puerto Rico in the Finals. USA will fight for the Bronze and their rival will be Dominican Republic. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) paced Mexico to victory in this meeting with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Real Mata (205-C-86) had 12 points and 9 rebs. Third scorer in Mexico was Pedro Meza Rogel (186-G-85, college: Arizona W. CC) with 9 points. On the other side, Leo Criswell-Lyons (206-F-87, college: Missouri) was better than the others with 13 points. Jerome Dyson (191-G-87, college: Connecticut) (5 rebs) and Blake Ahearn (188-G-84, college: Missouri St.) had 10 and 9 pts respectively. Quarters: 11-15, 23-14, 13-12, 24-14. Sunday is the last day of the championship in Guadajalara.
Canada - Brazil 56-74 Brazil finished as the fifth ranked team at the Panamerican Games 2011 in Guadalajara. They outplayed Canada in the last day of the competition 56-74. Canada finished as No.6 at this event. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) led the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii) scored 11 and Cristiano Felicio (206-C-92) added 10 pts, plus 6 rebounds in this victory. On the other side, Canada got 10 points from Philip Scrubb (194-G-92). Owen Klassen (208-F-91) (12 rebs) and Warren Ward (196-G-89) scored 8 points each. Quarters: 21-22, 15-14, 9-17, 11-21. Puerto Rico the Gold in Guadalajara. The Bronze belongs to USA.
Argentina - Uruguay 71-69 Argentina grabbed 71-69 win against Uruguay to avoid the last place at the Pan Am Games 2011 in Guadalajara. Argentina finished as the seventh ranked team at this event. Uruguay is No.8. Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) led Argentina to victory with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) had 15 pts and Marcos Delia (206-C-92) scored 8. In defeat, Nicolas Borsellino (202-F-86) was better than the others with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) had 13 pts and 8 assists, and Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) also scored 13 pts. Quarters: 22-16, 18-12, 20-20, 11-21. Puerto Rico won the Gold at this event. The Bronze belongs to USA.
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