USA celebrate the title at PanAmerican
Games - Jul. 25, 2007
USA - Brazil 79:66
The United States basketball team clinched the PanAmerican Games title
yesterday. They defeated Brazil in the tournament Final 79:66 and grabbed their
first PanAmerican gold in 20 years. Brazil finished only in the second spot and
did not manage to triumph at the home tournament.
Brazil however had a slightly better start to the game. They surged ahead early
on and held on to a narrow advantage throughout the first quarter. Entering the
second frame 19:18 in front Brazil never allowed USA to emerge leading and
secured 34:33 distance at halftime. USA managed to cut the deficit in the third
quarter but once again Brazil came out winning 53:49 at the start of the last
United States needed a 13:5 spark to establish a 63:58 gap 5 minutes into the
fourth quarter. Brazil seemed to run out of steam at the dying stage and never
managed to burst out with a strike to comeback into the game. United States
became new PanAmerican Games champions. Matee
Ajavon (173-G-86) (173-G-86) led all scorers with 27 points for USA team.
McCoughtry (185-F-86) added 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners.
Jacintho (180-F-79) topscored for Brazil with 21 points.
Pinto (170-G-78) secured 19 points in a losing effort.
USA team outrebounded the home side 40:28. They also converted impressive 57%
from beyond the arc. Brazil forced North Americans to 19 turnovers.
Cuba - Canada 62:49
The defending champions Cuba had to satisfy their ambitions with Bronze Medals
at this year's PanAmerican Games. After being routed by the USA team in the
semis Cuba took on Canada in Bronze Medal Game. This time Cuban players
performed arguably their best basketball and handed in a 62:49 loss to Canada.
Cuba spurred to an early 18:12 lead after the opening frame. The distance was
maintained in the second quarter as Cuba led 30:23 at halftime. Canada struggled
to come back into this one and remained trailing 38:47 after three quarters.
Yakelin Plutin (186-F-79) kept on delivering points for her side during the
fourth frame and never allowed Canada to ignite a closing strike. Cuba secured
the Bronze Medals and the spot at the podium. Yakelin
Plutin chipped in 20 points to pace Cuba.
Suchitel Avila (183-F-82) contributed 12 points for the winners. Canada
responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds from
Asagwara (175-G-84) nailed 7 points in a defeat.
Cuba dominated the boards 38:32. They also limited Canadian players to just 30%
of accuracy from the field, including 7% from three point range.
Colombia - Argentina 59:58 Colombian National team secured their third straight victory at the
PanAmerican Games and clinched the 5th spot in the final standings. In the last
encounter Colombia narrowly defeated Argentina 59:58 to celebrate the 5th place.
Argentina led 33:31 at halftime but appeared trailing by 9 points after three
quarters. Argentina tried desperately to save the game at the dying stage but
Colombia survived a late threat to come out victorious. Levys
Torres (195-C-78) paced Colombia with 16 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Arias (188-F-82) added 15 points in win. Argentina's
Paoletta (170-G-79) poured in 16 points.
Nicolini (175-G-75) produced 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals in a losing
Mexico - Jamaica 63:56 Mexico gained their first win at the tournament as they beat Jamaica in
the clash for the7th-8th spots. Jamaica led by as many as 10 points at halftime
32:22 and seemed to be en route to the 7th spot. However a spectacular 20:8
third quarter by Mexican players changed the complexion of the game. Jamaica
never recovered from a blow and surrendered at the end. Brisa
Silva (168-G-84) topscored for Mexico with 19 points and 7 rebounds.
Garcia (190-F/C-81, college:
provided 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners.
Louden (172-G-83, college:
netted 13 points for Jamaica.
Pitterson (177-G-71) nailed 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a defeat.
USA won Panamerican Games 2007 - Jul.
24, 2007 USA women
won Panamerican Games, which take place this year in Rio. They had a very tough
opponent in the final game - local Brazilian team similarly to USA has not lost
any game in the tournament till the final.
The final took place in at Rio Multipurpose Arena. Both teams show a similar
level and none of them was able to get any significant lead thru entire game.
Brazil was still ahead at the beginning of the last quarter. However USA team
took the lead in first minuted of the last period and kept it till the end of
The USA team returns to the top of the podium after 20 years. The American team
hasn't won the gold medal in the Pan American Games since Indianapolis 1987.
USA and Brazil to clash in the
Final - Jul. 24, 2007
Brazil - Cuba 79:60 Brazil had a victorious outing last night at the PanAmerican Games
basketball tournament in Rio de Janeiro. The hosts crushed the defending
champions Cuba en route to the Final.
Brazil controlled the game from the start and finished the first frame ahead
19:16. Cuba struggled from the field and Brazil extended the lead to 41:29 at
halftime. Cuba was not able to limit Brazil's offense and the gap reached a
66:44 mark entering the final quarter. Cuba could not perform any kind of
comeback in the final stanza and surrendered at the end.
Brazil were paced by
Santos (192-C-79) with an impressive double-double of 17 points and 17
Jacintho (180-F-79) added 17 points for the winners.
Plutin (186-F-79) and
Soria (195-G-86) netted 10 points apiece for Cuban team. Yamara Amargo and
Oyanaisy Gelis had 9 points each in a defeat. Brazil outrebounded their
opponents 41:30 not allowing them a single offensive rebound. Cuba also
converted just 29% from the field.
Cuba will now play for the Bronze medals against Canada. Brazil will take on the
USA in today's Final game.
USA - Canada 75:59 United States team continued thier perfect cruising through the
PanAmerican basketball tournament. They cruised past Canada in the semifinal and
will face hosting Brazil in today's title decider.
Canada had a better start to this one as they limited USA offense and drove to a
17:13 advantage at the end of the opening frame. However USA had a momentum at
the start of the second quarter when they recorded a massive 14:3 run to clear
off to a 27:20 distance. Canada were not able to maintain USA players
defensively and the gap grew drastically. USA secured a 46:28 lead at halftime
and entered the second half confidently. Canadian team struggled to play a catch
up in the third quarter and the deficit grew to 46:65. United States provided no
chances for Canada in the final stanza and celebrated an impressive 75:59
victory at the end. Angel
McCoughtry (185-F-86) scored game-high 21 points and grabbed 6 boards for
Appel (193-F/C-88) contributed 12 points in a win.
Aubry (188-F-84) nailed 12 points for Canada. Amanda Brown secured 11 points
in losing effort.
USA dominated the paint outrebounding Canada 40:33. They also shot solid 45%
from the field.
USA will play against Brazil in tonight's Final. Canada takes on Cuba in the
Bronza Medals game.
Colombia - Mexico 62:55 Colombia celebrated their second straight win at PanAmerican Games in
Brazil. In the first game of classification round Colombia overcame Mexico
62:55. This means they will play for the 5th-6th spots against Argentina later
Colombia surged in front at the end of the first quarter when they grabbed a
narrow 19:16 lead.
Arias (188-F-82) posted some strong plays while Levys Torres reigned under
the rims to ensure a 40:31 advantage for Colombian team at halftime.
Things got even worse for Mexicans in the third quarter when the gap reached a
39:52 mark. Mexico struggled from the field and lost the battle in the paint to
come closer. Colombia led comfortably midway through the final stanza 58:43 and
never allowed Mexican players to save the game. Yaneth
Arias produced 27 points, grabbed 8 boards and dished out 2 assists to lead
Diaz (186-F-83) added 13 points for the winners.
Garcia (190-F/C-81, college:
18 points for Mexico.
Gomez (-76) had 12 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in a losing effort.
Colombia outrebounded the opponents 45:32 and limited Mexico to just 38% from
Mexico will now face Jamaica in the game for the 7th-8th spots.
Argentina - Jamaica 73:61
Argentina finally got their first win at the PanAmerican Games in Brazil. After
suffering three consecutive defeats in the preliminary round they entered the
classification round as being underdogs. However Argentina proved different as
they beat Jamaica in yesterday's encounter. The win ensured Argentina would
fight for the 5th spot against Colombia today.
Argentina held to an early lead 13:12 however Jamaica cut the deficit and
secured a draw at halftime 28:28. The game remained very close throughout the
third frame as Argentinean players surged ahead to just a 2-point advantage
47:45. Argentina needed a strong start to the final frame to clear off for good.
Paoletta (170-G-79) led her team to the win with 23 points and 6 rebounds.
Nicolini (175-G-75) had a big night with 17 points, 9 steals, 7 assists and
4 rebounds for Argentina.
Gidden (191-C-85, college:
responded with game-high 29 points and 10 rebounds for Jamaica.
Edwards (193-C-73, college:
Iowa) had 7
points in a defeat.
Jamaica had an obvious edge under the rims outrebounding Argentina 50:29.
However they lacked accuracy converting only 34% from the field including 0/9
from three point line. Argentina shot 42% of field goals.
Jamaica will now take on Mexico in the clash for the 7th-8th spots.
The preliminary round finishes in Rio
de Janiero - Jul. 23, 2007 The action
is comleted in preliminary round of the PanAmerican women's basketball
competition. With all semifinalists known the last day was to distribute spots
in Groups A and B.
Colombia - Argentina 68:66
In Group B Colombia gained the first win at the tournament. They narrowly
defeated Argentina 68:66. The teams kept it close in the first quarter as they
were tied 16:16. Colombia surged ahead in the second quarter taking a narrow
Arias (188-F-82) and
Pinilla (173-G-73) helped Colombia dominate the third quarter and lifted
them to a 51:40 advantage entering the final frame. Marcella Paoletta tried to
save the encounter for Argentina and they were close of drawing the game late in
regulation. But Colombian players survived late thrreat and celebrated their
first victory. Yaneth
Arias nailed 24 points to lead Colombia.
Pinilla added 23 points for the winners.
Paoletta (170-G-79) responded with 17 points for Argentina.
Alejandra Chesta (187-F-82) netted 12 points in a defeat.
USA - Cuba 78:63
USA team overcame the defending champions Cuba in the third round of Group B.
Both teams secured semifinal birth earlier but needed to decide on the top spot
in Group B ladder. USA grabbed an early advantage and rolled to a 36:24
dominance at halftime. Natasha Humphrey scored 10 points in the third frame to
lift USA in front for good. Marissa
Coleman (185-G/F-87) hit 19 points and pulled down 6 boards for the United
Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86) nailed 13 points for the winners.
Boulet (193-C-83) chipped in 19 points for Cuba.
Soria (195-G-86) had 13 points in a losing effort.
USA will now take on Canada in the semis. Cuba faces Brazil later tonight.
Brazil - Canada 77:63
Brazil National team remained undefeated as they handed a 77:63 loss to Canada
in the third round In Group A. Canada dominated the game early and rallied to a
29:21 advantage after the opening quarter. But the hosts emerged strong in the
second frame outscoring Canada 25:11 to gain a 46:40 lead at halftime.
Arcain (181-G-69, college:
paced Brazil in the second half as they faced little problems en route to their
third straight victory at the tournament. She poured in 20 points in a win.
Micaela Jacinto added 16 points for the home side. Teresa Gabriele scored 16
points for Canada.
Adams (191-C/F-81, college:
had 11 points in a loss.
Jamaica - Mexico 69:46 Simone
Edwards (193-C-73, college:
scored 22 points to lift Jamaica to their first win at PanAmerican games. They
cuised past Mexico to clinch the third spot in Group A. Jamaica dominated the
game right from the start and never allowed Mexico to come close. Jamaican
Silva (168-G-84) to just 9 points and capitalized on a low shooting
percentage from Mexican players.
Jamaica also outrebounded their opponents 57:30 and forced them to 16 turnovers.
Gidden (191-C-85, college:
produced 12 points for the winners.
Gomez (-76) paced Mexico with 22 points.
USA, Brazil , Cuba and Canada clinch
semis - Jul. 22, 2007
USA - Argentina 85:54
USA team faced little problems in their second game at PanAmerican games in
Brazil. They routed Argentina 85:54 to secure semifinal birth. United States
team entered the game bravely and grabbed an early 10:0 lead. They prevailed in
the opening quarter 25:11 and continue to roll in the second. The advantage
reached an unassailable 45:15 mark at halftime which allowed USA squad slowed
down a bit. Argentina managed to gain some speed in the second half but was too
far to hope for a positive result. Emily
Fox (175-G-87) nailed 18 points for the United States. Natasha Humphrey
ensured 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists for the winners.
Cava (168-G-85) produced 13 points for Argentina.
Latin American team were limited to 32.7% from the field. They also converted
just 57.1% from free throw line. USA were on 82.6% from charity line and
outrebounded their opponents 48:24.
USA will face Cuba in the last game of the preliminary round. Argentina takes on
Brazil - Mexico 88:44
Brazilian players easily secured their second win at the home tournament
defeating Mexico 88:44. The hosts dominated at the start of the game and gained
a 18:9 lead after the opening frame. The home side never stopped in the second
quarter as they outscore their opponents 26:10. The job was done ans Brazil
eased to an overall victory in the second half.
Jacintho (180-F-79) provided 22 points for Brazil.
Silva (168-G-84) topscored for Mexico with 10 points.
Brazil and Cuba victorious on the first
day of the tournament - Jul. 21, 2007
Brazil - Jamaica 81:69
Brazil opened the home PanAmerican basketball competition with a win over
Jamaica. Leading by just a single point after the first frame 18:17 Brazil came
strong in the second. Brazil dominated the pace of the game and spurred to a
24:15 dominance in the second. Brazil extended the gap in the third frame and
entered the final stanza ahead 63:46. Jamaica tried to close the deficit in the
final minutes but had little chances to reach out so far. Janeth led the action
with 28 points for Brazil. Ega added 13 points in a win. Jamaica replied with 18
Gidden (191-C-85, college:
Edwards had 15 points in defeat.
Brazil will next face Mexico in Group A action. Jamaica takes on Canada tonight.
The action begins in Rio De Janiero
- Jul. 21, 2007 USA
- Colombia 95:41
The USA and Colombia opened the 15th Pan American Games in Rio De Janiero
yesterday. USA entered the game as favourites and proved their status
overwhelming Colombian team. They grabbed an early 17:4 lead and extended it to
32:14 after the first quarter. The dominance of the USA team turned out into a
massive 63:23 advantage at halftime. North American players faced little
obstacles on the way to their first win at the tournament in the second half
enjoying a 55-point lead at the moments.
USA outrebounded Colombia 50:27 and limited them to just 24.1% from the field.
Meawhile USA players converted soild 52.7% of field goals including 52.4% from
beyond the arc. Mattee
Ajavon (173-G) led the United States with 15 points. Natasha Humphrey
produced 14 points and 7 rebounds in a win.
Arias (188-F-82) topscored for Colombia with 17 points.
USA topped Group B standings and will next take on Argentina. Colombia will try
to improve the record against Cuba.
Canada - Mexico 74:63 (OT)
Canada national team needed an overtime to celebrate their first win at
PanAmerican Games in Brazil. They trailed 24:29 at halftime against Mexico, but
grabbed a 44:41 advantage entering the final frame. Both teams exchanged blows
throughout the fourth quarter and Canada had to perform some heroics to force
extra time at the end of regulation. However Canadian players proved strong in
overtime limiting Mexico to just 2 points and sealing a victory at the end.
Teresa Gabriele led the action with 22 points.
Crooks (186-F-84) added 14 for Canada. Mexico were paced by 20 points from
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