Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The Senior NT of Venezuela got its second straight victory in the 2012 Super 4 Israel Sarmiento Tournament played at the Forum of Valencia, Venezuela, this time over Colombia, 80-62, while Uruguay woke up from an astonishing Day 1 defeat against Colombia, by winning in their second game against Chile, 58-52.
Marriaga got the best out of his paint-game abilities and Venezuela took over the first quarter, 25-19. Zamora continued to impress everybody with his mid range and long range shooting and his accurate free-throw shots, even though he had spent over a month without official games back in Spain's ACB.
Colombia's only productive weapon was Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81). Head coach Hernan Dario Giraldo was ejected in the second quarter because he verbally offended referee Khaled El Halad. Marriaga and Zamora kept things going and Venezuela took command of the situation in the second quarter, 52-30.
Even though Colombia played a little better in the third partial (68-49) thanks to John Hernandez (207-C) and his rebounds, it wasn't enough. Zamora led Venezuela with 18 points, including three shots from the long range, Miguel Marriaga added 12 points and Jose Juan Bravo (202-C-86) finished up with 11. For Colombia, Stalin Ortiz netted 34 and Divier Perez (201-F/C-89) followed him with 7.
Greenberg was happy to see everyone involved in the team goals and getting quality minutes on court. 'Today we had the chance to give minutes to everybody in an uniform and each one of them played at least 11 minutes'.
In regards to what they did on court, he said that 'we're improving and it's necesary to play these games to see how the team reacts. Besides, we've added players that haven't had the chance to practice with the group. They're all playing very well defensively and there's a positive attitude because they want to be a team, they want to help each other and that's very important'.
PG Gregory Vargas, currently playing the LPB 2012 Finals but who had the chance to travel to Valencia to play in these games, had positive things to say about it. 'Nowadays, Venezuela has a great team with a lot of young players and we're all in a beautiful competition to earn one spot. The most important thing is that we're all focused about being a team and today we showed that. Today we did the extra pass and we helped each other on defense'
Meanwhile, Uruguay did not make significant improvements in their game, but still managed to defeated Chile, 58-52. Uruguay has a 1-1 record, like Colombia, while Chile is now 0-2 prior to the last day, in which Colombia and Chile will play at 1.00pm and Venezuela will face Uruguay for the trophy at 3.00pm.
LPB already has 6 candidates running for Champion of its 2013 season. - May 26, 2013
New York Monday, May 27, 2013. Trotamundos of Carabobo became the sixth qualified team for the 2013 LPB plays off; the blue express joined Marinos de Anzoategui, Cocodrilos de Caracas, Gaiteros del Zulia, Bucaneros de La Guaira, and Gigantes de Guayana for this matter [read more]
New York Monday, May 27, 2013. Trotamundos of Carabobo became the sixth qualified team for the 2013 LPB plays off; the blue express joined Marinos de Anzoategui, Cocodrilos de Caracas, Gaiteros del Zulia, Bucaneros de La Guaira, and Gigantes de Guayana for this matter. Although both Marinos and Cocodrilos dominated the qualifying round of the 2013 LPB season, those six qualifiers are going to be facing once again starting next week in which all shall have a new beginning; what ever happened during the first round is gone. Every team has a few days to rectify, change strategy, keep going with the same one or do anything in the book to have that second chance to become champion of the 2013 season of the Professional Basketball League of Venezuela - one of the best professional basketball leagues of the American continent.
Venezuela center Gregory Echenique(206-C-90) is one of 20 basketball players selected to play in the 2013 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game, sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The NABC Division I College All-Star Game will be played on Friday, April 5 at 5:07 p [read more]
Venezuela center Gregory Echenique (206-C-90) is one of 20 basketball players selected to play in the 2013 Reese's Division I College All-Star Game, sponsored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). The NABC Division I College All-Star Game will be played on Friday, April 5 at 5:07 p.m. ET at the Georgia Dome. Gregory Echenique was an honorable-mention All-MVC pick as a senior and became the first player in Creighton Universitys history to be named to the MVC's All-Defensive Team three times. He was named the 2011-12 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, and also was a two-time all-MVC Tournament team pick. In his final game, he became the 36th player in Creighton history to surpass 1,000 career points at the school, and if you include his Rutgers numbers he finished his career with 1,364 points, 991 rebounds and 268 blocked shots.
Piratas did not had too many chances yesterday night and fall again as local against the Bukaros, the black team had a good start but the lack of deepness makes his boat one with a very small fuel tank, Piratas has been also undersized against some rivals but specially against Bukaros the strongest team in the paint among all the 8 in the competition [read more]
Piratas did not had too many chances yesterday night and fall again as local against the Bukaros, the black team had a good start but the lack of deepness makes his boat one with a very small fuel tank, Piratas has been also undersized against some rivals but specially against Bukaros the strongest team in the paint among all the 8 in the competition. Phillip Brooks again broke the rival defense with his quickness and finished leading the Bukaros with 22 pts, John Velez has 9 points and 10 rebounds. Piratas leader Edgar Moreno tried hard but his effort came short beacause the bad night of Fahnbulleh and Johnson, Moreno finished with 16 pts, and Johnson 13 pts. Piratas de Bogota 61 - E. Moreno 16 pts, J. Johnson 13 pts Bukaros 78 - P. Brooks 22 pts, T. Jennings 11 pts
Bambuqueros put Manizales OC in a really bad situation winning the second straight game as visitor, the Neivas team took control of the boards and specially hurt the locals with their 25 offensive rebounds that meant the victory despite the bad fourth quarter, Stalin Ortiz posted a double double in the night with 22 pts and 10 rs, Enielsen Guevara had 16 pts and 11 rebounds leading the winners, Manizales OC had Cesar Ordonez with 20 pts, Justin Garris with 20 and Cesar Cortez with 17 and 11. Justin Garris had the chance to change the history but his three points attempt at the end of the game did not fund the net. Manizales OC 88 - C. Ordonez 20 pts, J. Garris 20 pts. Bambuqueros 90 - S. Ortiz 22 pts + 10 rebs, E. Guevara 16 pts + 11 rebs.
The Caribbean Heat won its 4th straight game at home, defeating the Halcones de Cucuta, the visitors had a great start leaded by Courtney Nelson arriving to the middle with a 5 points lead, but the combined effort of Bradford, Downs and Forbes put the Heat back in the game and was enough to get the victory, Cory Bardford had 27 pts, Jorry Downs 17 pts, in Halcones Courtney Nelson had 21 pts, Byron Burnett 15 pts and 10 rebounds. Caribbean Heat 96 - C. Bradford 27 pts, J. Downs 17. Halcones de Cucuta 92 - C. Nelson 21 pts, B. Burnett 15 + 10 rebs.
Academia de la Montana keeps his place among the top defeating Aguilas de Tunja for the second straight night, Aguilas had a good start thanks to E. Mayfield and Y. Fernandez, the game had ups and downs for both teams but a strong third quarter of the Academia was enough to put the victory in a safe place. Academia de la Montana 85 - C. Chavez 22 pts, N. Aragon 21 pts Aguilas de Tunja 79 - Y. Fernandez 20 pts, E. Mayfield 19 pts
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