Brazilian NT is the new champion in South America after they
defeated Argentina in the final 73-67.
FINAL - Domingo 20 de junio de
ARGENTINA 67 - BRASIL 73
Argentina: Alejandro Montecchia 16, Juan Espil 16, Leandro
Palladino 0, Luis Scola 11 y Ruben Wolkowyski 6 (Formacion Inicial);
Lucas Victoriano 2, Sergio Aispurua 8, Emanuel Ginobili 4, Juan Sanchez
0 y Andres Nocioni 4. Entrenador: Julio Lamas.
Brasil: Demetrius 11, Caio Cazziolatto 14, Vanderlei 20, Sandro 11 y
Josuel 6 (Formacion Inicial); Aylton Tesh 4, Andre Rato 6 y Luiz
Fernando 1. Entrenador: Helio Rubens.
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Brazil beated Uruguay 102-85, so the first semifinal will be
between Argentina (winner of group B) and Uruguay (Second on group A),
Brazil is waiting for the winner of Venezuela and Ecuador,
Venezuela should win easily, but Peru has already complicated Venezuela.
The game will be broadcasted after the second game between Knicks and
Spurs, so I will tell you the final score tomorrow.
Brasil 93 - Bolivia 59
Is the first time in history that Brazil score less than 100
points against Bolivia.
On a very intense game played tonight Argentina
defeated Venezuela 98-72.
The game started played at full speed with Venezuela
making its first shot with 10 seconds played an Argentina turning the
ball over in the following fast break.
Juan Espil played its best game on the National Team since 1996 Olympics
games assuming his new role as the team leader.
It was a close game in the beginning with Argentina taking a four point
lead (14-10) with four minutes played thanks to a Technical foul to
Venezuela's bench, but Venezuela called a time out and in the next 8
minutes made a 28-9 run to take its biggest lead (23-38) with 8 minutes
to play in the first half. At that point Venezuela was clearly
dominating the board and Argentina wasn't able to play good defence, and
on the offensive end Espil was the only scorer (13 of the 23 points).
Aispurua got into the game for Argentina with Scola having three fouls
and with his intensity on the boards ant the very good defence of "Pepe"
Sànchez and some points from Ginòbili and Espil, Argentina started to
close the gap. With twelve seconds remaining on the half Argentina was
down by five with the ball, the play was designed for Espil, but he
couldn't take a good shot, so he passed the ball to Ginòbili, who scored
a nine meter three pointers with two players trying to guard him, so the
half ended with Venezuela leading only by three (46-49).
Argentina started the second half played ferocious defence, so it took
Venezuela more than eight minutes to get its first point, by that time
Argentina was up by ten (59-49) with six points from Montecchia.
Argentina killed Venezuela's hope of getting back in the game with a
couple of three pointers from Palladino that avoided any try to come
back. The last ten minutes lasted more than half an hour as a lot of
fouls were called, and Argentina slowly extended the lead to 28 points
(98-70) with ten seconds to play with the great conduction from
Victoriano who has regained his confidence.
A total of 72 free throws were shot, Argentina went 32/38 while
Venezuela were 28/34, this is nothing new for these team, because in
Maracaibo '97 Argentina and Venezuela played 2 times a near 160 fouls
Venezuela will play tomorrow against Ecuador (needs to win in order to
qualify for the semifinals) while Argentina has a day off waiting for
Saturday's semi final.
In the second day of play the scores were closer than in day 1:
Venezuela defeated peru just by 9 points (84-75), yesterday Venezuela
had won by 48 against Colombia while Peru had lost by 67 against
Argentina. Uruguay defeated Chile by 21 (93-72) and Brazil beat Paraguay
Uruguay easily defeated Bolivia 126-52 in the opening game of the 38º
South American ChampionshipS. Venezuela defeated Colombia 100-52.
Colombia's starting lineup has an average age of 18 years and the power
forward and center height is 194 cm.
URUGUAY 93 - CHILE 75
BRASIL 93 - PARAGUAY 53
VENEZUELA 84 - PERU 75
ARGENTINA 111 - ECUADOR 37
Argentina: Alejandro Montecchia 0, Juan Espil 20, Leandro
Palladino 10, Luis Scola 12 y Ruben Wolkowyski 10 (Formacion Inicial);
Andres Nocioni 15, Emanuel Ginobili 15, Lucas Victoriano 5, Leonardo
Gutierrez 11, Sergio Aispurua 5, Juan Sanchez 8 y Hernan Jasen 0.
Entrenador: Julio Lamas.
Ecuador: Jeff Escalante 4, Engels Tenorio 0, Marco
Sanchez 10, Ayub Sanchez 4 y Jose Obando 4 (Formacion Inicial); Luis
Guzman 8, Manuel Nazareno 0, Vicente Diaz 3, Cristian Escobar 2, Diego
Romo 0 y Otilio Valencia 2. Entrenador: Efrain Lopez.
Argentina easily defeated Ecuador 111-37 (58-23) with 20 points of Espil
and 15 from Nocioni and Ginobili. As the score indicate it was never a
game, Ecuador never were up, and Argentina managed to get easy baskets
by dominating the rebounds and forcing turnovers.
In Argentina made their debuts Pepe Sanchez (8 points, 9 steals and 6
assists) and Luis Scola (12 points) who didn't play on Monday due to
minor injuries. Argentina needs to cut its turnovers and improve its
free throw shhoting percentage in order to contend for the title.
URUGUAY 126 - BOLIVIA 52
BRASIL 77 - CHILE 62
VENEZUELA 100 - COLOMBIA 52
ARGENTINA 107 - PERU 40
Argentina: Alejandro Montecchia 8, Juan Espil 4, Leandro
Palladino 13, Andres Nocioni 13 y Ruben Wolkowyski 18 (Formacion Inicial);
Leandro Gutierrez 14, Emanuel Ginobili 14, Sergio Aispurua 7, Lucas
Victoriano 9 y Hernan Jasen 7. Entrenador: Julio Lamas.
Peru: Julio Monges 4, Juan Monges 1, Jorge Giuria 12, Guillermo
Nalvarte 2 y Juan Bresani 2 (Formacion Inicial); Eduardo Vargas 3,
Amador Rios 0, Larry Snyder 8, Daniel Del Carpio 2, Pedro Rebottaro 6,
Felipe Camino 0 y Roberto Puente 0. Entrenador: Alejandro Castineira.
Argentina easily defeated Peru 107-40 on its debut on the 38º South
Aregntina started the game with Montecchia, Espil, Palladino, Nocioni
and Wolkowisky, Scola and Sanchez did not play due to minor injuries.
Peru scored the first basket of the game when argentinean team seemed to
be a little nervous, only Palladiono scored in the first two minutes for
Argentina to get a 7-5 lead. As the minutes passed, Argentina started to
play better on offense and with more intensity on defense, so the gap
increased fast (12-7 with 16' left; 26-13 with 10' and 36-16 with 5' to
play), the first half
finished with a 51-21 lead for Argentina who had its best men in
Palladino (10 points, 3 fouls), Ginobili (14 pts) and Wolkowisky (9 pts
5/8 free throws). The second half started with a basket of Peru that was
answered by 13 consecutive points for Argentina who relaxed on defense
so Peru scored 9 points in three minutes, then the argentinean coach
called for a time out and Argentina improved its defense so Peru scored
only 3 field goals and a total of 8 points in 12'30'' with Argentina
scoring 37 points in that time.
Argentina - Peru 107-40 (Montecchia 8, Espil 4, Palladino 13,
Nocini 13, wolkowisky 18 (starting lineup); Asipurua 7, Gutierrez 14,
Ginobili 14, Victoriano 9, Jasen 7 -)
Argentina will play tomorrow against Ecuador (in 1997: Argentina 85-
59), needs to improve its three point shooting, cut the turnovers and
more involved in the Offense.