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South American Championships Standings
Group A
 1. Brazil 3-0 
 2. Uruguay 2-1 
 3. Paraguay 1-2 
 4. Chile 0-3 
Group B
 1. Argentina 2-1 
 2. Venezuela 2-1 
 3. Colombia 2-1 
 4. Ecuador 0-3 
Points Per Game
 Stalin ORTIZ
  COL
  (191-G-81)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Ortiz, COL22.4 
 2. da Rosa, BRA21.2 
 3. Cantero, ARG18.5 
 4. Aguerre, ARG18.0 
 5. Alloatti, ARG18.0 
 6. Aguiar, URU17.8 
 7. Martinez, URU16.6 
 8. Araujo, PAR15.2 
 9. Martinez, PAR14.8 
 10. Perez, VEN14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  URU
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Batista, URU11.2 
 2. Aguerre, ARG10.0 
 3. Sucre, VEN9.4 
 4. da Rosa, BRA9.0 
 5. Fabio, PAR8.8 
 6. Araujo, PAR8.6 
 7. Hernandez, COL8.0 
 8. Gutierrez, ARG6.8 
 9. Briones, CHI6.8 
 10. Sandes, ARG6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Javier MARTINEZ
  PAR
  (189-G-78)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Martinez, PAR6.5 
 2. Aguerre, ARG6.0 
 3. dos Santos, BRA6.0 
 4. de Assis, BRA5.6 
 5. Cantero, ARG5.0 
 6. Carrasco, CHI5.0 
 7. Schattmann, ARG4.8 
 8. Cequeira, ARG4.5 
 9. Moreno, COL4.0 
 10. Osimani, URU3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgar MORENO
  COL
  (191-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Moreno, COL2.6 
 2. Perez, PAR2.6 
 3. Aguerre, ARG2.0 
 4. Cantero, ARG2.0 
 5. da Rosa, BRA2.0 
 6. Ortiz, COL1.8 
 7. Zanotti, PAR1.8 
 8. Torres, PAR1.6 
 9. Machado, BRA1.6 
 10. Martinez, PAR1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jorge VALENCIA
  (206-C-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valencia, CHI2.0 
 2. Aguerre, ARG2.0 
 3. Araujo, PAR2.0 
 4. Newsome, URU2.0 
 5. Briones, CHI2.0 
 6. Batista, URU1.6 
 7. Gutierrez, ARG1.4 
 8. Hernandez, COL1.2 
 9. Sucre, VEN1.0 
 10. Mina, ECU1.0 
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Brazil celebrates the victory (Photo: Fibaamericas.com)
Brazilian team for World Championships 2010 in Turkey
Starting five
#s#
Alexandre Garcia
Garcia
Marcelinho Huertas
Huertas
Leandrinho Barbosa
Barbosa
Guilherme Giovannoni
Giovannoni
Tiago Splitter
Splitter
#e#5
4 Marcelinho Machado 199-F/G-75 Flamengo Brazil
5 Nezinho dos Santos 186-G-81 Universo/BRB Brazil
6 Murilo Becker 210-C/F-83 S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
7 Raul Neto 184-G-92 Pitagoras/Minas Brazil
8 Alexandre Garcia 191-G-80 Universo/BRB Brazil
9 Marcelinho Huertas 191-G-83 Caja Laboral Spain
10 Leandrinho Barbosa 190-G-82 Toronto R. USA
11 Anderson Varejao 205-C-82 Cleveland C. USA
12 Guilherme Giovannoni 202-F-80 Universo/BRB Brazil
13 Joao Paulo Batista 207-F/C-81 Le Mans France
14 Marquinhos Vinicius 207-F-84 Sutor Mont. Italy
15 Tiago Splitter 211-C/F-85 San Antonio S. USA

Ruben Magnano Head Coach Atenas Argentina
Jose Neto Assistant
Fernando Duro Assistant Olimpico LB Argentina


Brazilian team for South American Championships


#s#
Welington dos Santos
dos Santos
Jonathan Tavernari
Tavernari
Fulvio de Assis
de Assis
Bruno Fiorotto
Fiorotto
Murilo da Rosa
da Rosa
#e#5
4 Arthur Luiz Belchior 200-G/F-82 Universo/BRB Brazil
5 Welington dos Santos 186-G-81 Universo/BRB Brazil
6 Andre Goes 195-G/F-87 Ciser/Joinville Brazil
7 Rafael Ferreira 208-C/F-88 S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
8 Luiz Felipe Campos 191-G-80 Paulistano Brazil
9 Jonathan Tavernari 197-G/F-87 BYU USA
10 Eduardo Machado 195-G-82 Flamengo Brazil
11 Fulvio de Assis 187-G-81 S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
12 Bruno Fiorotto 208-C-84 Tenerife Spain
13 Joao Paulo Batista 207-F/C-81 Le Mans France
14 Murilo da Rosa 210-C/F-83 S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
15 Lucas Cipolini 206-F/C-86 BYU-Hawaii USA

Ruben Magnano


 
Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships Awards 2010 - Aug 2, 2010
All-Tournament 1st Team
#s#
Murilo da Rosa
da Rosa
Javier Martinez
Martinez
Fulvio de Assis
de Assis
Leonardo Mainoldi
Mainoldi
Esteban Batista
Batista
#e#5

MVP: Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83) of S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
Best Guard: Javier Martinez (189-G-78) of Regatas C. Argentina
Best Forward: Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) of Fuenlabrada Spain
Best Center: Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83) of S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
Best Defensive Player: Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Fuenlabrada Spain
Best Coach: Josep Claros of DKV Joventut Spain

1st Team

G: Javier Martinez (189-78) of Regatas C. Argentina
G: Fulvio de Assis (187-81) of S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
F: Leonardo Mainoldi (204-85) of Fuenlabrada Spain
F/C: Esteban Batista (208-83) of Fuenlabrada Spain
C/F: Murilo da Rosa (210-83) of S.Jose/Vinac Brazil

2nd Team

G: Stalin Ortiz (191-81) of Regatas C. Argentina
G/F: Jonathan Tavernari (197-87) of BYU USA
F: Mauricio Aguiar (199-83) of Vanoli CR Italy
F/C: Juan Gutierrez (205-83) of Granada Spain
C: Guillermo Araujo (204-82) of Olimpia Paraguay

Honorable Mention

Patricio Briones (213-C-72) of Liceo Mixto Chile
Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) of Cocodrilos Venezuela
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) of Quimsa Argentina
Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) of Marinos Venezuela
Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Cocodrilos Venezuela
Jose Fabio (198-F-77) of Cerro Porteno Paraguay


Brazil wins the Gold in Neiva  - Aug. 1, 2010 
FINAL
Brazil - Argentina 87-77
Brazil outplayed Argentina 87-77 to win the Gold in Neiva. Brazilians ended this championship with the perfect 5-0 record. Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) exploded in the Big Final with double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. He reached valuation 33 and grabbed the MVP title for this game. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) scored 15 points and handed out 5 assists, while Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points and 5 boards. In Argentina, Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) shined with 25 points. Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) and Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) scored 14 and 11 points respectively. Brazil was slightly better team in the first quarter and they made 19-18 lead. Murilo da Rosa and his teammates exploded in the second frame and totally took control on Argentina. They drained 21 points for ten minutes, while limiting Argentineans to 13 for 40-31 lead at the half time. Argentina desperately needed a run, but they were not able to make it. Both teams were good offensively in Q3, but that period also belonged to Brazil (22-21). Brazilians were focused until the very end keeping the safe distance without any bigger efforts. Last quarter ended with 25-25 tie for the final 87-77 win and the Gold medal for Brazil. Of course, Argentina as No.2 and they won the Silver in Neiva.
Places 3-4
Venezuela - Uruguay 70-76
Uruguay was better than Venezuela to win the Bronze in Neiva. Uruguayans celebrated 70-76 victory ending the South American Championship with 3-2 record. Their best scorer in this game with Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) with 21 points. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) had 19 points and 5 rebounds, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) added 18 pts, plus 11 boards. In the loosing squad, Axiers Sucre (198-F-78, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) registered 21 points and 10 rebounds. Jesus Centeno (190-G-85, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) netted 10 points. Uruguay had a great start. Mauricio Aguiar and his teammates drained 24 points in the first quarter, while they limited Venezuela to 17. Totally different picture on the court was seen after that. Venezuela dominated in all segments and they created 21-9 in the second quarter for 38-32 HT lead. Third period was pretty leveled and it was Venezuela who finished it with 19-18. Uruguayans shined when it was the most important and they closed this game with impressive 13-26 for the final 70-76 victory and the Bronze medal in Neiva. Venezuela stayed without the medal. They appeared five times in Neiva registering 2-3 record.
Places 5-6
Paraguay - Colombia 86-66
Paraguay finished their participation in South American Championship with victory. It was a game for fifth place and Paraguay celebrated 86-66 win against Colombia. The host of this event ended as No.6. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) had 19 points and 6 boards, while Javier Martinez (189-G-78) (6 rebs, 8 as) and Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) (8 rebs) added 16 points each. In Colombia, Norbey Aragon (194-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW) collected 20 points and 6 rebounds. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) and Stalin Ortiz (191-G-81, college: Valparaiso) (6 as) netted 17 and 12 points respectively. Paraguay did a great job in the first half. They exploded offensively in the first ten minutes scoring 26 points and were even better in Q2 with 30 pts. It means that Paraguay drained 56 pts in the first half, while they stopped Colombia to 19+13. Colombia was in trouble and was not able to reply. Third quarter was pretty leveled and belonged to Colombia 18-19. They needed a way more, but there was just ten minutes left in the game. Paraguay had not troubles to keep the safe distance and to win the fifth place in Neiva.
Places 7-8
Ecuador - Chile 70-88
Chile celebrated the first win in Neiva. Thanks to this 70-88 victory against Ecuador, Chile avoided the last place in South American Championship 2010. Ecuador is the one who ended at this spot as they were not able to beat anyone at this event. Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) came up with 18 points in victory. Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) had 15 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) added 14 points and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Jose Vicente Diaz (196-F-75) delivered 30 points. Eduard Caicedo (196-C-90) had 12 pts and 7 boards. Except of the last quarter, all other belonged to Chile. Evandro Arteaga and his teammates started with 14-22 in the first ten minutes and continued with 15-20 in Q2. It means that Chile was nice 13-points up at the halftime and was looking good. That was nothing compared to Q3, when Chile destroyed Ecuador with 15-29. Game winner was already known and last period was just the formality. Chile players slowed down and Ecuador cut the margin for 9 points. At the end, it was totally deserved 70-88 win for Chile.



Brazil and Argentina to fight for the Gold  - Jul. 31, 2010 

SEMIFINALS

Brazil - Venezuela 79-67/a>
Brazil stretched its winning streak in Neiva to four. It means that Brazilians advanced to Big Final, where they will meet Argentina. On the other side, Venezuela will play against Uruguay for the Bronze.
Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) shined for Brazil with 25 points and 7 rebounds. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Rafael Ferreira (208-C/F-88) scored 15 points and Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-G/F-82) helped with 10. In Venezuela, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) top-scored with 22 points. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) followed him with 12. Venezuela was slightly better team in the first quarter, as they made 18-20 lead. Next ten minutes were pretty tied as well, but this time they belonged to Brazil 16-15. At that point it seemed that this game could be interesting one until the very end, but Murilo da Rosa and his teammates had other thoughts. They came up strongly after the breather draining 23 points in Q3. At the same time, Brazilians limited Venezuela to 15 for plus 7 with ten minutes to go. Venezuela was in trouble, but they were not able to do anything about that. Brazil dominated in Q4 (22-17) and finished this game with plus 12. Saturday is the last day of the competition in Neiva.

Uruguay - Argentina 73-79
Argentina opened the championship in Neiva with defeat, but that didn't affect strong Argentineans and they made it to the Big Final. Argentina was better than Uruguay in the Semis 73-79 and will fight for Gold against Brazil. On the other side, Uruguay will play against Venezuela for the Bronze. Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) led Argentina with 17 points and 7 rebounds, while Luis Cequeira (180-G-85) also had 17 pts but to go with 5 boards. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) helped with 14 pts and 5 rebs, and Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) added 12 pts and 8 rebs. In the loosing squad, Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) shined with 24 pts. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) and Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) scored 14 points each. Except of third quarter, everything else belonged to Argentina. Leonardo Mainoldi and his teammates were slightly better in the first period ending it with 19-21 lead. They intensified defense for rest of the first half and limited Uruguay to 13 second quarter points. They drained 18 on the other side for 22-39 advantage. Uruguay improved in third frame (18-16) and that was the only one which belonged to them. Argentina ended last ten minutes with 23-24 for the final 73-79 win and a spot for the Big Final in Neiva. Saturday is the last day of the competition in Neiva.
Places 5-8
Colombia - Chile 78-71
Colombia made a first step forward to fifth place in Neiva. The host of South American Championship outplayed Chile 78-71 and will meet Paraguay for position No.5. Chile will play against Ecuador to avoid the last place at this event. Stalin Ortiz (191-G-81, college: Valparaiso) the leading scorer in victory with 22 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds. He reached valuation 22 taking the MVP title for this game. Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, college: UTEP) helped Colombia with 12 pts and 5 assists. In Chile, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) collected 17 points and 7 boards. Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) and Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Colombia did a good job in the first quarter making 20-14 lead. They were better in the next ten minutes as well to finish first half with plus 8. Chile improved after the breather, but was able to cut the margin for just 2 points. Everything was still open at that time, but in the finish the hosts were more focused and they managed to grab 78-71 win. Saturday will be the last day in Neiva, where Brazil and Argentina will fight for the Gold. Games for third, fifth and seventh place will be played at the same day.

Ecuador - Paraguay 45-89
As expected, Paraguay had an easy job against Ecuador celebrating 45-89 victory. It was just a first step forward to fifth place by Ecuador, who will have to beat Colombia in order to win that spot. Ecuador will play against Chile and will try to avoid the last place in Neiva. So far they registered poor 0-4. Jose Fabio (198-F-77) came up with double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds in Paraguay. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) (6 as) and Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) also helped their team with 19 points each. Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) and Sergio Lopez (189-G/F-86) (5 rebs, 5 as) added 11 and 10 points respectively. In defeat, Jose Vicente Diaz (196-F-75) delivered 11 points. Nixon Mina had 9 pts and 16 rebounds. Ecuador managed to resist only in the first quarter, which still belonged to Paraguay 19-21. Jose Fabio and his teammates destroyed Ecuador with 8-23 for the next ten minutes already making comfortable lead. After the breather, Paraguay continued to dominate. They closed third period with 11-23 and question about the winner was resolved. Ecuador was not able to respond in the last ten minutes, which Paraguay finished with 7-22. At the and, it was a 45-89 blowout win by Paraguay.



Southamerican Championship 2010, Day 3 results - Jul. 29, 2010 
Venezuela had a relaxed day , defeating Ecuador 104 43, the victory give to Venezuela the ticket to the semifinal, Nestor Salazar sent all his players to the hardwood, Ecuador again show a low level, far to other teams in the Champioship, Marinos back up guard Gregory Vargas, leaded its team in scoring 17 pts , with Romero, Centeno and Urbina adding 14 pts, for Urbina was the first minutes in this tournament, Eduard Caicedo with 13 points was the leader of Ecuador.
Venezuela 104 G.Vargas 17 pts, J. Urbina, J. Centeno, H. Romero 14 pts.
Ecuador 43 Eduard Caicedo 13 pts, J. Fuentes 9 pts.

Brazil defeated Paraguay in a game that start with the Paraguayan team ruling the scoring in thanks to the combination of Araujo , Martinez and Zanotti, but Brazil made changes in ist defense and sending Tavernari to the floor to get the lead ate the end of the quarter, Paraguay keep fighting hard, but the lack of a deep bench hurt them, Murilo Becker began to take control of the game in the paint and Along Tavernari made Brazil to keep the distance, and win the game to finish in the first place of the group.
Brazil 93- M. Becker 20 pts + 9 rebs, J. Tavernari 16 pts, (4 of 8- 3 ptrs)
Paraguay 81 J. Martinez 18 pts, J. Zanotti 18 pts.

Uruguay had a hard nigh against the brave Chilean team, that managed the first half leading the game, thanks to a very aggressive defense, and the accuracy of the veteran Patricio Briones, Uruguay did not find an offensive answer in Aguiar or Batista, but the small point guard Martinez took all the load in the scoring to avoid Chile take a longer distance, the first quarter were a different one, the arrival of Martin OsoOsimani to harwood brings newenergy to Uruguay , and Chile began to had problems to score, the quarter finishin with Uruguay taking its first lead by three points, the 4th quarter was the consolidation of the Celestevictory, ruling the boards and controlling the ball.
Uruguay 75 J, Martinez 23 (4 of 6 3ptrs), J Izuibejeres 14 ( 4 0f 6 3 ptrs).
Chile 64 P. Briones 19 pts + 8 rebs, F. morales 13 pts.

Argentina broke the Colombian dream defeating the national team 70 63, Colombia star the game with a quick offense that meant a 6 points lead, but quickly the Argentinean answer arrived and thanks to a couple of 3 ptrs of L. Mainoldi cut the gap , Colombia still took control of the game finishing the first quarter 2 pts ahead, in the second Argentina showed his background and adjusted the defense to stop Colombian Stalin Ortiz, forcing the the locals to play one man offensives, in the third quarter the Colombian coach made substitutions sending divier perez to the wood, the young forward did a good job guarding Roman Gonzalez in the paint and Colombia finsh juts 10 pts behind, the last quarter was the definitve, Colombia began with G. Bacci in the PG, using S. Ortiz and E. Moreno as shooting guards, giving some problems to Argentina, but again 3 pointers of L. Schattmann, L. Mainoldi and M. Sandes killed the Colombian illusion to reach the semifinals, Argentina control of the boards was the key of the game.
Argentina 70 L. Mainoldi 70 pts, J. Gutierrez 17 pts.
Colombia 63 S. Ortiz 23 pts, E. Moreno 17 pts.


The end of Preliminary Round in Neiva  - Jul. 29, 2010 
Group A
Brazil - Paraguay 93-81
Brazil finished Preliminary Round in Neiva with the perfect 3-0 record. They demonstrated great performance so far at this event and will play against Venezuela in the Semifinals. Paraguay failed to reach the next stage as they had 2-1 record and finished as No.3 in this group. Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) paced the winners with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Jonathan Tavernari (197-G/F-87) had 16 points and 6 rebounds, while Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) added 15 pts and 5 rebs. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) netted 14 points. In Paraguay, Javier Martinez (189-G-78) was the leading player with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) (14 rebs) and Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) had 16 points each. Second quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Brazil made tiny 24-23 in the first ten minutes. Murilo da Rosa and his teammates intensified defense after that limiting Paraguay to 16 pts in the second frame, while they drained 25 on the other side. It means that Brazil held nice 10-point lead at the half time. Both teams were good offensively in Q3, but still Brazil was the one who ended with 26-23. They had no troubles to keep the safe distance in the last ten minutes and to register third straight win in Neiva. Semifinals, well as the first Classification Games for 5th to 8th place, are scheduled for Friday.

Chile - Uruguay 64-75
Uruguay was better than Chile in crucial game and advanced to Semifinals in Neiva. With this win, Uruguay finished as No.2 in Group A with 2-1 record and will meet Argentina in the Semis. Chile ended Preliminary Round winless and will be transferred to Classification Games for 5th to 8th place. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) stepped up for the winners with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) had 14 points and 5 boards, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) added 13 pts and 9 rebs. In Chile, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) shined with 19 points and 8 boards. Franco Morales (179-G-92) and Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) netted 13 and 11 points respectively. Chile was slightly better team at the beginning as they made 18-16 lead in the first ten minutes. Patricio Briones and his teammates took full control on Uruguayans for rest of the first half and increased their advantage to plus 8 points (35-27 HT). At that time it seemed that Chile will be able to grab the first win in Neiva, but Uruguayans had other thoughts. They blasted Chile with 15-26 after the breather and were looking great. In the last quarter there was only one team playing on the court and it was Uruguay again. They created 14-22 in these ten minutes for nice 64-75 win at the end. Championship continues on Saturday.
Group B
Colombia - Argentina 63-70
Argentina started with defeat in Neiva, but despite that fact they managed to end Preliminary Round as the top-ranked team of Group B. Argentineans were too strong for Colombia on Wednesday evening jumping to 2-1 record. The hosts of this event, as well as Venezuela, have the same numbers but Argentina is No.1, Venezuela No.2 and Colombia is N.3. As a reminder, just two best teams from this pool will go to Semifinals, so Colombia will continue in Classification Round for 5th to 8th place. Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) stepped up for Argentina with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) has 12 points and 11 boards, while Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) (11 rebs) and Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) (6 rebs, 5 as) added 10 points each. For the home side, Stalin Ortiz (191-G-81, college: Valparaiso) shined with 23 points. Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, college: UTEP) had 17 pts, 6 boards and 5 assists. Colombia started this game with tiny 15-13 lead. Argentineans woke up immediately after that and replied with 11-19 for rest of the first half. After the breather, Leonardo Mainoldi and his teammates continued in the same rhythm and thanks to great offense ended Q3 with 19-23 for double-digit lead before the last ten minutes. Colombia didn't give up and they made 18-15 in Q4, but that was not enough to avoid third place in Group B. Championship continues on Saturday. Argentina will meet Uruguay in the Semifinals, while Colombia will meet Chile in CR.

Venezuela - Ecuador 104-43
Venezuela advanced to Semifinals as No.2 of Group B and will play against Brazil. Venezuelans destroyed Ecuador in the last day of Preliminary Round heading to next stage with huge self-confidence. On the other side, Ecuador ended this phase winless. They will continue in Classification Games for 5th to 8th place. In the first game Ecuador will meet Paraguay. Gregory Vargas (182-G-86, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds in victory. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) (6 rebs), Jesus Centeno (190-G-85, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) and Jesus Urbina (201-F-84, agency: Liman Sports, college: George Mason) helped with 14 points each. In defeat, Eduard Caicedo (196-C-90) collected 13 points and 7 rebounds. They didn't have any other player with double-digits in scoring. Everything was clear in just ten minutes. Venezuela players exploded in the first quarter ending it with huge 25-5 lead. It was a clear signal that Ecuador will not have a chance in this meeting and the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Second frame ended 26-10 for Venezuela, who was 51-15 up at the half time. Nothing has changed after that as Venezuela finished Q3 with 24-14 and the last one with 29-14 for the final 104-43 blowout. Championship in Neiva continues on Saturday.



Southamerican Championship 2010, Day 2 results - Jul. 28, 2010 

Paraguay defeated Chile in the first game of the second day in the Southamerican Championship, the game began with Paraguay leading the way and thanks to a very good game of his most veteran player Javier Martinez reached a 13 pts lead finishing the third quarter, but Chile enters the last quarter with a better attitude and cup the gap to 4 points, specially giving the offensive to Patricio Briones and Erik Carrasco, at the end of the game.
Chile 72- P. Briones 20 pts, E. Carrasco 14 pts.
Paraguay 76 B. Zanotti 16 pts, J. Martinez 15 pts.

Argentina had its easy game of the tournament, defeating Ecuador 107 43, the Argentinian team dominated all the game easily, coach Nicolas Casalaguinda sent to the floor most of time its younger players like Juan Fernandez, Carlos Schattman and Sebastian Vega who made some of the most spectacular dunks in the tournament, include one rear dunk tha mades his teammates stand to cheer him, Ecuador was a shadow, just with Jose Diaz taking some offensive load, the game also put Argentina in a good position to reach the second phase, thanks to the points scored.
Argentina 107 C. Schattmann 19 pts, A. Alloatti 18 pts
Ecuador 43 J. Diaz 11 pts.

Brazil blasted Uruguay in the power houses game, the Brazilian team had an almost perfect game, leaded in the first half by Jonathan Tavernari the most talented player of the tournament and by Nezinho in the second, the winners with its motion offensive, made Uruguay look lost and without resources to stop them, six players scoring double figures and 53% from beyond the arc, proves the Brazilian power, Uruguay did not had a good night, his offensive did not find a way to score, just Mauricio Aguiar fighting in the penetration and the shooting of Martinez were its weapons, Esteban Batista was too shy in the offensive
Brazil 89 J. Tavernari 15 pts, W, Dos Santos Nesinho 13 pts.
Uruguay 63 F. Martinez 18 pts, M. Aguiar 14 pts.

Colombia played one great game to defeat the favourites Venezuela in the over time, the yellow team had in Stalin Ortiz an ustoppable scorer, but all the players that put a foot on the court made a good job, Venezuela began the game with and impressive 7 three pointers in the first quarter, taking distance from Colombia, the national defense was weak, having problems to pass the screens, and allowing many open shots to Venezuela, but quckly coach Giraldo made changes and sent Yader Fernandez to the floor, to play defense against Venezuelas Hector Romero, the change worked, and the team had new energy in the floor, Venezuelas Rafael ChamoPerez keep doing a great job in offense and also in defense guarding Ortiz, the game was very close and went to overtime, in wich Enielsen Guevara open the score, and in two minutes Colombian reached a 6 points lead with 3 minutes to play, the team managed the defense to finishing winning the game by 1 point.
Colombia 84 S. Ortiz 27 pts, E. Guevara 15 pts.
Venezuela 83 R. Perez 23 pts, L. Bethelmy 17 pts.


Day Two in Neiva  - Jul. 28, 2010 

Group A
Brazil - Uruguay 89-63
Brazil made a huge step forward to Semifinals in Neiva. After victory against Chile in Day One, Brazil blasted Uruguay 89-63 for perfect 2-0 in Preliminary Group A. At the same time, Uruguay slipped to 1-1 but still has a nice chance to advance. Jonathan Tavernari (197-G/F-87) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Welington dos Santos (186-G-81, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points, while Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) and Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) (8 rebs) added 11 points each. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) helped with double-double of 10 points and 10 assists. In the loosing squad, Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) collected 18 points, while Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) had four less. Brazil took control on its rival from the very beginning. Jonathan Tavernari and his teammates nailed 29 points for the first ten minutes, while they managed to stop Uruguayans to 16. Uruguay was good in the second frame, but it was not enough for any better than 44-34 deficit at the halftime. Third quarter was the crucial once as Brazil made unreachable lead at that time. They jumped to plus 20 and never looked back after that. They ended Q4 with 25-17 for the final 89-63 victory. Brazil will meet Paraguay in Day Three. Uruguay will play against Chile.

Chile - Paraguay 72-76
Paraguay registered the first win in Neiva. They joined Uruguay now on the second place with 1-1 record and stayed in the race for the Semifinals at this event. Chile dropped to 0-2 and their chances drastically decreased. Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds in this victory. Javier Martinez (189-G-78) had 15 points, 8 boards and 7 assists, while Jose Fabio (198-F-77) added 14 pts. Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) helped the winners with 12 pts. In Chile, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) shined with 20 pts and 5 boards. Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) collected 14 points, 8 rebs and 6 assists. Paraguay did a great job in the second quarter. Before that, Bruno Zanotti and his teammates made a minimum lead in the first ten minutes (16-17). Paraguay exploded offensively in the second frame scoring 26 pts. They were solid in defense stopping their rival to 15 for 31-43 lead at the half time. Third quarter was pretty leveled, but it still belonged to Paraguay (23-24). Chileans were in trouble, but they didn't give up. The seriously threatened in the last period (18-9), but were not able to make a turn. In Day Three in Neiva, Paraguay will meet Brazil. Chile will take on Uruguay.

Group B
Argentina - Ecuador 107-43
Argentina destroyed Ecuador for the first win in Neiva. Argentineans failed against Venezuela in Day One, but despite that defeat they still have a nice chance to reach the Semifinals. On the other side, Ecuador dropped to 0-2 with no chance to make it to the next stage. Carlos Schattmann (194-G-87) top-scored in Argentina with 19 points and he handed out 9 assists beside that. Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88) collected 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. He was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84) also helped with 18 pts (7 rebs). In Ecuador, Jose Vicente Diaz (196-F-75) had 11 points. He was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Argentina dominated from the start of this game. Carlos Schattmann and his teammates collected 19-12 in the first quarter and they were just warming up. They destroyed Ecuador in Q2 with 29-8 and question about the winner was resolved. Second half was juts the formality and the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Argentina made 27-15 in third and huge 32-8 in the last quarter for the final 107-43 blowout. In the last day of Preliminary Round in Neiva, Argentina will play against the hosts (Colombia). Ecuador will take on Venezuela.

Colombia - Venezuela 84-83 OT
Second win for the host of South American Championship 2010. Colombians grabbed an overtime win against Venezuela to stay alone on the first place in Group B with the perfect 2-0 record. On the other side, Venezuela dropped to 1-1, but they still have a chance to reach the Semifinals. Stalin Ortiz (191-G-81, college: Valparaiso) once again was the leading player in Colombia. He spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 27 points and 6 rebounds. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) had 15 points and 6 boards, while Norbey Aragon (194-G/F-78, college: Georgia SW) (7 rebs) and Adinson Mosquera (205-F/C-83) (6 rebs) added 10 points each. In Venezuela, Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) shined with 23 pts. Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) followed with 17 pts, 11 rebs and 5 assists. It was a real thriller decided in the dying seconds. Colombia was slightly better in the extra five minutes 8-7 and celebrated maybe the crucial win. Before that, Venezuela shined in Q1 as they made excellent 19-29 lead. The hosts immediately woke up and replied with 19-12 for rest of the first half. Colombia was better in third frame as well (24-21) so everything was open again. Last frame was totally leveled (14-14) and teams went to overtime, where Colombia made tiny 8-7. In Day Three, Colombia will take on Argentina. Venezuela will meet Ecuador.


Southamerican Championship 2010, Day 1 results - Jul. 27, 2010 

Uruguay and Paraguay played the first game of the tournament, and Paraguay playing with heart was a hard rival for Uruguay and was close to surprise.
The Paraguyans were always close finishing the first quarter two points behind, Guillermo Araujo leaded the team, but the hard work of Esteban Batista in the boards always gives a second chance to Uruguay.
The third quarter began with Paraguay offensive ruling until take a 4 pts lead, but then Mauricio Aguiar took his team on the shoulders and with 10 points in the quarter leaded the Uruguay come back.
Uruguay defense were enough to keep the distance and get the victory.
Uruguay 66 M. Aguiar 20 pts. J. Izuibejeres 14 pts.
Paraguay 61 G. Araujo 29 pts + 14 rebs.

Brazil playing relaxed defeated Chile in the opening day of the Suothamerican, Brazil used all his roster in the game, but was Murilo Becker and Jonthan Tavernari the leaders, Chile did not have a Chance, Patricion Briones was well controlled by Brazils defense and the effort of Arteaga, Espinoza and Carrasco were not enough
Brazil 69 M. Becker 20 pts + 11 rebs, J. Tavernari 10 pts.
Chile 54 R. Espinoza 12 pts, E. Arteaga 12 pts.

Venezuela confirms its condition of favourite defeating Argentina in a very interisting game, Venuezuela took control of the game since the second quarter and reched a diference of 12 pts at the end of the third, Rafael Chamo Perez and Hector pepito Romero leaded the squad, but Argentina had a last word to say in the 4th quarter, when in less than one minute cut the gap from 11 just to 2 points, thanks to a couple of three pointer of L. Mainoldi and some Venezuelas turnovers, but Nestor Salazar called a time out that gives back to the team the confidence, and a controversial call that helped Venezuela to score two three throws and get the ball back, sealed the victory.
Venezuela 75 R. Perez 18 pts, H. Romero 18
Argentina 72 J, Gutierrez 17 pts + 12 rebs, M. Sandes 15 pts.

Colombia had its debut with an easy game against a waek team of Ecuador, the National team quickly in the first quarter took a long lead of 22 pts, thanks to 10 pts of Stalin Ortiz, Ecuador score just 4 points in the quiarter, Colombian coach send his secons squad to the harfwood for the second quarter allowing Ecuador cut the gap to 15 pts, the second half was a training with Colombia very relaxed, played soft defense and socoring in fast break, Stalin Ortiz , Edgar Moreno and Yader Fernandez leaded Colombia un scoring, and Jose Diaz leaded Ecuador.
Colombia 94 S. Ortiz 28 pts, E. Moreno 14 pts.
Ecuador 46 J. Diaz 11 pts, D. Cuero 10 pts


Day One in Neiva  - Jul. 27, 2010 
Group A
Uruguay - Paraguay 66-61
Uruguay was better than Paraguay in Day One of the South American Championships. Uruguayans celebrated 66-61 victory jumping to 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Participants of the same pool are also Chile and Brazil. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) paced the winners with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) scored 14, while Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) added 9 pts and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) was on fire with 29 points and he grabbed 14 rebounds beside that. Javier Martinez (189-G-78) stopped on 10 pts. Uruguay was slightly better in the first quarter as they made 15-13 lead. Nothing has changed after that and Uruguay ended the second frame with 14-12 for plus 4 at the half time. Paraguay played good, but they somehow were not able to take control on this game. Mauricio Aguiar and his teammates made 20-19 in Q3 heading to the last ten minutes with plus 5. It was a close game and Paraguay desperately needed a run. However, they were not able to make it and Uruguay celebrated 66-61 win at the end for 1-0 in Group A. In Day Two, Uruguay will meet Brazil. Paraguay will play against Chile.

Brazil - Chile 69-54
Brazil opened the South American Championships in style. Brazilians registered comfortable 69-54 win against Chile for 1-0 record in Group A. Except of Brazil and Chile, participants of the same pool and also Uruguay and Paraguay. Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) shined for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Their second scorer was Jonathan Tavernari (197-G/F-87) with 10 points. In Chile, three players scored 12 points each: Erik Carrasco (181-G-83), Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) and Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83). Brazil took control on their rivals from the very beginning. Brazilians drained 24 points in the first ten minutes, while limiting Chile to 15. Murilo da Rosa and his teammates slowed down in the second frame and they scored just 8 pts, while Chile had 12. Brazil once again shined after the breather creating 19-12 in Q3. It means that Brazil had nice 12-point lead before the last frame. Chile was not able to mount a comeback and actually Brazil increased its lead even more. In Day Two, Brazil will meet Uruguay. Chile will play against Paraguay.

Group B
Colombia - Ecuador 94-46
Colombia demonstrated wonderful performance in Day One in Neiva. The host of South American Championship 2010 destroyed Ecuador 94-46 for 1-0 in Preliminary Group B. Beside these two countries, participants of the same pool are also Venezuela and Argentina. Stalin Ortiz (191-G-81, college: Valparaiso) was the leading player in victory with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, college: UTEP) (5 rebs) and Yader Fernandez (197-F) followed him with 14 and 13 points respectively. In Ecuador, Jose Vicente Diaz (196-F-75) was good with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Eduard Caicedo (196-C-90) netted 10 pts. Colombia had impressive start of this game. Their defense looked amazing, what resulted with just 4 points by Ecuador in the first ten minutes. Colombia drained 26 on the other side and was in full control. They made 20-11 in the second frame and it was clear that Ecuador will not have a chance. Nothing has changed after the breather as Colombia still was the team who dominated. They ended Q3 with 22-14 and the last ten minutes 26-17. At the end, it was huge 94-46 win for Colombia, who gave they fans reason for joy in Day One. In Day Two in Neiva, Colombia will play against Venezuela. Ecuador will meet Argentina.

Venezuela - Argentina 75-72
Venezuela grabbed 75-72 win against Argentina in Day One of the South American Championship in Neiva. These two countries are together with Colombia and Ecuador placed to Preliminary Group B. Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, agency: Paris Global Sports) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points. Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) followed him with 14 points and 5 assists, while Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) added 13 points and 6 boards. On the other side, Argentina got 17 points and 12 rebs from Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83). Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) collected 15 pts and 14 rebs. First quarter was almost leveled. Both teams exchanged in lead and nether of them was able to make it bigger. Still, Argentina was the one who made a minimum lead in this period, 18-19. In the second frame Venezuelans took control on their rivals making 21-14 for 39-33 at the halftime. They continued in the same rhythm in Q3 and Argentina was in trouble. Venezuela had 12-point lead and there was ten minutes left in the game. Argentina didn't give up and they shined in the last quarter 15-24, but that was not enough for victory. In Day Two, Venezuela will take on Colombia. Argentina will meet Ecuador.



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