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Day Three: Semifinals are set - Jun 24, 2011

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Group A
Mexico - Canada 56-88
Canada registered second win at the U16 FIBA Americas championship in Cancun. They handed 88-56 loss to Mexico taking the second place in Group A. It means that Canada advanced to Semifinals, where they will meet USA. Mexico ended as the last ranked team in this group (0-3). Patrick Steeves (95) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds in victory. Kevin-Mbezela Zabo (186-G) also had 16 points, while Tyrell Bellot-Green (96) added 15 points and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Jose Hermosillo (95) collected 11 points and 7 rebs. Omar De Hato also scored 11 pts.
Canada took control on Mexico from the very beginning. They made 12-25 record and managed to keep plus 12 until the halftime. Canada was better team in the second half as well (14-22, 15-27) winning this game with comfortable 56-88. Semifinals will be played today.

Puerto Rico - Chile 80-55
Puerto Rico finished Preliminary Round in Cancun with perfect 3-0. They cruised past Chile 80-55 winning the first place in Group A. Puerto Rico will meet Argentina in the Semifinals. On the other side, Chile failed to reach the next stage ending as No.3 in this group with 1-2 record. Miguel Cartagena (186-G-95) once again was the leading player in victory. This time he scored 26 points. Bryan Rodriguez (186-G-95) scored 12 and Ariel Watson (95) had 10 pts, plus 6 rebounds. In Chile, Matias Sepulveda (96) collected 16 points and 5 rebs, while Eugenio Luzcando (95) stopped to 12 pts. Puerto Rico was way better team in the first half. They made 2109 in Q1 and continued with 23-10 after that. After 20 minutes of game question about the winner was already resolved and second half was just the formality. Semifinals will be played today.

Group B
Brazil - Argentina 77-85
It was a do-or-die game for both teams. Argentina was better than Brazil 85-77 winning the second place in Group B. Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Argentina ended as No.2 and booked a spot for the Semifinals. Brazil (No.3) will continue in Classification Round. Gabriel Deck (195-F-95) exploded with 23 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Lucio Reinaudi (95) had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Jonathan Sacco (95) added 11 pts, plus 6 rebs. In Brazil, Fernando Stafleu (95) top-scored with 22 pts. Luis Ricci (95) had 19 pts and 5 assists, while Humberto Gomes (96) added 12 pts.
First half ended with 34-34 tie. Argentina took control on Brazil after that making plus 10 in third period. They Brazil threatened in the last quarter, but Argenrina managed to keep its lead and to book a spot for the Semifinals. Championship continues today.

Costa Rica - USA 46-118
As expected, USA destroyed Costa Rica registering third straight victory in Cancun. USA ended as No.1 of Group B and will meet Canada in the Semifinals. Costa Rico finished as the last ranked team in this group with 0-3 score. They will continue in Classification Round. Conner Frankamp (96) came up with 22 points and 9 assists for the winners. Aaron Gordon (96) also was great and he was very close to reach triple-double: 18 pts, 18 rebs, 9 as. Kendrick Nunn (96) helped with 12 pts. In Costa Rica, Milton Jimenez (95) shined with 28 points. Henry Sanchez (95) netted 11 pts. USA was simply too strong for their rival during the entire game. Quarters: 0-19, 7-40, 25-30, 14-29. The championship continues today.


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FIBA Americas U16 Final Standings
 1. USA
 2. Canada
 3. P.Rico
 4. Argentina
 5. Dominican R.
 6. Mexico
 7. Venezuela
 8. Paraguay

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