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Brazil Secures Bronze Medal, Earns Ticket To The 2014 FIBA World Cup In Turkey

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Brazil failed to defend the title but they secured a spot to the 2014 FIBA World Cup after grabbing the bronze medal in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

The Brazilians, which bagged the gold in the 2009 and 2011 editions of FIBA America, scored a hard-earned 66-56 victory over Puerto Rico in the bronze medal match.

Coming from a painful defeat to Cuba in the semifinals, Brazil had a slow start but they still managed to take a precarious 19-18 lead at the end of the first period.

After a slow start, the Brazilians shifted to next gear in the second period to take control of the game with a commanding 38-28 lead heading into the break.

Brazil controlled the pace of the game in the second half and kept the Puerto Rican squad at bay. Puerto Rico had several comeback attempts, but the Brazilians halted all of it en route to the victory.

Tatiane Pacheco had an outstanding night as she finished with 18 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists, while Clarissa Dos Santos had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds for Brazil.

Jazmine Sepulveda, on the other hand, led the Puerto Rican squad with 21 points and eight rebounds, while Ashley Prim and Carla Cortijo added 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Brazil’s tormentor in the semifinals, Cuba, bagged the gold medal in the tournament with a 79-71 victory over Canada in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship finale.

Cuba, Canada, and Brazil all booked a ticket to next year’s FIBA World Cup that will be staged in Turkey.

Brazil Suffers 72-68 Upset Loss Against Cuba In 2013 FIBA Americas Championship For Women

brazil cubaBrazil started the tournament with a lot of promise and showed why they were considered as the team to beat by dominating their opponents in the first round, but they will go home without the title they won in the last two editions of FIBA Americas.

The Brazilians failed to defend their title as they absorbed a painful 72-68 loss against Cuba on Thursday in the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Xalapa, Mexico.

Cuba stunned the Brazilians with a strong start as they quickly built a 14-4 lead in the first six minutes of the match and ended the first quarter with a 22-15 lead.

The Cuban squad kept the momentum on their side as they dominated their Brazilian counterparts on both ends of the floor to build a commanding 40-21 advantage at the half.

But as expected, the Brazilians will not go down without giving a good fight as they entered the second half with fire on their eyes, dominating the third period to trim the lead down to six points, 55-49, heading into the final period of the match.

Brazil pressured Cuba in the final period, but the Cubans displayed tremendous composure, halting several comeback attempts from the Brazilians en route to the thrilling victory.

Clenia Noblet finished with a double-double, racking up 18 points to go along with 12 points, while Leidys Oquendo added17 points. Oyanaisy Gelis had 13 points, while Marlen Cepeda posted 10 points and 13 rebounds for Cuba, which dominated the battle of the boards, 40-27.

Cuba will battle Canada for the gold medal, while Brazil will look to salvage some pride in the bronze medal match against Puerto Rico.

Brazil Completes 2013 FIBA Americas First Round Sweep With 97-45 Rout Of Mexico

Brazil postBrazil have already clinched the top spot in Group A and a spot in the semifinals, but they did not slow down in the final day of the first round of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

The defending champions displayed their deadly form anew as they scored an impressive 97-45 romp host Mexico on Wednesday night in Xalapa, Mexico.

Egged on by the partisan crowd in Xalapa, the Mexicans had a promising start but Brazil quickly got into their rhythm and build a 23-14 lead after the first period.

The Brazilian squad then stepped on the gas on the defensive end of the floor in the second period, tallying total of seven steals and had 17 fastbreak points. Brazil led by as much as 17 points before ending the half with a 48-32 advantage.

The second half followed the same storyline as the first half as Brazil continued to pound on the Mexicans on both ends of the floor en route to the dominating 52-point victory.

Patricia Texeira led five double-digit scorers for Brazil with 15 points to go along with five assists, Tatiane Pacheco added 14 points. Damiris Dantas Do Amaral and Nadia Gomes Colhado added 12 points apiece, while Clarissa Dos Santos had a double-double performance with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Brazil, which ruled the last two editions of the FIBA Americas, will look to advance to the finals when they take on Cuba in the semifinals on Friday. Canada, which also went undefeated in their first four games this season, will face Puerto Rico in the other semi-final pairing.

Brazil Defeats Argentina 69-60 To Reach 2013 FIBA Americas For Women Semifinals

BrazilBrazil formalized their entry into the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Americas For Women after winning their third-straight win as many games in the tournament currently being held in Mexico.

The Brazilian squad moved closer to successfully defending their title after escaping with a hard-earned 69-60 win over Argentina on Wednesday night in Xalapa, Mexico.

In a rematch of the finals of the past two editions of the FIBA Americas for Women, the defending champions started out strong with a 10-3 run, but Argentina countered with their own 9-3 blast to end the first period with a 19-18 lead.

Brazil took control in the second period anew as they took a 33-27 lead heading into the half-time break. The break did not slow them down as the increased their lead to nine points, 54-45, heading into the final period.

In the final period, Argentina stunned the Brazilians as they got into their groove. The Argentineans unleashed a 12-2 rally to take a one-point lead, 57-56 – their first taste of the lead in the second half. However, Brazil answered back and kept their opponents at bay en route to the 69-60 win.

Damiris Dantas Do Amaral had a double-double performance with 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Karla Cristina Martins Da Costa and Clarissa Cristina Dos Santos added 13 and 12 points apiece.

With the win, Brazil clinched the first spot in Group A and will go up either against Canada or Cuba in the semifinals. Argentina, on the other hand, will wait and see how the final day will transpire to know their fate in this year’s tournament.

Brazil Starts FIBA Americas Championship For Women 2013 With Two-Straight Wins

brazil womenBrazil started their title defense in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women with two-straight resounding victories in the first two days of the tournament.

In the tournament-opener on Saturday, the defending champions scored an emphatic 91-54 victory over Puerto Rico to jump start their three-peat bid on a high note.

Clarissa Dos Santos was an unstoppable force for Brazil as she finished with 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting from the field, while also racking up eight rebounds, three assists, and three steals.

Adriana Pinto and Damiris Dantas Do Amaral also had a share of the spotlight for Brazil as they added 15 points apiece, while Tatiane Nascimiento added 12 points.

Their impressive opener was followed by another stellar performance, this time against a hapless Dominican Republic, which was trumped by the Brazilians, 107-43, on Sunday.

Nadia Colhado sparked the Brazilians this time as he finished with 17 points to go along with 14 rebounds and three assists, while Nascimiento posted 15 points. Dos Santos added 13 points and eight boards, while Patricia Da Paixao chipped in 11 points.

Brazil imposed their will on the rebounding department, grabbing a total of 49 boards compared to just 25 of the Dominicans, while also winning the assists battle with 27-8 dimes margin.

Brazil will look to make it three-in-a-row and solidify their semifinal hopes when they go up against familiar foe Argentina today in the third game of day four action of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Women.

Mexico Escapes With 91-89 Win Over Puerto Rico To Become 2013 FIBA Americas Champions

Mexico postMexico completed a Cinderella run after grabbing the gold medal in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship with a close 91-89 win over Puerto Rico in a thrilling finale in Caracas, Venezuela.

It was a roller-coaster ride for both teams as they traded leads and runs for the entire match. Mexico took control in the first period, taking a 26-18 lead with a strong start, but Puerto Rico bounced back in the second half, trimming the lead down to three points at the half.

Gaining momentum from their strong second-quarter performance, Puerto Rico turned the game around in the final two minutes of the third period to head into the final period with a 71-66 lead.

The two teams went toe-to-toe in the final period of the match. Carlos Arroyo gave Puerto Rico a precarious 88-86 lead with only 1:21 left to play in the match, but Juan Gutierrez tied the game for Mexico with two cold-blooded free-throw conversions.

Lorenzo Mata then broke the deadlock with two free-throws after being fouled by Puerto Rico’s John Holland. However, Mata fouled Daniel Santiago in the ensuing play, but the latter missed one of his two shots from the charity stripes.

Starting at a one-point deficit, Puerto Rico had a chance to snatch the lead when Renaldo Balkman stole the ball, but Arroyo turned the ball over to Mexico with a costly turnover.

Puerto Rico fouled Paul Stoll, who missed the second free throw, but the Puerto Ricans failed to capitalize as Alexander Galindo missed the potential game-winning three-pointer.

Jovan Harris led Mexico with 23 points on 10-for-18 shooting, while Gustavo Ayon had another monstrous performance with 20 points and 16 rebounds to go along with three assists and two blocks. Mata also posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards for Mexico.

The win completed an unprecedented run for Mexico, who was not supposed to play in the tournament. The Mexicans were just named as substitute after Panama was banned by the association.

View the complete box score of the 2013 FIBA Americas finals match between Puerto Rico and Mexico here.

Argentina Bags Bronze Medal In 2013 FIBA Americas With 103-93 Win Over Dominican Republic

scola campazzo postArgentina failed to defend half to halt several runs from Dominican Republic to escape with a hard-earned 103-93 win in the bronze-medal match on Wednesday night in Caracas.

Facundo Campazzo saved the best for last as he finished with 31 points to go along with 11 assists and four rebounds, while veteran power forward Luis Scola racked up 23 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for Argentina, which shot an impressive 60 percent from the field.

Juan Gutierrez also had a productive night with 17 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists, while Selim Safar and Marcos Delia added and 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Argentina took control in the opening period that ended with them on top 26-20 and then opened the second period with a 9-4 blast to build a 35-24 lead. However, Dominican Republic countered with a 10-0 run of their own to get back into the game, forcing a 45-45 standoff at the half.

The half-time break worked wonders for Argentina as they quickly regained control of the match. But unlike in the first half, the Argentines took care of their lead and resisted several comeback attempts from the Dominicans to score the win that bagged them the bronze medal.

James Martinez had a terrific performance in a losing effort for Dominican Republic as he finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds, while Edgar Sosa led the team in scoring with 20 points. Juan Coronado added 16 points and James Feldeine chipped in 14 points, but it was not enough to help Dominican Republic snatch the bronze.

Click here for the complete box score of the bronze medal match between Argentina and Dominican Republic.

Mexico Edges Argentina 76-70 To Advance To 2013 FIBA Americas Finals

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Mexico booked the first ticket to the finals of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship after scoring a remarkable win over defending champions Argentina in the semifinals on Tuesday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

Mexico leaned on a strong start and kept their composure down the stretch to escape with a hard-earned 76-70 over Argentina, earning a spot in the finals – a scenario that was not expected by analysts heading into the tournament.

The Mexicans played like a well-oiled machine in the first period that ended with them on top 20-14, but Argentina bounced back big time in the second period to take a 37-33 lead at the half.

The Argentines controlled the pace of the game in the third period and kept the Mexican at bay, taking a 58-53 lead heading into the final ten minutes of the match.

The defending champions were still ahead 62-55 with almost seven minutes left in the game, but Mexican unleashed a decisive run, outscoring Argentina, 21-8, in the final seven minutes of the match en route to the win.

Gustavo Ayon was an unstoppable force on Tuesday night as he dominated with 24 points and 12 rebounds to go along with three assists in two steals, while Lorenzo Mata and Hector Hernandez added nine points apiece with the latter grabbing ten rebounds.

Mexico won the rebounding battle, 38-27, while also dominating inside the paint with 40 points in the paint compared to 28 of Argentina, which also allowed the Mexicans to tally 13 second-chance points.

Luis Scola led Argentina with 18 points and eight rebounds to go with five assists, while Facundo Campazzo and Selem Safar added 14 and 11 points, respectively.

Click here to view the complete box score of the Mexico – Argentina match from FIBA Live Stats.

World Cup Qualifiers Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, And Dominican Republic Return To Action In 2013 FIBA Americas Semis

mexico postThe representatives of America in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain were already finalized, but the four qualifiers are expected to go all out for pride and glory when they return to action today.

Mexico will look to have a shot at the gold medal when they collide with Argentina, followed by the expected slam-bang affair between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Mexico finished on top of the pack after two rounds of actions, securing the first of the four spots at stake in this year’s FIBA Americas Championship. The Mexicans formalized their entry to the 2014 World Cup with emphatic 66-59 win over Puerto Rico last Saturday.

“We came with a clear objective to raise our level of play, mainly because Mexico does not have a background in basketball. But it is true that the wins over Dominican Republic and Venezuela and made us believe we could compete on equal footing with the other teams,” said Sergio Valdeolmillos after their victory.

The Dominican Republic ended up second in the standings after completing a Cinderella run in the second round, which was punctuated by an 86-78 win over Uruguay, completing a sweep of their second-round assignments.

“We are very excited about qualifying to the World Cup. Our entire group and the federation of our country is very happy to have met the goal and now have a ticket to Spain. I am proud because both the players and the leadership trusted me in giving me this opportunity,” said Orlando Antigua, whose country will be appearing in the worlds for the first time since 1978.

Puerto Rico and Argentina, two of the top favorites before the tournament started ended up third and fourth in the standings, respectively, but all is not lost for them as they are expected to go all out in their bid to advance to the finals of the 2013 FIBA Americas.

Argentina is the defending FIBA Americas champions, but they are playing in the tournament without several established stars like Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, Pablo Prigiini, and Carlos Delfino.