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.

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