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.

Dominican Republic Snags 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup Spot With 86-78 Win Over Uruguay

jack martinez 2The Dominican Republic sustained their momentum on Sunday as they cruised to an 86-78 victory over Uruguay in the final day of the second round of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship for Men in Venezuela.

With everything to lose against a team out of contention for the World Cup spot, Dominican Republic kept their composure and controlled the tempo for the majority of the match.

Uruguay had their chances to steal one from the red-hot Dominicana when they took a 23-17 lead in the second quarter, but they faded right after that point. Dominican Republic unleashed a huge 13-2 run to take a 30-25 lead.

Uruguay managed to tie the game several times, but Dominican Republic looked very determined to earn a ticket to Spain next year. The two teams traded baskets after baskets in the final period, but Dominican Republic had the better of that exchange, building a 78-68 lead en route to the huge victory.

The win helped the Dominican Republic advance to the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Americas, which also gave them one of the four tickets to the Basketball World Cup next year.

Jack Martinez was the star of the night for Dominican Republic as he posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. James Feldeine scored 14 points, while Eloy Vargas and Eulis Baes added 13 points and seven rebounds each for Dominican Republic.

Esteban Batista had 22 points and 13 rebounds, but it was not enough to help Uruguay end the tournament on a winning note.

The full statistics of the Uruguay – Dominican Republic match is available on FIBA Live Stats.

Jamaica Escapes With 78-76 Win To Eliminate Brazil In 2013 FIBA Americas Championship

jamaica podtJamaica will advance to the second round after escaping with a huge 78-76 win over Brazil in their pulsating showdown on Tuesday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

Fighting for the last ticket to the second round of the 2013 FIBA Americas, Brazil and Jamaica went toe-to-toe for the entire match, trading leads and runs throughout the game.

Jamaica ended the first half with a three-point lead, but Brazil came out stronger in the second half. The Brazilians started the third period with a 6-0 run to take a 42-39 lead in the 7:43 mark of the match.

Brazil led by as much as 10 points, 59-49, with 1:51 left in the third quarter before Jamaica decreased it to six points heading into the final period.

The two teams then traded crucial baskets in the final period. Veteran Marcelo Huertas put Brazil ahead 76-74 with 1:13 left to play in the game, but he fouled Akeem Scott in the ensuing possession. Smith made both free throws to tie the game at 76 with only 46 seconds left in the match.

Scott converted two cold-blooded free-throws when he was fouled with only five seconds left in the game. Vitor Benite had a chance to tie the game for Brazil, but he missed the potential game-tying basket, ending their hopes of earning a ticket to next year’s World Cup in Spain.

Samardo Samuels, who played in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, led Jamaica with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Weyinmi Rose and Durand Scott added 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Jamaica finished the preliminary round with a 1-3 record, which is good for fourth spot in Group A. On the other hand, Brazil, who missed several key players like Anderson Varejao and Tiago Splitter, ended up winless in four games.

You can check the official FIBA Box Score for complete stats and summary of the pulsating showdown between Brazil and Jamaica.

Dominican Republic Routs Paraguay 83-54 In Power Outage Hit Match

dominican postThe Dominican Republic booked the final Group B ticket to the second round after scoring a dominating 83-54 victory over Paraguay in the final day of the 2013 FIBA Americas preliminary rounds on Tuesday in Caracas, Venezuela.

The Dominican Republic were comfortably ahead and headed to a blowout victory before a power outage forced the suspension of the match with 4:23 left to play. The officials eventually decided to end the match after the power was not restored, giving the victory to Dominicana, who were in control for the entire match.

With a ticket to the next round on the line, Dominican Republic did not give a chance to the winless Paraguayan squad as they quickly jumped on the gun and took a 26-9 lead after the first period. They led by as much as 29 points in the second period and never looked back to take their second win in four games.

Karl Towns led Dominican Republic with 16 points and four rebounds, while Elpidio Fortuna added 12 points and four boards. Juan Coronado and Edward Santana 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Dominican Republic, which shot an impressive 48 percent from the field.

Guillermo Araujo had another solid night for Paraguay with 26 points in 29 minutes, while Ramon Sanchez added 12 points, but this two-man effort was not enough to give Paraguay their first win in the qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next year.

Complete statistics of the Dominican Republic – Paraguay match is available on FIBA Live Stats.

Uruguay Puts Brazil On Brink Of Elimination With 79-73 In 2013 FIBA Americas

batista postBrazil head into the tournament with a lot of hopes but they are now on the verge of getting eliminated in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship For Men after absorbing their third-straight defeat.

Uruguay withstood several comeback attempts and held on to a huge 79-73 win over Brazil in the second to the last day of preliminary round actions in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifying tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.

Esteban Batista rose to occasion for Uruguay as he finished with 22 points, while also adding 13 rebounds and two steals for Venezuela, who kept the Brazilians at bay for almost the entire match.

Brazil took a 4-2 lead at the 8:31 mark of the first period, but Uruguay wrestled control from that point, taking the lead one minute later and never let the Brazilians get a taste of the lead again for the entire match.

Uruguay almost succumbed to the pressure in the final period though. After taking an 11-point lead with only 9:21 left to play in the game, Brazil pulled within one point, 63-62, in the 5:37 mark of the game.

Good thing for them, they were able to regroup quickly and unleashed an 8-0 run to get a lot of breathing room and held on to the hard-earned victory, which is their second win in three games.

Leandro Garcia also had a productive night for Uruguay with 16 points to go along with six rebounds, while Nicolas Mazzarino added 14 points.

With the win, Uruguay solidified their grip on the third spot in Group A behind Puerto Rico and Canada, while Brazil dropped to 0-3 – tied for the last spot in their group.

Uruguay will face Canada on Tuesday with the winner taking the second spot in the group, while Brazil and Jamaica will collide for fourth and final ticket to the second round of the tournament.

The complete stats of Uruguay – Brazil match is available on FIBA Live Stats.

Mexico Improves To 3-0 In 2013 FIBA Americas With 85-61 Win Over Dominican Republic

gustavo ayon postMexico continues to impress after cruising with an 85-61 victory over Dominican Republic for their third win in as many games in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Orlando Mendez was nearly unstoppable as he finished with 27 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field, including a 4-for-7 clip from beyond the arc, while also keeping his teammates involved, dishing out five dimes.

Gustavo Ayon had another solid night with 16 points to go along with eight rebounds and two blocks, while Jorge Gutierrez added 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists for Mexico.

Mexico jumped on the gun quickly in the opening period, building a 17-7 lead in the first five minutes of the match. Dominican Republic had their moments in the opening half, but Mexico went into the locker room with a comfortable 45-31 advantage.

The second half followed the same storyline as Mexico halted several comeback attempts of Dominican Republic, who pulled within nine points at the beginning of the fourth period before Mexico pulled away anew en route to the blowout victory.

Mexico shot an impressive 54 percent clip from the field compared to just 36 percent of Dominican Republic. The Mexicans also dominated the boards with 37 rebounds, 14 more than the rebounding output of Dominican Republic.

Jack Martinez tallied 16 points and seven rebounds, Francisco Garcia added 14 points, while Eulis Baez added 11 points and six rebounds for Dominican Republic in a losing effort.

With the win, Mexico remained on top of Group B with a 3-0 record, while Dominican Republic dropped to third with their 1-2 card heading into the final day of preliminary round of the qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.

Puerto Rico Remains Undefeated in 2013 FIBA Americas With 93-69 Win Over Uruguay

 Renaldo Balkman was a source of strength and energy once again as he racked up 18 points and eight rebounds to go along with four steals in their 93-69 win over Uruguay in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Renaldo Balkman was a source of strength and energy for Puerto Rico once again as he racked up 18 points and eight rebounds to go along with four steals in their 93-69 win over Uruguay in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Puerto Rico remained unscathed in three games after destroying Uruguay, 93-69, in the third day of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

Carlos Arroyo, who is coming from a 20-point performance in their 83-67 win over Canada on Saturday, scored 19 points on 6-for-11 shooting from the field, including an impressive 5-for-6 clip from the three-point region.

Arroyo, a veteran of major international tournaments, also kept his teammates involved, dishing out eight dimes, while also tallying three steals.

Alexander Galindo also had a share of the spotlight with 19 points that was highlighted by his 6-for-10 shooting from beyond-the-arc, while Renaldo Balkman was a source of strength and energy once again as he racked up 18 points and eight rebounds to go along with four steals.

Uruguay, who defeated Jamaica in their tournament debut on Saturday night, had a strong start and led 12-8 in the 6:17 mark of the first period. However, Puerto Rico shifted to next gear and turned the tables around into their favor, building a 29-18 lead heading into the second quarter.

Puerto Rico outscored Uruguay 23-14 in the second period to put themselves comfortably ahead 52-32 at the half. It was all Puerto Rico from then on as they led by as much as 27 points in the second half, running away with their third-straight win in three games and three nights.

Leandro Garcia had 17 points and three assists, while Mathias Calfani added 14 points for Uruguay, which dropped to third spot in Group A with their 1-1 record behind Puerto Rico and Canada (2-1).

Puerto Rico will go for their fourth-straight win when they go up against Jamaica on Monday night, while Uruguay will face off with Brazil in the third game of the day.

Check the full stats of the Puerto Rico – Uruguay match on the official box score from FIBA.

2013 FIBA Americas Championship Day Three Results
September 1, 2013 – Caracas, Venezuela