Venezuela Wins FIBA America 2015 Championships Over Argentina 76-71

Venezuela 76 – 71 Argentina 

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Venezuela made history by winning their first ever FIBA America Championship. They played with tenacious defensive and the offense was almost perfect for a final game. Venezuela held nothing back and their direct ticket to the Rio Olympic is even sweeter with this gold medal.

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Argentina Will Face Venezuela In FIBA America Finals

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Argentina got revenge over Mexico who defeated them earlier and will play in the FIBA America Finals against a surprising Venezuela National Team. With this Final appearance Argentina and Venezuela will receive a direct ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics, the second time in history. Mexico and Canada will match up for the 3rd place game today.

The schedule for today is:

  • Canada vs Mexico – 6:00PM local time
  • Venezuela vs Argentina – 8:30pm local time

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FIBA America Men’s Championship

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Who will be the qualifiers for the 2016 Olympics in Rio for the FIBA Americas Championships. The decision will be made on September 12th. Currently, Mexico and Argentina are undefeated (4-0) and the Argentinians are favorite to win it all.

Group A

  • Mexico
  • Dominican Republic
  • Panama
  • Uruguay
  • Brazil

Group B

  • Argentina
  • Canada
  • Venezuela
  • Puerto Rico
  • Cuba

View this weeks schedule for the second round and knockout stage.

September 8th

  • 12:00 vs Argentina vs Dominican Republic
  • 14:30 vs Venezuela vs Uruguay
  • 18:00 vs Panama vs Puerto Rico
  • 20:30 vs Mexico vs Canada

September 9th

  • 12:00 vs Panama vs Venezuela
  • 14:30 vs Dominican Republic vs Canada
  • 18:00 vs Uruguay vs Puerto Rico
  • 20:30 vs Mexico vs Argentina

September 11th

  • 18:00 Team X/1 Team X/4
  • 20:30 Team X/2 Team X/3

September 12th

  • 18:00 Loser of (37) Loser of (38)
  • 20:30 Winner of (39) Winner of (40)

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Canada Last Squad Standing at FIBA Americas – Earns Ticket To Rio

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Winning on home soil couldn’t feel any better for Team Canada who defeated a tough Cuba 82-66 in Edmonton, Canada at the FIBA Americas Championships. Canada was undefeated throughout the entire tournament and will look forward to Rio next summer.

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Venezuela To Miss NBA Guard Greivis Vasquez In The 2013 FIBA Americas Championship

Greivis Vasquez will miss host country Venezuela’s campaign in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship due to an ankle injury.

Greivis Vasquez will miss host country Venezuela’s campaign in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship due to an ankle injury.

Venezuela is aching to perform well in front of their hometown crowd in the upcoming 2013 FIBA Americas Championships, but they will have to do it without one of their top players.

Greivis Vasquez, who plays for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, announced that he will miss the team’s campaign. The savvy point guard wanted to play for Venezuela badly, but his doctors advised him to rest due to his ailing ankle.

“My ankle is much better and Dr Richard Ferkel told me that I have his permission to begin training on the pick-and-roll, lateral movements and changes in direction. He stressed that I need a gradual recovery to reach my optimum level. I would like to play at the FIBA Americas Championship, it’s a desire that I feel in my heart, but at the same time I understand this is the correct decision I am sure that I will be an important player in the future of the national team of Venezuela,” Vasquez said in a statement.

Losing Vasquez will definitely be a huge blow for the host country, who are eyeing to finish within the top four to earn a spot in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain next year.

Vasquez, who was recently traded to the Sacramento Kings, had a breakout year last NBA season, averaging 13.9 points to go along with nine assists in 78 regular-season games for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Forward Luis Bethelmy admitted that will have a tough road ahead of them, but he is confident that they will do well as long as they can utilize their speed to address their size issues.

“This team is going to be quick because we have problems on height. We need to leverage the speed of the eaves and also that everyone can run the floor. This is the year that I felt more motivated in the selection,” Bethelmy said.

Venezuela, who will be playing in Group B, will kick off their campaign against Mexico on Friday. The 2014 FIBA Americas Championship will run until September 11th in Caracas.