FIBA Americas: Day 7 – Argentina first to semis

Sep 07, 2011 by Print
Pablo Prigioni - ArgentinaThe favorites kept rolling through the second round at FIBA Americas 2011 in Mar de Plata, Argentina on Tuesday, albeit a couple by lesser margins. In what was a classic shootout between Argentina and Venezuela, the hosts ran away with a 111-93 victory thanks in part to 20 points and 6 assists from Pablo Prigioni of Caja Laboral, who made 6 of his 7 three-pointers. Argentina needed 18-for-28 shooting from long distance and a 32-point final quarter to pull away from Venezuela. The victory made Argentina, with a 6-0 record, the first team in the tournament to qualify for the semifinals on Saturday. Brazil had Tuesday's biggest win, 65-90 over Panama, as Marcelinho Huertas of FC Barcelona Regal dished 6 assists. Puerto Rico edged Canada 79-74 as Carlos Arroyo had 26 points, and Dominican Republic downed Uruguay 76-84 despite 11 points and 7 rebounds from Esteban Batista for the losers.