FIBA Americas: Day 8 – Semifinalists decided

Sep 08, 2011 by Print
Marcelinho Huertas – Brazil ( third games of the second round at FIBA Americas 2011 on Wednesday gave the tournament the rest of its semifinalists after host Argentina had advanced earlier. Defending champion Brazil made a major move by knocking off previously undefeated Argentina 73-71 in a thriller. The victory let Brazil tie Argentina in the group standings at 5-1, a record they share with Puerto Rico, too. Marcelinho Huertas of FC Barcelona Regal played 39 minutes and led Brazil to victory with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Brazil did it with defense, holding Argentina under 20 points in each of the first three quarters while taking a 53-47 lead into the last one. Despite 13 points and 5 assists from Pablo Prigioni of Caja Laboral, Argentina could not make up all the difference before the buzzer. Puerto Rico made advancing look easy by cruising past Dominican Republic 62-79 as Alexander Galindo scored 16 points and Jose Barea 14. Despite the loss, Dominican Republic has a 4-2 record and will be the fourth semifinalist. Venezuela dealt with winless Panama just as easily, rolling to a 110-74 victory as Greivis Vasquez had 24 points, 8 assists. Venezuela improved to 2-4, as did Canada, a 70-68 winner over Uruguay. Jermaine Anderson of KK Buducnost contributed 8 points to Canada's victory, while Esteban Batista of Anadolu Efes had 8 rebounds for Uruguay. The semifinalists, whose matchups must be decided by the last group games on Thursday, will play Saturday for a place in the 2012 London Olympics. The losers of the semis and the winner of a fifth-place game will reach next summer's 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, from which three of 12 teams will advance to London.