FIBA Americas: Day 9 – Semifinals are set!

Sep 09, 2011 by Print
Marcelinho Huertas - Brazil (Photo: FIBA)The semifinals matchups at FIBA Americas 2011 are set following the last games of the Quarterfinal Round on Thursday. Defending champion Brazil finished in first place with a 6-1 record after stopping Puerto Rico 72-94 with Marcelinho Huertas of FC Regal Barcelona once again running the show for the winners. He had 9 points and 3 assists, making both his three-point shot attempts, in 26 minutes. Former All-Euroleague player Tiago Splitter had 17 points in 20 minutes for Brazil, while Marcus Vieira led all scorers with 18 points. Brazil will face Dominican Republic in Saturday's semifinals. Argentina finished second after thrashing Dominican Republic 84-58 to also post a 6-1 group record. Brazil's win over Argentina broke their tie for first place. Former All-Euroleague players Luis Scola and Manu Ginobili had 25 and 17 points, respectively, for the winners, while Pablo Prigioni of Caja Laboral dished 6 assists. Argentina faces Puerto Rico in Saturday's other semifinal. The winners of those semifinals advance to the 2012 London Olympic Games. The losers go to the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, from which three of 12 teams will advance to London. One team already ticketed for that qualifying tournament next summer is Venezuela, which topped Uruguay 92-80 on Thursday to finish in fifth place. In the other Thursday result, Panama got its first win of the round, 91-89 over Canada.