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11:36AM, Wed 16 September 2009

PUR/BRA - Official site of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Women launched:


GENEVA/SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Women) - FIBA Americas, in cooperation with FIBA, would like to announce the launching of brazil2009.fibaamericas.com, the official website for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Women to be held in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso, Brazil from September 23-27.

brazil2009.fibaamericas.com will have all the details about the event who qualifies the best three teams for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women. This website will have live stats, news, photos, interviews, reports and previews. You can also follow your favorite team and players with stats, news and pictures during the event.

The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Women will be played at Aecim Tocantins Arena and will have eight of the best national teams in America.

The eight participants were divided into two groups of four teams each. Group A has Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Group B features Argentina, Chile, Cuba and Venezuela.

FIBA Americas organizes this event every two years and are qualifiers for Olympics and FIBA World Championships.

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03:04PM, Tue 4 August 2009

Vaqueros win BSN championship:


BAYAMON - Vaqueros de Bayamón won the BSN championship after beating Piratas de Quebradillas 84-82. Bayamon won the finals in six games (4-2).

Quebradillas led most of the game, but Vaqueros reacted at the end of the third quarter and at the start of the final period to make an 11-2 run that closed the game 71-67 with 8:01 left. The bench was key in the rally and the starters entered at the middle of the quarter, led by Carmelo Lee with three baskets from long range, to give them an 80-79 lead with 2:02.

After a tie at 82, Daniel Santiago made a free throw and Javier Mojica another with 11.1 to leave the score 84-82.

In the final quarter David Huertas missed a three pointer and Vaqueros recovered to celebrate their fourteenth title and their first since 1996.

Christian Dalmau was the MVP of the series as he netted 12 points. In the finals he averaged 15.5 points per game.

Carmelo Antrone Lee led with 17 points, 9 of them in the final quarter and Olumide Oyedeji had 14.

In the loss Peter John Ramos had 24 points and Joel Jones Camacho 21.

Piratas started the game with a 7-0 run but Vaqueros tied it with a 7-0 rally. The first ten minutes finished 23-22 in favor of Piratas.

The offense by Peter John Ramos, Shawn Redhage and Joel Jones kept Piratas with the lead in the second quarter, finishing up 44-39. Jones had 13 points and Ramos 12 at the half. Oyedeji netted 10 for Vaqueros.

Quebradillas kept their intensity during the third quarter with long range baskets and penetrations. A basket by Redhage gave them a 69-56 lead with 15 seconds but Guayacan Santiago made a three pointer to leave the score 69-59 and start the 11-2 run.

Julio Toro won his twelfth title as a coach and Orlando "Guayacán" Santiago his seventh as a player (6 with Santurce).

BSN Finals results:

1. Bayamón 75 vs. Quebradillas 77
2. Quebradillas 73 vs. Bayamón 79
3. Bayamón 89 vs. Quebradillas 92
4. Quebradillas 73 vs. Bayamón 94
5. Bayamón 94 vs. Quebradillas 71
6. Quebradillas 82 vs. Bayamón 84

Championships won:

Vaqueros de Bayamón (14): 1933, 1935, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1988, 1995, 1996 and 2009.
Atléticos de San Germán (14): 1932, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1942-1943, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1985, 1991, 1994 and 1997.
Leones de Ponce (12): 1952, 1954, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1990, 1992, 1993, 2002 and 2004.

Leaders in wins and losses:

Leones de Ponce: 1,080-622
Vaqueros de Bayamón: 1,024-649
Atléticos de San Germán: 983-843

Julio Toro (12 titles):

Mets de Guaynabo (3): 1980, 1982 and 1989.
Indios de Canóvanas (1): 1984.
Leones de Ponce (2): 1992 and 1993.
Cangrejeros de Santurce (5): 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
Vaqueros de Bayamón (1): 2009.

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04:22PM, Tue 23 June 2009

Arecibo dominates Bayamon to stay in first place:


BAYAMÓN - Capitanes de Arecibo dominated Vaqueros de Bayamón 95-73 to stay in first place of Baloncesto Superior Nacional in Puerto Rico.

Arecibo has won 15 of their last 16 games and have a 20-6 record to have a one game lead over Piratas de Quebradillas.

The game was close until Capitanes made a 10-1 run to take a an 18-12 lead and finish up 22-18. Wilfredo Pagan had 7 points for Capitanes.

The second quarter was for Arecibo 36-13 to finish the first half up 58-31. Angel "Buster" Figueroa had 18 points and Pagan 16 for Arecibo in the first half.

Capitanes dominated the rest of the game thanks to their depth and efficiency from long range. Bayamon had problems handling the ball against Capitanes defensive pressure and at the same time they had a poor shot selection.

Buster Figueroa finished with 26 points while Wilfredo Pagan and David Cortes netted 16 each. Nathan Peavy led Bayamon with 16 points.

Standings:

1. Capitanes Arecibo 21-6
2. Piratas Quebradillas 20-7
3. Cangrejeros Santurce 19-8
4. Vaqueros Bayamón 18-9
5. Gigantes Carolina 15-13
6. Atléticos San Germán 14-13
7. Indios Mayagüez-Cabo Rojo 13-14
8. Leones Ponce 11-16

9. Conquistadores Guaynabo 7-20
10. Criollos Caguas 7-20
11. Grises Humacao 4-23

The regular season ends on Saturday, June 27 and the eight teams that made the playoffs are defined.

Quarterfinals:

Group A: 1-4-5-8
Group B: 2-3-6-7

*The teams play twice against each other in the group for a total of six games (3 home and 3 away)
*The semifinals are 1A vs 2B and 1B vs 2A and are a best of seven. The winners reach the finals which also are a best of seven.

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03:57AM, Wed 17 June 2009

Official website of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship launched:

Ten players named for Puerto Rican National Team:
GENEVA/SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – FIBA Americas, in cooperation with FIBA, would like to announce the launching of puertorico2009.fibaamericas.com, the official website for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from August 26 to September 6.

Puertorico2009.fibaamericas.com will have all the details about the event who qualifies the best four teams for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. This website will have live stats, news, photos, interviews, reports and previews. You can also follow your favorite team and players with stats, news and picture during the event.

The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship will be played at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan and will have the ten of the best national teams in America.

The participants are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela.

FIBA Americas organizes this event every two years and are qualifiers for Olympics and FIBA World Championships. This tournament, which is a World Championship qualifier, was celebrated for the last time in 2005 in the Dominican Republic where Brazil won gold by beating Argentina in the finals.

The Local Organizing Committee will announce the ticket sale information soon.

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03:56PM, Tue 16 June 2009

Puerto Rico to warm up with the Dominican Republic:

Puerto Rican team already in Bamberg:
PONCE (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – The Puerto Rican national team will open their warm up schedule prior to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship by playing a series of games against the Dominican Republic. Both countries will be exchanging visits prior to the FIBA Americas Championship informed Puerto Rican national team General Manager, Agustin Diaz.

Puerto Rico will visit the Dominican Republic on July 24-26 and it is expected to be played in Puerto Plata. Then the Dominicans will visit Puerto Rico on August 7-9 and those games will be played at Coliseo Roberto Clemente, home of the FIBA Americas Championship.

The Dominican Republic will have NBA players like Charlie Villanueva, Al Horford, Francisco García and Trevor Ariza in their team as they hope to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

"We want to play some games with the Dominican Republic because we know that they will be one of the strongest teams in the tournament," said Diaz to FIBA Americas.

Also the Puerto Rican team received an invitation to play in Venezuela from August 11-13 where also the Dominican Republic, Mexico and the host will play. They will announce soon if they accepted the invitation.

Their strongest warm up is at the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup to be played from August 18-20 at Coliseo de Puerto Rico along with Argentina, Brazil and Canada.

After the Tuto Marchand Cup, Puerto Rico expects to play a couple of more games against Argentina and Brazil prior to the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan.

Puerto Rico will defend their country with players like Carlos Arroyo, José Juan Barea, Ángel Daniel Vassallo, Peter John Ramos, Ángelo Reyes, Larry Ayuso, among others.

"The initial calling for the pre selection will be of 25 to 30 players, including some who will play in the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand," said Diaz.

The practices are expected to start on July 7.

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11:47AM, Wed 10 June 2009

Draw of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship held in San Juan:


SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – FIBA Americas, in cooperation with the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation, hosted the draw of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship will be played at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Ten of the best national teams will be and the top four qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.

Please find below the result of the draw, as well as the complete event schedule.

Composition of Groups:

Group A: Canada, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Mexico

Group B: Brazil, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba

Event schedule:

Preliminary Round:

 

August 26:

 

US Virgin Island vs. Uruguay   

Venezuela vs. Argentina
Mexico vs. Puerto Rico  

Dominican Rep vs. Brazil

Free/Libre: Canada and Cuba  
         
August 27:

 

Canada vs. Mexico   

Cuba vs. Dominican Rep
Puerto Rico vs. US Virgin Island  

Brazil vs. Venezuela
 

Free/Libre Uruguay and Argentina  
         
August 28:

 

Uruguay vs. Puerto Rico  

Argentina  vs. Brazil
US Virgin Island vs. Canada  

Venezuela vs. Cuba
 

Free/Libre Mexico and Dominican Rep  
         
August 29:

 

Mexico vs. US Virgin Island  

Dominican Rep vs. Venezuela
Canada vs. Uruguay   

Cuba vs. Argentina
 Free/Libre Puerto Rico and Brazil  
         
August 30:

Puerto Rico vs. Canada  

Brazil vs. Cuba
Uruguay vs. Mexico   

Argentina vs. Dominican Rep
Free/Libre US Virgin Island and Venezuela 

 

*The order of the games and times will be announced later.

*Puerto Rico has the right to select their final opponent in the first round (Canada).

Second Phase (1-4 of September)

Before the beginning of the second phase, the local team (Puerto Rico) will again have the right to select the order of game days for the second phase. After the second phase all eight teams are ranked in one group and the top four teams Qualify for the semi-finals.

Semifinals (September 5)

The first place team faces the fourth place and the second faces the third team in the quarterfinal standings. The winners play for gold and losers for bronze in the finals.

Finals (September 6)

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02:50PM, Tue 9 June 2009

FIBA Americas Championship draw this Tuesday live on www.fibaamericas.com:

Puerto Rico defeated Iran to keep their perfect record at Alpos Cup

SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – The draw of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship will be held on Tuesday, June 9 at 11:55 a.m. at Coliseo Roberto Clemente of San Juan, Puerto Rico, home of the tournament that will be played from August 26 until September 6.

This tournament has Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, México, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela playing for four of the qualifying berths for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

The ten national teams will be divided into two groups of five teams each. The host country (Puerto Rico) will select the group they want to participate when the two final selections are made.

The draw will be live with video on www.fibaamericas.com and the competition schedule will be announced shortly after the draw is done.

The couples to be drawn, announced by FIBA Americas Technical Director Anibal Garcia are:

Argentina-Puerto Rico
Canada-Brazil
Uruguay-Venezuela
Dominican Republic-US Virgin Islands
Cuba-Mexico
 
 
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04:55PM, Fri 29 May 2009

PUR – Puerto Rico selected as host of 2009 FIBA Americas Championship:


 

SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – After the FIBA Americas Executive Committee decided to retire Mexico as host of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, which is a qualifier for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, a process started to find another country interested in being the organizers of the most important continental competition.

Last night after an important meeting with Puerto Rican Basketball Federation President, Ruben Nigaglioni, an agreement was reached to be the organizer of the tournament.

The event will be held at Roberto Clemente Coliseum who was the host of the 1999 and 2003 FIBA Americas Championships. The Puerto Rican Federation has a lot of experience having this type of event and the 2009 event will be played from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan and the top 4 teams enter the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

FIBA Americas Secretary General, Alberto Garcia, was very grateful to the Uruguayan Federation who was also interested in the event and specially to the Puerto Rican Federation who will organizze the most important continental championship. After an evaluation of the technical, commercialization, television, and other important aspects that will guarantee a competitive and economical success, it was decided to give the Puerto Rican Federation the tournament.

This event has Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela for the South American Sub-Zone (ABASU), Canada for North America and for the Central American and Caribbean Zone (CONCENCABA), Cuba, US Virgin Islands, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. The United States qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship after winning the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Puerto Rico has been host of a World Championship qualifier in 1993 where they won Silver. They were also host to three Olympic qualifiers starting in 1980 and also in 1999 and 2003 where they won a medal in two competitions (Gold in 1980 and Bronze in 2003).

The last FIBA Americas Championship (World Qualifier) was played in 2005 in the Dominican Republic where Brazil won Gold, Argentina Silver and Bronze for Venezuela. The last FIBA Americas Championship was the Olympic qualifier in 2007 held in Las Vegas as the United States dominated the whole tournament to capture the gold medal.

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04:20PM, Tue 5 May 2009

Osimani and Uruguay with a lot of expectations for FIBA Americas Championship:


 

PONCE (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – Uruguayan point guard Martin Osimani talked about the expectations for the Uruguayan National Team for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship (World Qualifier) that will be played in Mexico from August 26 until September 6.

After winning the second title in a row with Bigua, the guard of the Uruguayan national team was signed by Atléticos de San Germán in Puerto Rico where he averages 10.13 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists in his first eight games.

Osimani, who made his debut with the junior national team in 1998, talked about the expectations after a good FIBA Americas Championship in 2007 but he is also worried about the current situation in Mexico.

"Everybody is waiting to see what happens with the swine flu. We are nervous but in Uruguay there are a lot people wanting to start the preparation because there are a lot of expectations after the 2007 tournament where we had a good showing."

Uruguay finished second in Group A of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship with a 3-1 record. Their only loss was against Argentina and defeated Puerto Rico, Mexico y Panama. Then in the second round they lost to Canada, Venezuela, USA and Brazil to finish eighth and out of the Olympics.

"We were short because of injuries and this year we will look to extend the team so we son't be tired at the end of the championship", said the guard, explaining one of the factors for their bad performance in the second round.

Uruguay has seen the development of players like Leandro García Morales, Esteban Batista, Gustavo Barrera, Jayson Granger in the last couple of years and is expected that they make an immediate impact in the national team for international competitions. Also veterans like Nicolas Mazzarino might join the team.

"This is what everybody is waiting for to see what we can do better. We are waiting for Nicolas Mazzarino to see if he comes back after he retired but we know that the new players are having great seasons abroad and we have a lot of expectations to improve."

Part of the development of these players has been the Uruguayan League where Osimani, Leandro García Morales, Esteban Batista, among other have played.

"The level has improved, also the level of the imports has improved a lot and the players who play overseas are present. They have to improve the organization to be an elite league but it has improved and been worked a lot."

Bigua had their best season in history, winning their second straight title in Uruguay but at the international level they won the South American Championship for Clubs and played in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League.

Osimani, who played in the United States in Utah and Duquesne University, is concentrated to have a great season with San German which is the one with the most tradition with 14 championships.

"I hope to have a great culmination with San German. We had our ups and downs."

Finally Osimani wants to play for Uruguay and give them their first FIBA World Championship since 1986.

"There are a lot of expectations for this tournament and I can't wait to play."

 

Osimani y Uruguay con expectativas para Campeonato FIBA Américas:

 

PONCE (Campeonato FIBA Américas 2009) – El armador uruguayo Martín Osimani habló sobre las expectativas de la selección de Uruguay para el Campeonato FIBA Américas 2009 (Premundial) que se jugará del 26 de agosto al 6 de septiembre en México.

Luego de ganar el segundo campeonato seguido con Biguá, el armador de la selección de Uruguay fue firmado por los Atléticos de San Germán en Puerto Rico donde promedia 10,13 puntos, 4,8 rebotes y 4,6 asistencias en sus primeros ocho partidos.

Osimani, que debutó con el equipo nacional juvenil en el 1998, habló de las expectativas luego de un buen Campeonato FIBA Américas en el 2007, pero preocupado por la situación actual de México.

“Esta todo el mundo expectante con lo que pasa con esto de la gripe porcina. Estamos nerviosos pero en Uruguay hay muchas ganas de que se empiece la preparación porque hay muchas expectativas después del torneo de 2007 que hubo una buena participación.”

Uruguay terminó segundo en el Grupo A durante el Campeonato FIBA Américas con marca de 3-1. Su única derrota fue ante Argentina y triunfaron ante Puerto Rico, México y Panamá. Luego en la segunda ronda cayeron contra Canadá, Venezuela, Estados Unidos y Brasil para terminar octavos y fuera de las Olimpiadas.

“Estuvimos bastante cortos por lesiones y este año vamos a buscar extender el equipo para no estar tan cansados al final del campeonato”,  dijo el armador, explicando uno de los factores de la mala actuación de Uruguay en la segunda ronda.

En los últimos años Uruguay ha visto el desarrollo de jugadores como Leandro García Morales, Esteban Batista, Gustavo Barrera, Jayson Granger y se espera que sean de impacto inmediato para el equipo uruguayo en competencias internacionales. También se espera que varios veteranos regresen como el caso del tirador Nicolás Mazzarino.

“Eso es lo que tiene a todos expectantes para ver que se puede hacer mejor. Estamos esperando a ver si Nicolás Mazzarino vuelve a jugar ya que se había retirado pero sabemos que con los nuevos jugadores que están jugando buenas temporadas afuera tenemos muchas expectativas para mejorar.”

Parte del desarrollo de los jugadores se debe al buen nivel de la Liga Uruguaya donde ha jugado Osimani, Leandro García Morales, Esteban Batista, entre otros.

“El nivel ha mejorado, el nivel de los extranjeros ha mejorado mucho y los jugadores nuestros que vienen de afuera están presentes. Tienen que mejorar el punto de vista de la organización para ser una liga elite pero se ha mejorado y trabajado bastante.”

Biguá tuvo su mejor temporada en la historia, ganando su segundo campeonato seguido pero a nivel internacional demostraron el buen nivel de la liga ganando el Sudamericano de Clubes Campeones y jugando en el Final Four de la Liga de las Américas.

Osimani, que jugó en Estados Unidos en las Universidades de Utah y Duquesne, está concentrado en tener una buena temporada con San Germán que es el equipo de más tradición en el baloncesto de Puerto Rico con 14 campeonatos.

“Espero tener una buena culminación con San Germán. Hemos empezado un poco arriba y abajo.”

Finalmente Osimani tiene muchas ganas para darle a Uruguay su primera visita al Mundial desde el 1986.

Muchas expectativas para este torneo que tengo muchas ganas de jugarlo.”

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04:43AM, Thu 16 April 2009

Another BSN season starts this Friday:


The 81st season of Baloncesto Superior Nacional of Puerto Rico starts on April 17 and it is expected to be another interesting outing with eleven teams.

Unlike many countries, basketball in Puerto Rico is the first sport, followed by baseball and close behind is soccer which is gaining a lot of popularity lately due to the Puerto Rico Islanders in the USL. Volleyball is first in small towns but last in most big cities.

There are six teams that today have a chance to reach the finals and they are Arecibo, Bayamon, Carolina, Guaynabo, Ponce and Santurce. San German and Quebradillas will be fighting with the other teams to enter the playoffs which qualify the eight best teams.

Arecibo is the team who is better prepared for this season having played in Nicaragua, Brazil, St. Croix, Netherlands and in the FIBA Americas League. Their import is Marcus Fizer who literally carried them into the finals. This time Fizer is not fully recuperated from his knee injury but this team is better and is the defending champion. Also for the first time they will have a good starting center in Jeff Aubry who has been the league’s best defensive player many times.

Bayamon comes in with better perimeter players, signing Christian Dalmau who is one of the top guards in the league along with Javier Mojica who had a great summer with the national team. They also signed one of the best pure point guards in the league in Orlando “Guayacan” Santiago, who is also a great clutch shooter.

Carolina lost the finals in seven games and their biggest blow came when center Chris Burgess went out with an injury at the start of the series. This season they will repeat Ebi Ere who is a winner and a consistent player in this league and also added depth to their bench. Carolina has one of the best guard combinations in Filiberto Rivera and Alejandro Carmona while Angelo Reyes is the best power forward in the league.

Guaynabo signed Lee Benson, probably one of the best imports in the history of the league. Their second import is Gabriel Muoneke who has been an impact player since he came with Santurce and then guided Coamo to their only finals appearance. If they can resolve their dispute with Carmelo Lee and also have good minutes from their point guards they can be a force in the playoffs.

Ponce traded Jeff Aubry and Wilfredo Pagan for Bobby Joe Hatton, who just came from winning the title with Arecibo. Hatton had his best years with Ponce being the MVP and won two titles (2002 and 2004). Hatton is the face of the franchise after the departure of Joel Jones. Ponce also added Ricky Melendez who was the league’s best scorer. They have good prospects on the bench with Jorge Lebron and Raul Orta. Leones have a dispute with Ricky Sanchez and if he can play Ponce will have a good frontcourt that already has Nigel Dixon, Lee Nailon and Gabriel Colon.

Santurce always builds great teams and since the retirement of legend, Jose “Piculin” Ortiz, they will have a native starting at center. Manuel Narvaez is the new hope for Santurce and maybe the national team. Narvaez started in Coamo during the 2007 season and despite having back problems he averaged 14.07 points and 13.9 rebounds. If he can play at that level, Santurce will have another great year. Ed Nelson will be the import until Josh Davis arrives. Larry Ayuso, Sammy Villegas, Rick Apodaca, Miguel Berdiel and Eddin Santiago complete an impressive backcourt.

San German continues adding international flavor to the tournament by signing Uruguayan guard Martin Osimani and Argentinean center Ruben Wolkowisky. Last season San German had Venezuelan Richard Lugo and Mexican Victor Avila. The addition of Osimani is key for Omar Alvarado who began last season as the point guard but wasn’t consistent in his production. Jesse Pellot-Rosa is another player who hopes to have a great year.

Quebradillas will have center Peter John Ramos since day one and they will be a contender. In the 90’s and early in this decade Quebradillas was a contender in the league but due to economic problems they had to stop playing a couple of years ago. They also have Joel Jones, Marcus Williams, Richie Dalmau and veteran Ian Lockhart and Orlando Vega.

Mayaguez, now coached by former national team player Eddie Casiano, will depend on their young players and imports like Kevin Hamilton, Ramon Clemente, Paul Graham, Dan Langhi and Keenan Jourdon. Meanwhile Caguas hopes to have Angel Daniel Vassallo along with Darnell Hinson, Matt Freije and Garnett Thompson.

Finally Humacao has league MVP Ansel Guzman who will have to carry the team along with James Life and imports Jason Edwin and Trent Plaisted. Roberto Nieves will not play this season after he signed with Guaros de Lara in Venezuela.

This season is dedicated to the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation President, Hetin Reyes and starts on April 17.

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05:44PM, Wed 1 April 2009

Marchand Continental Cup returns:


SAN JUAN - The second edition of the Marchand Continental Cup will be played from August 18-20 at Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot. This competition is the last test for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship (World Qualifier).

Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Puerto Rico will be with their final rosters for the three day tournament. Players like José Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks), Carlos Arroyo (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Luis Scola (Houston Rockets), Carlos Delfino (BC Khimki), Pablo Prigioni (Tau Cerámica), Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns), Nené Hilario (Denver), Carl English (Gran Canaria), are expected to play among other stars.

Brazil won the 2007 edition by goal average after defeating Canada 74-61. Puerto Rico could not get a win but did well in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship by winning the Bronze medal.

In the first edition Luis Scola was the best scorer with an average of 20.7 points per game and was followed by Paolo Quinteros with 17.3. Brazil was led by Tiago Splitter who averaged 14.3 points and 7.3 rebounds. Marcelinho Machado of Brazil was the MVP after averaging 11.3 points, having his best performance against Argentina with 18 points.

Regresa la Copa Tuto Marchand:

SAN JUAN - La segunda edición de la Copa Tuto Marchand se celebrará del 18 al 20 de agosto en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot siendo la última prueba para el Campeonato FIBA Américas 2009 (Pre-Mundial).

Argentina, Brasil, Canadá y Puerto Rico estarán con sus planteles finales para este torneo preparatorio que durará tres días. Se espera la participación de jugadores como José Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks), Carlos Arroyo (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Luis Scola (Houston Rockets), Carlos Delfino (BC Khimki), Pablo Prigioni (Tau Cerámica), Leandro Barbosa (Phoenix Suns), Nené Hilario (Denver), Carl English (Gran Canaria), entre otros.

Brasil ganó el torneo del 2007 por goal average al derrotar a Canadá 74-61. Puerto Rico fue el único equipo en salir del torneo sin victorias pero tuvo una buena actuación en el Campeonato FIBA Américas 2007 ganando la medalla de bronce.

En la primera edición el mejor anotador fue Luis Scola con promedio de 20,7 puntos por juego seguido de su compañero Paolo Quinteros con 17,3 unidades. Brasil fue liderado por Tiago Splitter que promedió 14,3 puntos y 7,3 rebotes. Marcelinho Machado de Brasil fue el Jugador mas Valioso de la competencia con media de 11,3 puntos siendo su actuación mas destacada ante Argentina al anotar 18 tantos.

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06:51PM, Fri 27 March 2009

FIBA Americas - Meetings held in Mexico for 2009 FIBA Americas Championship:


SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) – During this week FIBA Americas held a meeting with the organizing committee of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship that will be held in Mexico City and Mexicali from August 26 until September 6.

In the meeting the authorities of FIBA Americas along with the organizing committee outlined the work to be done for the tournament that includes marketing, promotion, and logistics among other important issues. This tournament gives four qualifying berths for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.

Group A of the competition and the next rounds will be played at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City which has a capacity for 18,000 fans. Group B of the competition will be played at Auditorio Municipal of Mexicali.

The participating countries in this competition are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, México, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela. The United States will not participate since they already qualified into the 2010 FIBA World Championship by winning the Gold Medal in the 2008 Olympics.

The ten national teams will be divided into two groups of five teams each and will play the preliminary round from August 26-30. The draft of both groups will be done in Mexico on April.

The best four teams per group enter the quarterfinals where they will play four games against the teams that entered from the other group. The quarterfinals are scheduled from September 1-4. The best four in the standings at the end of the quarterfinals will qualify into the FIBA World Championship and the semifinals. The semifinals are going to be played on September 5 and the finals the next day.

FIBA Américas - Siguen los trabajos para el Campeonato FIBA Américas: 

SAN JUAN (Campeonato FIBA Américas 2009) – Durante esta semana FIBA Américas celebró una reunión con el comité organizador del Campeonato FIBA Américas 2009 que se celebrará en Ciudad de México y Mexicali del 26 de agosto al 6 de septiembre.

En la reunión las autoridades de FIBA Américas junto al comité organizador delinearon los trabajos para el torneo que incluyen mercadeo, promoción, logística, entre otros asuntos importantes. Este torneo clasifica a los mejores cuatro equipos al Mundial 2010 a celebrarse en Turquía.

El grupo A de la competencia y las siguientes rondas se jugarán en el Palacio de los Deportes de Ciudad México que cuenta con capacidad de 18,000 fanáticos. El grupo B de la competencia se jugará en el Auditorio Municipal de Mexicali.

Los países participantes en esta competencia son Argentina, Brasil, Canadá, Cuba, Islas Vírgenes (US), México, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana, Uruguay y Venezuela. Estados Unidos no participará en este evento al tener su pase directo al Mundial luego de ganar la medalla de oro en las Olimpiadas del 2008.

Estos diez equipos nacionales se dividirán en dos grupos de cinco cada uno y jugarán del 26 al 30 de agosto. El sorteo de ambos grupos se celebrará durante el mes de abril en México.

Los mejores cuatro por grupo pasan a la ronda de cuartos de final donde jugarán cuatro partidos contra los demás clasificados del otro grupo. La ronda de cuartos de final se jugará del 1 al 4 de septiembre. Los primeros cuatro en la tabla de posiciones en los cuartos de final pasan directamente al Mundial y a la semifinal. La semifinal se jugará el 5 de septiembre y la final el próximo día.

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03:14PM, Fri 13 March 2009

Flamengo is the champion of the South American League for Clubs:

Flamengo is the champion of the South American League for Clubs:

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO (South American League for Clubs) - Flamengo Río de Janeiro won their first championship in the South American League for Clubs by beating Quimsa Santiago del Estero by the score of 98-96 in the final game of the competition.

An excellent job by shooter Marcelinho Machado was key in the win by scoring 41 points, 30 of them in the first half. In 40 minutes played the star of Flamengo shot 10-12 from three point range and 11-16 from the free throw line. The 33 year old player was named the MVP of the tournament.

The game was tough and intense from start to finish where Flamengo depended on the offense of Marcelinho in the first half while Quimsa was consistent with their great team game and using their figures on the paint to put some key players in foul trouble, among them was Rafael "Baby" Araujo.

Flamengo started the game scoring from three point range to take the lead early and a basket by Baby Araujo gave the Brazilians an 11-6 lead with seven minutes left. The host team made their adjustments on defense to force turnovers and score. The Argentinean team made a 12-0 run to take an 18-11 advantage. The lead continued increasing until they were up by ten points (30-20) but Marcelinho made five straight points to leave the first quarter 30-25.

Both teams continued to fight for the lead until a three pointer by Marcelinho gaave the Brazilians a 42-40 advantage and finished the first half up 49-48 after a couple of free throws with just seconds left. Marcelinho had 30 points, shooting 10-8 from three and 6-6 from the free throw line at halftime. Julio Mazzaro led Quimsa with 12 points.

In the third quarter Flamengo stopped depending on Marcelinho and Helio along with Jefferson were scoring to keep them on top. Vanderson along with Gabriel Mikulas didn't allow that the Brazilian to go too far and the first 30 minutes finished 72-68 in favor of the visitors.

In the final quarter Flamengo made a 7-0 run finishing with a three pointer by Duda Machado to take a 82-71 lead with 6:57 but Vanderson along with Jonatan Treise, Ramel Allen and Gabriel Mikulas helped Quimsa come back in the score.

A three pointer by Treise gave Quimsa a 94-92 lead with 1:39 left but Marcelinho answered quickly to regain the advantage. The last tie was at 96 after free throws by Mikulas but Duda made 2-4 from the line to leave the final score. Quimsa had an opportunity to tie but was missed by Mazzaro.

In the loss Vanderson Camargos scored 25 points, Julio Mázzaro 20 and Gabriel Mikulas 17.

Winners of the South American League for Clubs:

Edition Year Champion Runner-up 1 1996 Olimpia de Venado Tuerto (ARG) Corinthians (BRA) 2 1997 Atenas de Córdoba (ARG) Corinthians (BRA) 3 1998 Atenas de Córdoba (ARG) Franca (BRA) 4 1999 Vasco Da Gama (BRA) Boca Juniors (ARG) 5 2000 Vasco Da Gama (BRA) Atenas de Córdoba (ARG) 6 2001 Estudiantes de Olavarría (ARG) Gimnasia y Esgrima de Comodoro (ARG) 7 2002 Libertad Sunchales (ARG) Vasco Da Gama (BRA) 8 2004 Atenas de Córdoba (ARG) Uberlandia (BRA) 9 2005 Uberlandia (BRA) Universo Ajax (BRA) 10 2006 Ben Hur de Rafaela (ARG) Ribeirao Preto (BRA) 11 2007 Libertad Sunchales (ARG) Franca (BRA) 12 2008 Regatas Corrientes (ARG) Flamengo (BRA) 13 2009 Flamengo Río de Janeiro (BRA) Quimsa Santiago del Estero (ARG)

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06:05PM, Tue 10 March 2009

ARG/BRA/COL - The South American League for Clubs final begins today:

ARG/BRA/COL - The South American League for Clubs final begins today:

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO (South American League for Clubs) - The final round of the South American League for Clubs begins tonight in Santiago del Estero, Argentina, where the best four teams in the preliminary round will play each other to determine the champion. The winner of the final qualifies for the 2009/2010 FIBA Americas League.

Two clubs will repeat in the final, champion Regatas Corrientes and the second place team Flamengo Río de Janeiro. The local, Quimsa, won group B while Cucuta surprised everybody by winning group A.

Regatas comes from losing to Peñarol in the National League and is eleventh in the standings with 51 points. Olympic champion Alejandro Montecchia will play in this round along with Federico Kammerichs, Ramzee Stanton and Sebastián Acosta.

Flamengo was the second place team in the 2008 edition but for this tournament they unleashed former NBA player Rafael "Baby" Araujo. They also have Marcelinho, Duda, Jefferson and Helio on offense. Flamengo is the leader of their league with a 9-1 record.

Quimsa Santiago del Estero was the only team to finish undefeated in the preliminary round by defeating Regatas, Meta La Salle and Minas Tenis Clubé. The team coached by Carlos Romano had good performances by Gabriel Mikulas, Jonathan Treise, Vanderson y Julio Mázzaro in the group stage.

Finally Cucuta-Norte won group A by beating Cocodrilos de Caracas and Flamengo. Their main players are Edgard Moreno, Norbey Aragón, Enielsen Guevara, Jermaine Walker, Monty Wilson and Eduardo Torres.

Tuesday, March 10:

20:00  Flamengo vs Regatas de Corrientes 
22:00  Quimsa vs Cucuta - Norte

*Local time of Santiago del Estero.

More information: www.fibaamericas.com 

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04:26AM, Thu 5 March 2009

ARG - Santiago del Estero host of the final round of the South American League for Clubs:

ARG - Santiago del Estero host of the final round of the South American League for Clubs:

SAN JUAN (South American League for Clubs) - FIBA Americas named the city of Santiago del Estero in Argentina as the host of the final round of the South American League for Clubs to be played from March 10-12 with the participation of Cucuta-Norte (Colombia), Flamengo Río de Janeiro (Brazil), Quimsa and Regatas Corrientes (Argentina).

Santiago del Estero was the host of group B of the South American League for Clubs where Quimsa played along with Regatas, Minas Tenis and Meta La Salle. Quimsa went undefeated after beating the other three teams while Regatas finished second and entered the final for the second year in a row.

Quimsa and Cucuta-Norte are in their first finals after winning their respective groups. Regatas and Flamengo return to the finals for the second year in a row.

In the 2008 edition the finals were a best of five series where Regatas won the championship after beating Flamengo in game five 73-65.

This year the final will be played in a Round Robin format as the best team will be the continental champion and at the same time they will qualify for the 2009/2010 FIBA Americas League. The 2009/2010 FIBA Americas League offers two spots in the 2010 FIBA World Club Championship.

Official schedule:

Tuesday, March 10:

20.00hs         Flamengo vs Regatas
22.00hs         Quimsa vs Cucutá-Norte

Wednesday, March 11:

20.00hs         Cucutá-Norte vs Flamengo
22.00hs         Regatas vs Quimsa

Thursday, March 12:

20.00hs         Regatas vs  Cucutá-Norte
22.00hs         Quimsa vs Flamengo

*Local time of Santiago del Estero.

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06:03PM, Fri 27 February 2009

Quimsa and Regatas reach the South American League for Clubs finals:

Quimsa and Regatas reach the South American League for Clubs finals:

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO (South American League for Clubs) - Quimsa Santiago del Estero and Regatas Corrientes from Argentina qualified to the finals of the South American League for Clubs after finishing in the top two places of Group B.

Quimsa finished as the only undefeated group winner with a 3-0 record after beating Minas Tenis Clubé 96-90.

The team coached by Carlos Romano started the game with a 9-3 run in the first three minutes. Minas had problems in the paint and the perimeter but Quimsa made some turnovers that were key for a 12-5 run by the visitors who took a 15-14 lead and finished up 25-23. Ricardo Probst led Minas with 8 points. Quimsa was led by Jonathan Treise with 8 points and Gabriel Mikulas 6.

Joe Shipp attacked the basket consistently at the start of the second quarter but Quimsa made some adjustments on defense and with help from the bench took a 37-29 lead with five minutes. The first half ended 48-39 in favor of Quimsa who were led by Mikulas and Treise who had 11 points each. Minas shot 3-15 from three point range and Quimsa took advantage on the other side.

At the start of the third quarter the hosts opened with a 9-0 run to have a 57-39 lead but Minas reacted led by Facundo Sucatzky and Luiz Felipe to close the score again 57-48. Quimsa recovered and won 70-58.

Minas went into the final quarter with the pressure to win by eight points or more but only got close by putting the score 80-76. Their offense wasn't consistent and the turnovers at the end were converted by Quimsa.

Gabriel Mikulas led with 22 points and Jonathan Treise had 19 for Quimsa. In a losing effort Murilo Becker netted 20 points and Joe Shipp 18.

In the first game of day 3 Regatas Corrientes crushed Meta La Salle 93-60 in order to enter the finals again.

Regatas started the game with a 15-5 run but led by John Thomas, La Salle made a 6-0 rally to finish the first quarter 15-11. Ramzee Stanton led the defending champions with 7 points.

In the second quarter Regatas started dominating close to the basket and finished at halftime up 39-24. A 9-0 run gave Regatas a 37-19 lead after a basket by Mariano Fierro. At halftime Stanton had 9 points and Durelle Brown 7.

In the second half Regatas maintained a double digit lead finishing the third quarter 66-41 and never looked back.

Durelle Brown led with 21 points and Damian Pineda 18 for Regatas who finished with a 2-1 record.

John Thomas once again led La Salle with 27 points and Albert Burditt had 11.

Quimsa and Regatas joins Flamengo Río de Janeiro (Brazil) and Cucutá-Norte (Colombia) in the finals to be played from March 10-12 in a city to be determined soon by FIBA Americas.

You can find the latest news of this and other international events on www.fibaamericas.com

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04:41PM, Tue 24 February 2009

Quimsa, Regatas, Minas and La Salle ready for the start of group B:

Quimsa, Regatas, Minas and La Salle ready for the start of group B:

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO (South American League for Clubs) - Group B of the South American League for Clubs starts tonight in Santiago del Estero, Argentina with the participation of Quimsa, Regatas Corrientes, Minas Tenis and Meta La Salle. The two best teams in the group face Flamengo Rio de Janeiro and Cucuta-Norte in the final round scheduled to be played on March 10-12.

Regatas Corrientes opens the group action at 20:00 local time against Minas Tenis Clubé and at 22 Quimsa Santiago del Estero takes on Meta La Salle.

Quimsa Santiago del Estero, host of this tournament, participated in Group D of the FIBA Americas League played in Xalapa, Mexico where they posted a 1-2 record. In the second phase of Liga Nacional they are in eleventh place with 44,5 points.

The team coached by Carlos Romano has Brandon Mason, Wanderson and Ramel Allen as their imports. They also added veteran shooter Eduardo Domine who has many years of experience in the league. Gabriel Mikulas, Jonathan Treise and Julio Mázzaro are the three local players who are key in this club. The roster is completed by Juan Torres, Victor Cajal, Federico Mansilla, Jonathan Melian and Martín Balteiro.

Regatas de Corrientes is the defending champion of the South American League for Clubs after beating Flamengo in the finals. Regatas also played in the FIBA Americas League with a 1-2 record in group B played in Mar del Plata. In Liga Nacional they have 46 points and are in ninth place.

Alejandro Montecchia will not be in the tournament due to his father who has health problems. Due to that loss the team coached by Silvio Santander added Martin Gandoy who plays at the junior level. Their imports are Ramzee Stanton and Durelle Brown. Sebastián Acosta, Luis Cequeira, Mariano Fierro, Federico Kammerichs, Roberto López, Damián Tintorelli, Alejo Montes, Damián Pineda and Néstor Serrantes will also be in the league.

Minas Tenis Clubé from Belo Horizonte, Brazil has been active in many international tournaments during 2008 and was in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League after winning group A. Flavio Davis coaches this team that has Murilo Becker, Ricardo Probst, Joe Shipp, Soró Pinto, Luiz Felipe, Facundo Sucatzky, Raulzinho, Leandro Da Cruz, Marcio, Rodrigo Silva and Guilherme Hubner. In the Brazilian National League they have a 5-2 record.

Finally Meta La Salle from Bolivia enters the South American League for Clubs after winning their national league last year. The team is coached by Argentinean José Luis Pestuggia and their three imports are John Thomas, Albert Burditt and Carey Rigsby. Thomas is a shooter who played in Chile, Peru, Finland and the Netherlands. Albert Burditt is a veteran forward who played in the ACB, Puerto Rico, Italy, Mexico, among others. Rigsby is a 2,06 center who played in Europe and Mexico.

The native players that complete La Salle are: Carlos Galarza, Victor Fernandez, Edgar Castañon, Manuel Cuevas, Alvaro Montellano, Dardo Pelaez, Fernando Murillo, Eduardo and Carlos Veramendy.

 

ARG/BRA/BOL - Quimsa, Regatas, Minas y La Salle listos para el inicio del grupo B:

SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO (Liga Sudamericana) - El grupo B de la Liga Sudamericana comienza esta noche en Santiago del Estero, Argentina con la participación de Quimsa, Regatas Corrientes, Minas Tenis y Meta La Salle. Los dos mejores en el grupo se unen a Flamengo Río de Janeiro y Cucutá-Norte en el cuadrangular final a celebrarse del 10 al 12 de marzo.

Esta noche la acción comienza con el partido entre Regatas Corrientes y Minas Tenis Clubé a las 20:00 horas. Luego a las 22 Quimsa Santiago del Estero recibe a Meta La Salle.

El local Quimsa Santiago del Estero participó en el grupo D de la Liga de las Américas celebrado en Xalapa, México donde tuvo marca de 1-2. En la segunda fase de la Liga Nacional se encuentran undécimos con 44,5 puntos.

El equipo dirigido por Carlos Romano cuenta con Brandon Mason, Wanderson y Ramel Allen como importados. El refuerzo para este torneo lo es el tirador Eduardo Dominé que cuenta con varios años de experiencia en la liga. Gabriel Mikulas, Jonathan Treise y Julio Mázzaro son tres jugadores nativos clave en este club. La plantilla la completan Juan Torres, Victor Cajal, Federico Mansilla, Jonathan Melian y Martín Balteiro.

Regatas de Corrientes es el campeón defensor de la Liga Sudamericana luego de vencer a Flamengo en la final. Regatas también fue parte de la Liga de las Américas terminando con récord de 1-2 en el grupo B celebrado en Mar del Plata. En la Liga Nacional se encuentran novenos con 46 puntos.

Alejandro Montecchia no estará en el torneo al tener un permiso especial del equipo por un problema de salud de su padre. Al sufrir la baja de Montecchia el club dirigido por Silvio Santander tendrá al juvenil Martín Gandoy. Sus importados son Ramzee Stanton y Durelle Brown. Sebastián Acosta, Luis Cequeira, Mariano Fierro, Federico Kammerichs, Roberto López, Damián Tintorelli, Alejo Montes, Damián Pineda y Néstor Serrantes también estarán en la liga.

Minas Tenis Clubé de Belo Horizonte, Brasil ha estado activo en varios torneos internacionales desde el pasado año y estuvo en el Final Four de la Liga de las Américas al ganar el grupo A. El club dirigido por Flavio Davis tiene como figuras principales a Murilo Becker, Ricardo Probst, Joe Shipp, Soró Pinto, Luiz Felipe, Facundo Sucatzky, Raulzinho, Leandro Da Cruz, Marcio, Rodrigo Silva y Guilherme Hubner. En la Liga de Brasil Minas tiene récord de 5-2.

Finalmente Meta La Salle de Bolivia entra como el campeón de la Liga de Baloncesto Boliviano en el 2008. El equipo es dirigido por el argentino José Luis Pestuggia y su tres importados son John Thomas, Albert Burditt y Carey Rigsby. Thomas es un tirador que cuenta con experiencia en Chile, Perú, Finlandia y los Países Bajos. Por su parte el veterano Albert Burditt ha jugado en la ACB de España, Puerto Rico, Italia, Portugal, México, entre otros. Rigsby es un pívot de 2,06 que ha jugado en Europa y México.

Los nativos que completan La Salle son Carlos Galarza, Victor Fernandez, Edgar Castañon, Manuel Cuevas, Alvaro Montellano, Dardo Pelaez, Fernando Murillo, Eduardo y Carlos Veramendy.

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05:35PM, Fri 20 February 2009

COL/BRA - Cucutá and Flamengo enter the final round of the South American League for Clubs:

COL/BRA - Cucutá and Flamengo enter the final round of the South American League for Clubs:

CUCUTÁ (South American League for Clubs) - Cucutá-Norte edged Flamengo Río de Janeiro 83-82 to win Group A of the South American League for Clubs. Cucuta and Flamengo both entered the final round with a 2-1 record.

The game was close from start to finish where at the end Flamengo had many opportunities to win but could not convert. A basket by Eduardo Torres gave Cucuta an 83-81 lead with 1:57 left and Flamengo only scored one point converted by Frederico Lima. Rafael "Baby" Araujo missed two attempts while Frederico Lima missed a three pointer that could have given them the win.

The first quarter was well fought and ended tied at 23 where Eduardo Torres had 8 points and Monty Wilson 6. Jefferson led Flamengo with 8 points while Marcelinho Machado had 7.

Flamengo had a good second quarter where they had a ten point lead (46-36) after two free throws by Jefferson with 1:12 left. The first half finished 46-42 as Marcelinho led with 18 points.

In the third quarter Cucuta stayed close thanks to Monty Wilson and Edgar Moreno and finished down 68-64. In the final ten minutes both teams exchanged the lead but the consistency from the free throw line by Cucuta was key for the win.

Eduardo Torres had 24 points while Edgar Moreno had 21 and Monty Wilson 19. Cucutá finished shooting 23-29 from the free throw line and 8-16 from three point range.

Marcelinho Machado netted 26 points and Jefferson 17 for the Brazilian team.

Group A standings:

1. Cucutá-Norte 2-1
2. Flamengo Río de Janeiro 2-1

3. Cocodrilos de Caracas 1-2
4. Obras Sanitarias 1-2

Group B will be played from February 24-26 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina where the participants are Quimsa, Regatas Corrientes (defending champion), La Salle (Bolivia) and Minas Tenis (Brazil). The two best teams in this group joins Flamengo and Cucuta-Norte in the final round to be played from March 10-12.

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04:37PM, Tue 17 February 2009

South American League for Clubs begins today:

South American League for Clubs begins today:

CUCUTA (South American League for Clubs) - The 13º edition of the South American League for Clubs begins today with group A to be played in Cucuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia. The participating clubs are Cucutá-Norte, Obras Sanitarias (Argentina), Flamengo Río de Janeiro (Brazil) and Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela).

Cucutá-Norte won the Colombian Basketball Federation Invitational Cup led by Edgard Moreno and Monty Wilson. Both players return to the roster that also includes key figures like Herberth Bayona, Enielsen Guevara, Norbey Aragón, Curtis Williams, Jhon Jairo Hernández, Eleuterio Renteira, Eduardo Torres, Juan Márquez, Alvaro Contreras and Julio Ordoñez. The head coach is Tomás Díaz Pérez who replaces Puerto Rican coach Julio Toro.

Despite being out of international competition for two decades, Obras Sanitarias has a rich history being the only team from Argentina to win a World Club Championship. The team from Buenos Aires won the 1983 William Jones Intercontinental Cup by beating Italian club Jollycolombani Cantú.

Obras qualified for this tournament after being the runner up in the Super 8 Tournament held in their court. The team from Buenos Aires fell to Regatas Corrientes who is the defending champion of the South American League for Clubs.

The team is coached by Carlos Duro who has multiples titles in international competitions. The roster includes Lázaro Borrell Hernández, Omar Cantón, Daniel Hernán Chaher, Gabriel Eduardo Cocha, Cristian Gabriel Cortés, Tyler Thomas Field, Fernando Martina, Erron James Maxey, Sergio Ariel Ravina, Patricio Luis Rodríguez and Fernando Ariel Titarelli.

Flamengo Río de Janeiro is one of the most powerful teams in Brazil and was the runner up in the 2008 South American League for Clubs. The Brazilian champion has many key players from the national team including Marcelinho Machado and former NBA center Rafael "Baby" Araujo. The other players in the roster are Duda Machado, Helio da Costa Lima, Fernando Martins Alvim, Frederico Lima, Wagner Carvalho, Rafael Paulo de Lara, Jefferson Andrade, Fernando Coloneze, Daniel Fonseca, Marcellus Sarmento and Julio Cesar Pereira.

During the 2008/2009 edition of the FIBA Americas League Flamengo finished in second place of Group C because of Goal Average to the later crowned champion, Universo/BRB.

Cocodrilos de Caracas enter this tournament as champions of the Venezuelan Professional League. The team coached by Nestor Salazar has imports Kevin Freeman and Eddie Elisma, both with experience in Venezuelan and International competitions. Juan Herrera Keving Palacios, Kenji Urdaneta, Windi Graterol, Luis Bethelmy, Jesús Centeno, Vladimir Saavedra, Henry Páez, Boris Urbina and Derson Santos complete the rosters.

The first day of group A has Flamengo against Cocodrilos at 18:45 local time and then at 20:45 Obras Sanitarias play the host Cucuta-Norte. The first phase of this group ends on February 19. The live stats will be available on www.fibaamericas.com.

Group B will be played from February 24-26 in Santiago del Estero, Argentina where the participants are Quimsa, Regatas Corrientes (defending champion), La Salle (Bolivia) and Minas Tenis (Brazil). The two best teams per group enter the final to be played from March 10-12 in a country to be determined later.

The winner of the 2009 South American League for Clubs qualifies for the 2009/2010 FIBA Americas League. One of the attractions in the 2009/2010 FIBA Americas League is two berths in the 2010 FIBA World Club Championship.

 

Comienza la Liga Sudamericana de Clubes:

CUCUTÁ (Liga Sudamericana) - La 13º edición de la Liga Sudamericana de Clubes comienza esta noche con el grupo A a celebrarse en Cucutá, Norte de Santander, Colombia. Los clubes participantes son Cucutá-Norte, Obras Sanitarias (Argentina), Flamengo Río de Janeiro (Brasil) y Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela).

Cucutá-Norte ganó la Copa Invitacional Federación Colombiana de Baloncesto comandados por Edgard Moreno y Monty Wilson. Ambos jugadores regresan a la plantilla que también incluye a Herberth Bayona, Enielsen Guevara, Norbey Aragón, Curtis Williams, Jhon Jairo Hernández, Eleuterio Renteira, Eduardo Torres, Juan Márquez, Alvaro Contreras y Julio Ordoñez. El entrenador es Tomás Díaz Pérez que reemplaza al puertorriqueño Julio Toro.

Aunque lleva mas de dos décadas sin jugar a nivel internacional, el club Obras Sanitarias cuenta con una rica historia en torneos internacionales siendo el único equipo de Argentina en conseguir un campeonato Mundial de Clubes. El club de Buenos Aires ganó el campeonato mundial en el 1983 en la Copa Intercontinental William Jones al vencer al club italiano Jollycolombani Cantú.

Obras llegó a este torneo al quedar subcampeón del Torneo Súper 8 celebrado en su cancha. En la final cayó contra Regatas Corrientes que es el campeón defensor de la Liga Sudamericana.

El equipo es dirigido por Carlos Duro que tiene múltiples campeonatos como dirigente en estos torneos. El equipo es compuesto por  Lázaro Borrell Hernández, Omar Cantón, Daniel Hernán Chaher, Gabriel Eduardo Cocha, Cristian Gabriel Cortés, Tyler Thomas Field, Fernando Martina, Erron James Maxey, Sergio Ariel Ravina, Patricio Luis Rodríguez y Fernando Ariel Titarelli.

Flamengo Río de Janeiro es uno de los clubes mas potentes de Brasil y fue el subcampeón de la pasada edición de la Liga Sudamericana. El campeón de Brasil cuenta con varios jugadores del equipo nacional incluyendo a Marcelinho Machado y al ex enebeísta Rafael "Baby" Araujo. Los otros integrantes son Duda Machado, Helio da Costa Lima, Fernando Martins Alvim, Frederico Lima, Wagner Carvalho, Rafael Paulo de Lara, Jefferson Andrade, Fernando Coloneze, Daniel Fonseca, Marcellus Sarmento y Julio Cesar Pereira.

Durante la edición 2008/2009 de la Liga de las Américas Flamengo fue parte del Grupo C donde cayó en segundo lugar por goal average contra el eventual campeón, Universo/BRB.

Los Cocodrilos de Caracas llegan a este torneo siendo los campeones de la temporada 2008 de la Liga Profesional de Baloncesto. El equipo dirigido por Néstor Salazar tendrá de importados a Kevin Freeman y Eddie Elisma, ambos experimentados en el baloncesto venezolano e internacional. Juan Herrera, Keving Palacios, Kenji Urdaneta, Windi Graterol, Luis Bethelmy, Jesús Centeno, Vladimir Saavedra, Henry Páez, Boris Urbina y Derson Santos completan la plantilla.

La primera jornada del grupo A tiene a Flamengo Río de Janeiro contra Cocodrilos de Caracas a las 18:45 hora local y luego a las 20:45 Obras Sanitarias juega ante Cucutá-Norte. La primera fase de este grupo termina el 19 de febrero. Las estadísticas del evento las puede seguir en vivo en www.fibaamericas.com.

El Grupo B se jugará del 24 al 26 de febrero en Santiago del Estero, Argentina donde participarán Quimsa, Regatas Corrientes (campeón defensor), La Salle (Bolivia) y Minas Tenis (Brasil). Los dos mejores clubes de cada grupo pasan a la final a jugarse del 10 al 12 de marzo en una sede por determinarse.

Este torneo clasificará al campeón a la Liga de las Américas 2009/2010. La Liga de las Américas 2009/2010 tendrá como atractivo dos boletos para el Mundial de Clubes a celebrarse en el 2010.

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04:19PM, Mon 9 February 2009

Universo/BRB is the champion of America!

Universo/BRB is the champion of America!

XALAPA (FIBA Americas League) - Universo/BRB won the second edition of the FIBA Americas League by winning the Final Four held in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. The Brazilian team defeated host Halcones UV Xalapa 86-83 in the third and final day of the competition.

Valtinho led the winners with 21 points while Alex Garcia, who was named MVP of the tournament, had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Arthur Luiz netted 13 points and Estevam Ferreira 10.

Halcones started the game with an aggressive attack led by Samuel Bowie and Ray Castillo to give the host a 29-19 lead. Halcones had a 12 points lead (29-17) and Valtinho finished the quarter with a basket for the 29-19 score. The Mexicans shot 11-16 from the field including 4-8 from three point range and 3-4 from the free throw line. Valtinho had 9 of the 19 points scored by the Brazilian team.

The second quarter continued with Halcones dominating and they had an 18 point lead (43-25) after a three pointer by Victor Mariscal but Valtinho along with Alex and Rafael Mineiro started to cut the lead, including a 9-0 run, to finish at halftime 49-43 in favor of the host.

Samuel Bowie led Halcones with 11 points and was followed by Victor Mariscal and Gustavo Ayon with 8 points each. Valtinho and Alex led the attack for the team from Brasilia with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The second half started with an effective attack by Halcones with two pointers by Gustavo Ayon and three point baskets by Abdul Mills and Victor Avila to have a 59-47 lead. Universo answered with four three pointers in a row to tie the game at 59 at the half point of the third quarter. The three pointers continued falling for Universo who had a 70-67 lead at the end of the quarter.

Both teams struggled in the start of the fourth quarter showing good intensity on the defensive side. Halcones and Universo exchanged the lead many times but the Brazilian team lost Diego Pinheiro and Rafael Mineiro due to foul trouble. At the end Halcones forced some plays and lost the opportunity to win the title while Estevam and Valtinho gave Universo the win from the free throw line.

Abdul Mills led Halcones with 21 points while Samuel Bowie followed with 15. The Mexicans shot 9-29 from three point range, a key stat in their loss.

Bigua finished third in the competition by beating Minas Tenis Clube 84-77 as Leandro Garcia Morales led with 29 points and Martin Osimani 18. Joe Shipp had 24 points for Minas who finished without a victory in the Final Four.

Champions of the FIBA Americas League:

2007/2008: Peñarol Mar del Plata (Argentina)
2008/2009: Universo/BRB (Brasil)

The next edition of the FIBA Americas League will qualify two teams to the FIBA World Club Championship to be played in 2010.

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05:31PM, Sun 8 February 2009

MEX/BRA - Halcones and Universo for the FIBA Americas League championship:

MEX/BRA - Halcones and Universo for the FIBA Americas League championship:

XALAPA (FIBA Americas League) - Samuel Bowie was one again the key figure for Halcones the Xalapa in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League. Halcones dominated Minas Tenis Clube 104-84 and will play for the championship on Sunday against Universo/BRB.

Minas started the game with many mistakes on the offensive side while Halcones scored from long distance and in fast break due to the many turnovers from the Brazilian team to take a 18-10 lead. Flavio Davis, coach of Minas, called a time-out and they reacted quickly with a 10-0 run led by Ricardo Probst to take a 20-18 lead with 3:07 left. The run in the final five minutes was 20-4 so the Brazilians could finish the first quarter up 30-22.

The first quarter was almost perfect for Minas who shot 9-11 from the field (81%) including 3-3 from three point range and 9-12 from the free throw line. Ricardo Probst, Murilo Becker and Joe Shipp led with 7 points each. Gustavo Ayon led Halcones with 7 points and Victor Avila 6. Halcones shot 8-21 from the field including 3-13 from three.

In the second quarter Samuel Bowie came with two straight three pointer to tie the game at 30 with 8:49 left and Victor Avila scored another one to have a 33-30 lead and complete an 11-0 run in the first two minutes. Bowie continued to score consistently and finished with 19 points in the second quarter and Halcones had a 53-41 halftime lead.

Mariscal helped with 10 points while Minas never answered the attack. The second quarter was 31-11 in favor of Halcones thanks to their intensity on both sides.

Bowie opened the third quarter with five straight points to increase their lead 58-43 with 8:26 left and the offense continued to score to have a 82-66 lead with ten minutes left.

Minas tried to get back into the game but their offense was not consistent and the depth of Halcones was too much for the Brazilians.

Halcones was led by Bowie who scored 26 points while Victor Avila had 16, Gustavo Ayon and Dontae Truitt netted 13 each.

Soro Pinto had 18 points and Joe Shipp 17 for Minas who looks for their first win against also winless Bigua.

In the first game of the day Universo/BRB defeated Bigua 86-75 as Estevam Ferreira led with 19 points, Alex Garcia had 15 and Valtinho Silva 12 points with 10 assists.

Sunday, February 8, 2009:

16:15  Minas Tenis Clube vs Bigua 
18:30  Halcones Xalapa vs Universo BRB

*Local time of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

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11:09AM, Sun 8 February 2009

Final Four of the FIBA Americas League started with wins by Universo and Halcones Xalapa:

Final Four of the FIBA Americas League started with wins by Universo and Halcones Xalapa:

Universo/BRB and Halcones UV Xalapa won on day one of the Final Four in the FIBA Americas League played in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

The Final Four started with a win by Universo/BRB over Minas Tenis Clube 90-80 in the Brazilian duel. Valtinho was valuable for Universo with 22 points while Diego Pinheiro had 16. Alex Garcia was not effective during the game but made a three pointer with 28 seconds left to secure the victory. Garcia finished with 13 points.

Joe Shipp had 18 points and Evandro "Soro" Pinto netted 14 for Minas who is in their second Final Four.

On game two we had a duel of undefeated teams as Halcones UV Xalapa defeated Bigua from Uruguay 100-91 being led by Samuel Bowie and Abdul Mills who netted 21 points each. Leandro Garcia Morales led Bigua with 29 points while Argentinean import Ruben Wolkowyski finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Both Halcones and Bigua were undefeated in the group stage.

Day two continues today as Bigua faces Universo and Minas takes on Halcones UV Xalapa.

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04:48PM, Fri 6 February 2009

BRA/MEX/URU - Ready to crown a new champion of America with the start of the Final Four:

BRA/MEX/URU - Ready to crown a new champion of America with the start of the Final Four:

XALAPA (FIBA Americas League) - The FIBA Americas Final Four starts tonight with the four best teams in the continent playing to be crowned the new champion of the most important club championship in America. Universo/BRB, Minas Tenis Clubé, Halcones UV Xalapa and Bigua are the four participating teams in the final phase to be played in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

The Final Four will be played in a Round Robin format on February 6, 7 and 8 at USBI Gymnasium, home of Halcones.

Pitagoras/Minas Tenis Clube is the first team that entered the Final Four after winning Group A in Arecibo, Puerto Rico with a 2-1 record. Minas comes with a new face into their roster after singing former national team player Ricardo Probst. They also have Argentinean guard Facundo Sucatzky who leads the FIBA Americas League in assists with an average of 11.7 in three games.

Minas also have key players like Soró Pinto, Luiz Felipe, Leandro Da Cruz, Joe Shipp and Murilo Becker. In the Brazilian National League Minas has a 1-2 record with losses to Paulistano and Flamengo while their only win was against Pinheiros.

Group B was dominated by Bigua who defeated defending champion Peñarol Mar del Plata, South American League champion Regatas Corrientes and Universidad de Concepción. The Uruguayan team comes from winning the South American Championship for Clubs in Guayaquil, Ecuador and is currently the most dominating team in the Uruguayan League.

Rubén Wolkowyski along with Kevin Young and Mark Bortz are the imports of this team. Bortz debuts in the league after playing for Boca Juniors in Argentina. Leandro García Morales, Mauricio Aguiar, Juan Cambón, Gonzalo Meira, Mathias Calfani, Santiago Vidal, Juan Rovira, Joaquín and Martín Osimani complete the roster.

Universo/BRB won group C, considered one of the strongest in the competition with teams like Flamengo Río de Janeiro, Argentinean champion Libertad Sunchales and Deportes Castro from Chile. The team has Valtinho, Alex García, Marcio Cipriano, Arthur Luiz, Estevam Ferreira, Rafael Rodrigues, André Luis Fonseca, Jorge Duarte, Eneias Martins, Frederico Rossi, David Da Silva and Diego Pinheiro. Universo has a 2-0 record in the Brazilian National League with wins over Unimed/Assis and Bauru.

Halcones UV Xalapa became the second team to be undefeated in the group stage by winning over Soles de Mexicali, Quimsa Santiago del Estero and COOPENAE Liceo de Costa Rica. Abdul Mills, Leroy Hickerson, Samuel Bowie, Omar López, Gustavo Ayón, Victor Mariscal, Victor Ávila, Ray Castillo, Pedro Meza, Luis Pulido, Santiago Ibarra and Ramsés Benitez are part of the team. Halcones finished with a 46-2 in the LNBP regular season and has a 2-0 advantage in the quarterfinals.

The team coached by Andy Stoglin is one of the most balanced in the tournament showing that they can play in a quick pace and also in half court on offense. Abdul Mills has done a great job at the point guard position while Victor Mariscal, Ray Castillo and Victor Ávila give this team power from three point range. In the paint Avila also helps along with Gustavo Ayon and Hickerson on both sides scoring and also avoiding second opportunities on defense.

The games will be televised on FOX Sports en Español and live stats are available on www.fibaamericas.com.

Day one schedule:

Friday, February 6, 2009:

18:00  Universo/BRB vs Minas Tenis Clube
20:15  Halcones Xalapa  vs Bigua

*Local time of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

 

BRA/MEX/URU - A coronar un nuevo campeón de América:

XALAPA (Liga de las Américas) - Esta noche comienza el Final Four de la Liga de las Américas que tendrá a los mejores cuatro equipos del continente disputando el campeonato de clubes mas importante de América. Universo/BRB, Minas Tenis Clubé, Halcones UV Xalapa y Biguá son los cuatro protagonistas en esta final a celebrarse en Xalapa, Veracruz, México.

El Final Four se jugará en formato de Round Robin (todos contra todos) en los días 6, 7 y 8 de febrero en el Gimnasio de la USBI, hogar de los Halcones.

El primer equipo clasificado al Final Four fue Pitágoras/Minas Tenis Clubé al ganar el Grupo A de la competencia en Arecibo, Puerto Rico con marca de 2-1. Para esta competencia viene reforzado luego de firmar al ex jugador de la selección nacional, Ricardo Probst. Además cuentan con el armador argentino Facundo Sucatzky que fue el mejor pasador de la primera ronda con promedio de 11.7 asistencias en tres juegos.

Minas también tiene como figuras principales a Soró Pinto, Luiz Felipe, Leandro Da Cruz, Joe Shipp y Murilo Becker. Actualmente en la Liga Nacional de Brasil Minas tiene récord de 1-2 con derrotas ante Paulistano y Flamengo mientras que su única victoria fue sobre Pinheiros.

El grupo B fue dominado por Biguá quienes derrotaron al campeón defensor, Peñarol Mar del Plata, al campeón de la Liga Sudamericana, Regatas Corrientes y a Universidad de Concepción. El equipo uruguayo viene de ganar el Sudamericano de Clubes Campeones en Guayaquil, Ecuador y al momento es el equipo dominante en la Liga Uruguaya.

Rubén Wolkowyski junto a Kevin Young y Mark Bortz figuran como los importados de Biguá. Bortz debuta en el equipo luego de jugar con Boca Juniors en Argentina. Leandro García Morales, Mauricio Aguiar, Juan Cambón, Gonzalo Meira, Mathias Calfani, Santiago Vidal, Juan Rovira, Joaquín y Martín Osimani completan la plantilla.

Universo/BRB fue el ganador del grupo C, uno de los mas fuertes de la competencia que contaba con Flamengo Río de Janeiro, el campeón argentino Libertad Sunchales y Deportes Castro de Chile. El club es integrado por Valtinho, Alex García, Marcio Cipriano, Arthur Luiz, Estevam Ferreira, Rafael Rodrigues, André Luis Fonseca, Jorge Duarte, Eneias Martins, Frederico Rossi, David Da Silva y Diego Pinheiro. Universo tiene 2-0 en la Liga Nacional de Brasil con victorias sobre Unimed/Assis y Bauru.

Los Halcones UV Xalapa se convirtieron en el segundo equipo en dominar su grupo de forma invicta con victorias sobre Soles de Mexicali, Quimsa Santiago del Estero y COOPENAE Liceo de Costa Rica. Abdul Mills, Leroy Hickerson, Samuel Bowie, Omar López, Gustavo Ayón, Victor Mariscal, Victor Ávila, Ray Castillo, Pedro Meza, Luis Pulido, Santiago Ibarra y Ramsés Benitez son parte del equipo. Halcones finalizó con marca de 46-2 en la LNBP y tienen ventaja de 2-0 en la serie de cuartos de final.

El equipo dirigido por Andy Stoglin es uno de los mas balanceados del torneo demostrando que pueden jugar rápido y a media cancha. Abdul Mills ha hecho una gran labor en la posición de armador mientras que Victor Mariscal, Ray Castillo y Victor Ávila le da poder al equipo desde el perímetro. En la pintura tanto Ávila como Gustavo Ayón y Hickerson aportan para anotar consistentemente y evitar la segundas oportunidades en defensa.

Los juegos se televisarán por FOX Sports en Español mientras que las estadísticas de los partidos estarán en vivo por www.fibaamericas.com.

Itinerario de la primera jornada:

Viernes, 6 de febrero de 2009:

18:00  Universo BRB vs Minas Tenis Clubé
20:15  Halcones Xalapa  vs Biguá

*Hora local de Xalapa, Veracruz, México.

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03:30AM, Wed 28 January 2009

Xalapa, Veracruz, México host of the FINAL FOUR 2009:

Xalapa, Veracruz, México host of the FINAL FOUR 2009:

SAN JUAN (FIBA Americas League) - FIBA Américas awarded Halcones de Xalapa to be the host team for the FINAL FOUR of the 20008.2009 FIBA AMERICAS LEAGUE to be played from February 6-8 in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

Minas Tenis Club (Brazil), Bigua (Uruguay),  Universo BRB (Brazil) and host Halcones de Xalapa will play to be crowned the new Champion of America in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League.

Minas comes from winning Group A with a team that has stars like Murilo Becker, Facundo Sucatzky, Leandro Silva and Joe Shipp. The team from Belo Horizonte had a 2-1 record with wins over Merengueros and Pioneros de  Quintana Roo. In the final game they lost to Capitanes de Arecibo but passed to the final round due to goal average.

Bigua became the first undefeated champion of a group after beating defending champion Peñarol Mar del Plata, South Americn League champion, Regatas de Corrientes and Deportes Castro from Chile. Bigua has players like Leandro García Morales, Rubén Wolkowisky, Mark Bortz, Kevin Young, Joaquín and Martín Osimani.

Universo/BRB from Brasilia won Group C after dominating Argentinean champion Libertad Sunchales. The other strong team in the group was Flamengo who fell short after losing to Libertad. Universo has figures like Valtinho, Alex García, Estevam Ferreira, Arthur Luiz and Marcio Cipriano.

Finally Halcones de Xalapa dominated Group D with wins over Quimsa Santiago del Estero, COOPENAE Liceo de Costa Rica and Soles de Mexicali. Halcones have a 44-2 record in the Mexican League which is one of the fastest growing leagues in America. Players like Leroy Hickerson, Abdul Mills, Victor Mariscal, Victor Ávila and Gustavo Ayón make this team one of the most exciting to watch. They also have former UCLA star Lorenzo Mata who could not participate due to an injury.

The 2009 Final Four will be played in a Round Robin format on February 6, 7, and 8.

The game schedule is:

Friday, February 6:

06:00 pm – Universo BRB (BRA)  vs. Minas Tenis Club (BRA)
08:15 pm – Halcones (MEX)   vs. Bigua (URU)

Saturday, February 7:

06:00 pm – Bigua (URU)   vs. Universo BRB (BRA)
08:15 pm - Minas Tenis Club (BRA)  vs. Halcones (MEX)

Sunday, February 8:

04:15 pm – Minas Tenis Club (BRA)  vs. Bigua (URU)
06:30 pm – Halcones (MEX)   vs. Universo BRB (BRA)

All times local of Xalapa, Veracruz, MEX.

All the games will be televised on FOX Sports en Español and all the games will have live stats and news on www.fibaamericas.com

FIBA Américas - Xalapa, Veracruz, México sede del FINAL FOUR 2009:

SAN JUAN (Liga de las Américas) - FIBA Américas le concedió hoy a los Halcones de Xalapa, la sede del FINAL FOUR 2009 de la LIGA DE LAS AMERICAS, que se efectuará del 6 al 8 de Febrero en la ciudad de Xalapa, Veracruz, México.

Minas Tenis Club (Brasil), Bigua (Uruguay),  Universo BRB (Brasil) y el anfitrión Halcones de Xalapa buscaran coronarse como el Campeón de América en el Final Four 2009 de la Liga de las Américas.

Minas viene de ganar el Grupo A con un equipo reforzado con estrellas como Murilo Becker, Facundo Sucatzky, Leandro Silva y Joe Shipp. El equipo de Belo Horizonte tuvo marca de 2-1 con victorias sobre Merengueros y Pioneros de Quintana Roo. En el juego final perdieron ante Capitanes de Arecibo pero pasaron por Goal Average.

El primer ganador de un grupo de manera invicta lo fue Biguá de Uruguay derrotando al pasado campeón Peñarol Mar del Plata, al campeón de la Liga Sudamericana, Regatas de Corrientes y Deportes Castro de Chile. Biguá cuenta con Leandro García Morales, Rubén Wolkowisky, Mark Bortz, Kevin Young, Joaquín y Martín Osimani.

Universo/BRB de Brasilia ganó el Grupo C al dominar al campeón de la Liga Nacional de Argentina, Libertad Sunchales. Otro equipo fuerte en el grupo lo fue Flamengo que quedó eliminado al perder ante Libertad, abriendo la puerta para Universo que cuenta con figuras como Valtinho, Alex García, Estevam Ferreira, Arthur Luiz y Marcio Cipriano.

Finalmente los Halcones de Xalapa dominaron en el Grupo D de la Liga de las Américas con victorias sobre Quimsa Santiago del Estero, COOPENAE Liceo de Costa Rica y Soles de Mexicali. Los Halcones tienen marca de 44-2 en la liga mexicana que es una de las de mayor crecimiento en América. Jugadores como Leroy Hickerson, Abdul Mills, Victor Mariscal, Victor Ávila y Gustavo Ayón hace de este equipo uno de los mas emocionantes. También cuentan con Lorenzo Mata, ex jugador de UCLA, que no pudo participar al estar lesionado.

El  “Final Four 2009” de la segunda edicion de la Liga de lasAmericas se jugará con el sistema de Round Robín (todos contra todos) los días 6, 7 y 8 de Febrero de 2009.

El calendario de los juegos sera el siguiente:

Viernes 6 de Febrero:

06:00 pm – Universo BRB (BRA)  vs. Minas Tenis Club (BRA)
08:15 pm – Halcones (MEX)   vs. Bigua (URU)

Sabado 7 de Febrero:

06:00 pm – Bigua (URU)   vs. Universo BRB (BRA)
08:15 pm - Minas Tenis Club (BRA)  vs. Halcones (MEX)

Domingo 8 de Febrero:

04:15 pm – Minas Tenis Club (BRA)  vs. Bigua (URU)
06:30 pm – Halcones (MEX)   vs. Universo BRB (BRA)

Los horarios son hora de Xalapa, Veracruz, MEX.

Los juegos que serán televisados todos por FOX Sports para todo el continente. 

Tambien puedes seguir los detalles juegos online en www.fibaamericas.com

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05:07PM, Fri 23 January 2009

Halcones UV Xalapa goes to the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League:

Halcones UV Xalapa goes to the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League:

XALAPA (FIBA Americas League) - Halcones UV Xalapa defeated Soles de Mexicali 86-78 to enter the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League. Halcones join Universo/BRB, Minas Tenis Clubé and Biguá in the final round to be played from February 6-8.

Mexican center Gustavo Ayon was key for Halcones with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks. Guard Abdul Mills netted 20 points and Victor Mariscal 12.

The first quarter was intense and with a low percentage of field goals made for both teams. James Penny led Soles with 9 points as they won the first ten minutes 17-16.

The offense by Halcones started to warm up in the second quarter starting with a three pointer by Victor Mariscal, that along with Gustavo Ayon in the paint, Abdul Mills and Victor Avila gave Halcones a good lead. A three point play by Ayon and a long range basket by Mills finally gave them a 39-32 halftime lead.

Ayón had 11 points, Mariscal 8, Mills and Ávila 7 each at halftime. James Penny led with 11 points while Anthony Lever-Pedroza had 8 and Horacio Llamas 6.

Halcones had a comfortable lead in the third quarter after Mills made a basket to have a 51-36 lead with 7:45 left, but Soles head coach, Ivan Deniz, said to his players to remain calm and were cutting the lead as Lever-Pedroza made two free throws with 3.7 seconds left to leave the third quarter down 59-56.

A three pointer by Lever-Pedroza started the final quarter to tie the game at 59. Halcones attacked with Ayón, Hickerson and Truitt while Lever-Pedroza kept Soles close. Finally Soles lost many balls while Mills and Ayon sealed the game from the free throw line.

Anthony Lever-Pedroza led Soles with 25 points while Horacio Llamas had 20 and James Penny 15.

In the two editions of the FIBA Americas League a Mexican team has been in the Final Four, being the first Soles de Mexicali who exactly one year ago eliminated Halcones de Xalapa in the quarterfinals to enter the final stage of the league.

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05:02PM, Fri 23 January 2009

2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played in Mexico:

2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played in Mexico:

SAN JUAN (FIBA Americas Championship) - The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship will be played from August 18-31 in Mexico City, Mexico. This tournament offers four spots in the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.

The host facility for one of the groups is Palacio de los Deportes that has a capacity for 23,000 fans and will also host the second phase, semifinals and finals. The host for the other group is expected to be named later.

The countries already qualified are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, México, Puerto Rico,Uruguay, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela. The ten national teams are divided into two groups of five teams each where the top four per group enters the Quarterfinals that is played in a Round Robin format.

The best four teams in the quarterfinals enter the semifinals and automatically enter the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Players like Eduardo Nájera (Mexico), Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Esteban Batista (Uruguay), Luis Scola (Argentina), Al Horford (Dominican Republic), Carlos Arroyo and José Juan Barea (Puerto Rico) are expected to play.

The 2010 FIBA World Championship will have 24 participating countries where 18 enter via the Continental tournaments along with the organizer (Turkey), the Olympic Championship (United States) and four invited by FIBA.

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06:47PM, Tue 20 January 2009

Group D of the FIBA Americas League starts tonight:

XALAPA (FIBA Americas League) - Halcones de Xalapa, Soles de Mexicali, Quimsa Santiago del Estero and COOPENAE Liceo de Costa Rica start today their journey towards the final spot in the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League with the beginning of Group D action.

Halcones Xalapa are the leaders of LNBP with a 42-2 record and last year they were the champions after beating Soles de Mexicali 4-3 in the finals. Their main import players are Abdul Mills, Leroy Hickerson and Dontae Truitt. Their key local players are Victor Mariscal, Gustavo Ayón, Victor Ávila and Raymond Castillo.

Soles de Mexicali was the only Mexican team to enter the Final Four in the first edition of the FIBA Americas League where they finished in second place. greg Lewis, DeJuan Wheat and James Penny are their imports while Hugo Carrillo and Anthony Lever-Pedroza will be key on offense.

Quimsa Santiago del Estero was invited into the FIBA Americas League and has a 4-10 record in the second phase of Liga Nacional in Argentina. Brazilian import Wanderson will join Nakeia Miller and Brandon Mason as their imports. Gabriel Mikulas, Julio Mázzaro and Jonathan Treise lead the way for Quimsa.

Finally COOPENAE Liceo de Costa Rica entered the league by winning the Central American League for Clubs. The team has many weeks training and their local players are Ricardo Durán, Jaytheiv Davis, Andrés Umaña, Jeffry Spencer, Henry Martínez, Daniel Simmons, Delio Brenes, Iván Jaen and Cristian Chavarría. Their imports are Tim Jennings, Kendrick Jones and Justin Leigth. The team is coached by Rodolfo Fonseca.

On day 1 Quimsa takes on Soles (18:10) and Halcones closes against Liceo at 20:20.

The best team in the group enters the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League to be played from February 6-8.

The teams who already qualified into the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League are Minas Tenis Clubé (Brazil), Biguá (Uruguay) and Universo/BRB (Brazil).

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07:06AM, Sun 18 January 2009

Libertad wins but Universo enters the Final Four:

Libertad wins but Universo enters the Final Four:

SUNCHALES (FIBA Americas League) - Libertad Sunchales defeated Flamengo Rio de Janeiro 93-84 but was not enough to enter the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League. Universo/BRB enters the final part of the tournament after beating Libertad yesterday by 19 points (89-70).

After the result where Universo barely defeated Deportes Castro, Libertad came out to do anything possible in order to win by 35 points, difference needed for the Argentinean team to go into the finals. Flamengo only needed a win and there was not room for a loss.

Led by Willie Farley and an excellent defense Libertad won the first quarter 24-18 and finished with a 47-33 halftime lead. Farley netted 19 points and was followed by Jason Osborne with 10. Marcelinho Machado led Flamengo with 10 points at halftime.

Libertad had a 23 point lead (67-44) with three minutes left in the third quarter and finished up 76-54.

Flamengo reacted in the final quarter with a 14-2 run to close the game 78-68 but they ran out of fuel when Marcelinho started missing from three point range.

In the win Willie Farley scored 25 points, Jason Osborne 19, Alejandro Zilli and Sebastián Ginóbili 11 each.

Marcelinho Machado led Flamengo with 23 points while his brother Duda had 19.

Universo/BRB joins Minas Tenis from Brazil and Bigua of Uruguay as the teams who already entered the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League to be played from February 6-8. The fourth team that enters will be known after group D to be played from january 20-22 in Xalapa, Mexico. The participants are Halcones UV Xalapa, Soles de Mexicali, Quimsa (Argentina) and COOPENAE Liceo of Costa Rica.

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05:00AM, Sun 18 January 2009

Wins for Arecibo and Joinville at the start of International Tournament:

JOINVILLE - Capitanes de Arecibo and host Ciser/Araldite/Univille won at the start of the International Tournament played at Joinville from January 16-18. This tournament serves as preparation for Liga Nacional in Brazil while Arecibo prepares for Baloncesto Superior Nacional of Puerto Rico.

In the first game Capitanes de Arecibo defeated Minas Tenis Clube 82-65. The series between them is currently 2-1 as Arecibo won on the FIBA Americas League 95-81 and in Amsterdam Minas defeated the Puerto Rican team 69-66. Minas entered the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League by winning Group A by goal average.

Arecibo lost the first quarter 15-6 but recovered in the second quarter to finish the first half down 35-30. In the third quarter Arecibo continued to cut the lead and after 30 minutes the score was tied at 57.

In the final quarter Arecibo took control of the game after three pointers by Eddin Santiago, Wilfredo Pagán and Ángel "Buster" Figueroa and dominated that segment 25-8 to finish up 82-65.

Buster Figueroa led Arecibo with 27 points while David Cortes made 24 from the bench. Wilfredo Pagan netted 9 points and center Jeff Aubry scored 8 points while grabbing 12 rebounds.

Minas was led by former national team player Ricardo Probst who scored 21 points and Luiz Felipe had 9.

Arecibo was without Eric Rodriguez after releasing him prior to the trip while Minas missed their import guard Facundo Luis Sucatzky.

In the second game of day 1 Ciser/Araldite/Univille defeated Bauru 79-72 in overtime. Regulation finished tied at 66.

The schedule for the rest of the competition is as follows:

Saturday - 17/01
16h - Grsa Bauru vs Capitanes de Arecibo
18h - Ciser/Araldite/Univille vs Pitágoras/Minas

Sunday - 18/01
10h - Grsa Bauru vs Pitágoras/Minas
12h - Ciser/Araldite/Univille vs Capitanes de Arecibo

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06:10PM, Wed 14 January 2009

Flamengo among the favorites to win Group C:

Flamengo among the favorites to win Group C:

SUNCHALES (FIBA Americas League) - Flamengo Río de Janeiro is one of the favorites to win Group C of the FIBA Americas League to be played in Sunchales with a stellar roster. Their debut is today at 21:00 against Universo/BRB who they defeated in Campeonato Nacional finals in Brazil.

The team coached by Paulo Teixeira Sampaio has players like Marcelinho Machado, Helio Lima, Eduardo "Duda" Machado, Fernando Alvim, Frederico Lima and former NBA player Rafael "Baby" Araujo.

In addition to winning Campeonato Nacional over Universo, they also won their state championship in December over Cabo Frio/Sika. They were also the finalist in the South American League for Clubs.

The head coach of Flamengo said: "The first game will have a lot of nerves because we played in Campeonato Nacional finals. We are going to try and erase their strong points and establish the tempo of the game."

Flamengo dominated Campeonato Nacional Finals in three games. The first game had a score of 93-66, then 91-76 and 101-96. Marcelinho led the scorers with an average of 29.7 points and was followed by Duda with 17.7 per game.

They had a couple of warm ups and were practicing hard to be in the best condition for the FIBA Americas League. This tournament also serves as preparation for Liga Nacional that starts on January 28.

This group also features Libertad Sunchales from Argentina and Deportes Castro of Chile who open the competition at 19:00.

The winner of this group joins Minas Tenis of Brazil and Bigua of Uruguay in the Final Four to be played from February 6-8.

The games will be televised on FOX Sports en Español and live stats will be available on www.fibaamericas.com

Wednesday, January 14:

19:00 Libertad Sunchales vs Deportes Castro
21:00 Universo/BRB vs Flamengo

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11:57AM, Fri 9 January 2009

Time and matchups ready for Group C:

SUNCHALES (FIBA Americas League) - FIBA Americas announced the time and matchups for Group C of the FIBA Americas League that will be played from January 14-16 in Sunchales, Santa Fe, Argentina.

Group C has Libertad Sunchales, Deportes Castro (Chile), Universo/BRB and Flamengo Río de Janeiro, both from Brazil.

Official schedule:

Wednesday, January 14, 2009:
 
19:00  Libertad Sunchales vs Deportes Castro (CHI)
21:00  Universo BRB vs Flamengo
 
Thursday, January 15, 2009:
 
20:10   Flamengo vs Deportes Castro (CHI)
22:10   Universo BRB vs  Libertad Sunchales
 
Friday, January 16, 2009:
 
20:10  Deportes Castro (CHI) vs Universo BRB
22:10  Libertad Sunchales v Flamengo

*Local time of Sunchales.

The best team in the group enters the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League to be played from February 6-8. The teams who already qualified are Minas Tenis Clubé from Brazil Bigua of Uruguay.

The games will be televised on FOX Sports en Español and live stats will be available on www.fibaamericas.com

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02:04PM, Wed 31 December 2008

BRA - Minas finishes fifth at Haarlem Basketball Week:

BRA - Minas finishes fifth at Haarlem Basketball Week:

AMSTERDAM - Minas Tenis Clubé of Brazil finished fifth at Haarlem Basketball Week celebrated in Amsterdam. The Brazilian team defeated Astana Tigers 92-85 in overtime.

Joe Shipp was key again for Minas with 24 points. Luiz Felipe and Leandro Da Cruz Silva netted 17 points each while Guilherme Santos Hubner had 16.

In the loss Maxim Voyeikov scored 19 points while Anton Ponomarev and Yevgeniy Issakov had 14 each.

Astana dominated the first quarter 17-14 but at halftime Minas had a 33-32 lead. The second half was close until it ended tied at 71 to force the overtime period.

Now Minas will play at Liga Nacional of Brazil that starts on January 23. Then they play at the Final Four of the FIBA Americas League from February 6-8.

Final Standings:

1 - EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam
2 - Israel
3 - Netherlands
4 - EiffelTowers Den Bosch
5 - Minas Tenis Clubé
6 - Astana Tigers
7 - Capitanes de Arecibo
8 - Francis Marion University

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02:41PM, Tue 30 December 2008

PUR - Capitanes finish in seventh place at Haarlem Basketball Week:

AMSTERDAM - Capitanes de Arecibo finished in seventh place after dominating Francis Marion University 92-60 during their final game at Haarlem Basketball Week played in Amsterdam.

Arecibo won the first quarter 18-12 and at halftime they had the control by dominating 44-24. The Puerto Rican team had a 36 point lead (74-38) in order to get their first win in the tournament.

In the win Angel "Buster" Figueroa scored 15 points, Eric Rodríguez con 14, Rafael "Pachy" Cruz 13 and David Cortés 11. In a losing effort Kevin Clark netted 15 points.

In the final day, to be played on December 30, Minas Tenis from Brazil will take on Astana Tigers from Kazakhstan for fifth place. The third place game features the Netherlands against EiffelTowers Den Bosch and for first place Israel takes on EclipseJet MyGuide Amsterdam.

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02:38PM, Sun 28 December 2008

Arecibo falls to EiffelTowers:

AMSTERDAM - Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico) fell to EiffelTowers 74-71 and are now eliminated from the playoffs at Haarlem Basketball Week.

Kees Akerboom led the host team with 25 points while Jerome Beasley netted 23.

Angel "Buster" Figueroa led Capitanes with 26 points while Jeff Aubry had 21 points and 17 rebounds.

Arecibo finished the first round with an 0-3 record after falling to Minas Tenis Clubé (69-66) and Netherlands (90-69).

Now Arecibo will play for seventh place against Francis Marion University who is part of the NCAA Division II Basketball. The game will be played on December 29.

Minas Tenis qualified into the playoffs with a 2-1 record and plays Israel on December 28. The winner faces EiffelTowers in the semifinals. Minas won the 2007 edition of this tournament.

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09:49AM, Thu 25 December 2008

Arecibo loses again in Amsterdam:

AMSTERDAM - Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico) fell to Netherlands 90-69 to have a 0-2 record at the Haarlem Basketball Week played in Amsterdam.

Arecibo started the game by winning the first quarter 23-16. The team coached by David Rosario was losing their consistency in the offensive side as their only scorer was Angel Figueroa who netted 21 points. Their second best scorer was guard Eric Rodriguez who scored 10 points.

The first half finished 42-39 in favor of the Puerto Rican team that shot 12-26 from two points, 3-7 from three and 9-15 from the free throw line.

In the second half the representation of the Netherlands took control and with an excellent defensive effort held Capitanes to just 27 points in the final 20 minutes.

In the win Peter van Paassen scored 24 points, Robert Krabbendam 14 and Arvin Slagter 13.

The next game for Capitanes (0-2) is on December 27 against EiffelTowers. Meanwhile Minas Tenis Clube play the same team (EiffelTowers) on December 26.

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05:55PM, Wed 24 December 2008

Minas wins their second game at Haarlem Basketball Week

AMSTERDAM - Minas Tenis Clubé won their second game of the 2008 Haarlem Basketball Week after beating Holland 64-54 in Amsterdam.

Joe Shipp was key again for Minas after he led in scoring with 20 points. Luiz Felipe and Leandro Da Cruz Silva netted 11 each.

The first quarter finished tied at 15 but at halftime Minas had a 30-28 lead over the host.

Like the first game against Capitanes, the team coached by Flavio Davis executed better offensively during the second half and at the same time improved their defense for their comfortable win.

In a losing effort Peter van Paassen scored 18 points and Robert Krabbendam 12.

The next game for Minas is on December 26 against EiffelTowers. Meanwhile Capitanes de Arecibo play today against Holland.

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03:30PM, Tue 23 December 2008

Minas beat Capitanes in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM - Minas Tenis Clubé defeated capitanes de Arecibo 69-66 in the first day of competition in the Haarlem Basketball Week celebrated in Amsterdam.

Minas was led by Joe Shipp who netted 21 points and was followed by Leandro Da Cruz Silva who scored 14. Guard Facundo Sucatzky finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Murilo Becker did not played.

The first half finished 32-30 in favor of Capitanes and in the third quarter they extended the lead 56-48.

In the final quarter Minas reacted led by Shipp, Sucatzky and Leandro to get the win after they dominated 21-10.

In the second half Minas was more efficient from the field shooting 13-23 from two point range for 56.5% after having a slow start (7-27).

Buster Figueroa led Arecibo with 15 points and David Cortes had 14.

The next game for Minas is December 23 against Holland and Capitanes play the next day against the same team.

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06:05AM, Sat 6 December 2008

BRA - Listo el Grupo C y la Liga de las Américas:

BRASILIA (Liga de las Américas) - El Grupo C de la Liga de las Américas contará con Flamengo y Universo/BRB que fueron finalistas del Campeonato Nacional de Brasil. También tienen a Libertad Sunchales de Argentina (Campeón de la Liga Nacional) y Deportes Castro de Chile. Con la confirmación del equipo chileno la liga ya cuenta con sus 16 equipos para la competencia.

Flamengo de Río de Janeiro fue el campeón del pasado Campeonato Nacional al derrotar a Universo/BRB. El equipo es comandado por Marcelinho Machado su hermano Eduardo Machado, Helio Da Costa, entre otros.

Además de ser el campeón nacional, Flamengo fue finalista en la Liga Sudamericana de Clubes al caer ante Regatas Corrientes. En la pasada Liga de las Américas Flamengo terminó último en el Grupo C con marca de 1-2 al caer derrotados contra Boca Juniors y Defensor Sporting, su única victoria fue contra Minas Tenis quien eventualmente clasificó al Final Four.

Brasilia, hogar de Universo/BRB, es la sede del Grupo C de este evento. Universo viene de ser finalista en el Canpeonato Nacional y semifinalista en la Liga Sudamericana de Clubes 2008. Jugadores como Valtinho Silva, Arthur Luiz, Ratto Fonseca y Estevam Ferreira comandan al equipo brasileño.

Libertad Sunchales es el actual campeón de la Liga Nacional de Argentina y en la pasada Liga de las Américas cayó en los cuartos de final contra Minas Tenis. El liderato de Sebastián Ginóbili va a ser clave junto a Gustavo Oroná, Andrés Pelussi, Pablo Moldú y Jason Osborne.

Deportes Castro, comandados por los importados PJ Mills y Roy Morris, se encuentran a un paso de llegar a la semifinal de la DIMAYOR y luchar por el título.

Con la confirmación de Deportes Castro la Liga de las Américas ya cuenta con 16 equipos y tiene listo sus cuatro grupos para empezar la competencia.

Grupo A: 9-11 de diciembre, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
Minas Tenis Clubé (Brasil)
Merengueros de Santo Domingo (República Dominicana)
Pioneros de Quintana Roo (México)

Grupo B: 16-18 diciembre, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Peñarol Mar del Plata (Argentina)
Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)
Universidad Concepción (Chile)
Biguá (Uruguay)

Grupo C: 14-16 de enero, Brasilia, Brasil

Flamengo Rio de Janeiro (Brasil)
Universo/BRB (Brasil)
Libertad Sunchales (Argentina)
Deportes Castro (Chile)

Grupo D: 20-22 de enero, México

Soles de Mexicali (México)
Halcones de Xalapa (México)
Quimsa Santiago del Estero (Argentina)
Liceo de San José (Costa Rica)

Los ganadores de cada Grupo pasan al Final Four de la liga. El Final Four se jugará del 6 al 8 de febrero en una sede por determinarse.

Los juegos se televisarán por FOX Sports en Español para toda América y la información oficial del torneo, incluyendo estadísticas en vivo y noticias estarán en www.fibaamericas.com

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FIBA Americas League confirmed their 16 teams:

BRASILIA (FIBA Americas League) - Group C of the FIBA Americas League will have Flamengo and Universo/BRB who were finalists in Campeonato Nacional of Brazil. They will also have Libertad Sunchales who was the champion of Liga Nacional in Argentina and Deportes Castro of Chile. The 16 teams of the 2008/2009 FIBA Americas League are ready after the confirmation of the Chilean team.

Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro won Campeonato Nacional after beating Universo/BRB. The team is led by international star Marcelinho Machado along with his brother Eduardo, Helio Da Costa, among others.

In addition to their national championship, Flamengo was the finalist in Liga Sudamericana after losing to Regatas Corrientes. In the first edition of the FIBA Americas League Flamengo finished last in Group C with a 1-2 record after losing to Boca Juniors and Defensor Sporting, their only win was against Minas Tenis who eventually entered the Final Four.

Brasilia, home of Universo/BRB, is the host of Group C. Universo was the finalist of Campeonato Nacional and a semifinalist in Liga Sudamericana 2008. Players like Valtinho Silva, Arthur Luiz, Ratto Fonseca and Estevam Ferreira lead the Brazilian team.

Libertad Sunchales is the current champion of Liga Nacional in Argentina and in the last edition of the FIBA Americas League they lost in the quarterfinals to Minas Tenis. The leadership by Sebastian Ginobili will be key along with Gustavo Oroná, Andrés Pelussi, Pablo Moldú and Jason Osborne.

Deportes Castro, led by imports PJ Mills aand Roy Morris, are one step away from reaching the DIMAYOR semifinals and fight for the title.

With the confirmation of Deportes Castro, the FIBA Americas League has their 16 teams and has their four groups ready for the competition.

Group A: December 9-11, Arecibo, Puerto Rico

Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
Minas Tenis Clubé (Brazil)
Merengueros de Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
Pioneros de Quintana Roo (Mexico)

Group B: December 16-18, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Peñarol Mar del Plata (Argentina)
Regatas Corrientes (Argentina)
Universidad Concepción (Chile)
Biguá (Uruguay)

Group C: January 14-16, Brasilia, Brasil

Flamengo Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
Universo/BRB (Brazil)
Libertad Sunchales (Argentina)
Deportes Castro (Chile)

Group D: January 20-22, México

Soles de Mexicali (Mexico)
Halcones de Xalapa (Mexico)
Quimsa Santiago del Estero (Argentina)
Liceo de San José (Costa Rica)

The winners of each group will reach the Final Four. The FIBA Americas League Final Four is scheduled to be played from February 6-8 in a country to be determined later.

The games will be televised on FOX Sports en Español and the information and live stats will be seen on www.fibaamericas.com.

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04:29AM, Thu 16 October 2008

Arecibo a la final del Torneo William Ramírez:

Arecibo a la final del Torneo William Ramírez:

MANAGUA - Los Capitanes de Arecibo dominaron a Policía Nacional de Honduras con marcador de 102-81 en la semifinal del Torneo Internacional William Ramírez celebrado en Nicaragua. Ahora los boricuas se medirán a Houston Blaze en la final del torneo en la noche del miércoles.

David Cortés sigue dominando en este torneo, anotando 25 puntos en la semifinal seguido de Buster Figueroa con 23. Christopher "Fifo" Vega y Eric Rodríguez anotaron 12 puntos cada uno.

Por los hondureños Noel McKenzie agregó 21 y Juan Francisco Reyes terminó con 12.

Por su parte Policía Nacional se medirá a FUPADE Coast por el tercer lugar del torneo.

Resultados:

Ronda Preliminar:

Arecibo 106 vs FUPADE Coast 93
Arecibo 94 vs ICEVIC 88
Arecibo 113 vs Vikingos 88

 

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06:59AM, Fri 26 September 2008

Meléndez es el primer jugador nacido en Puerto Rico en firmar con los Harlem Globetrotters:

Meléndez es el primer jugador nacido en Puerto Rico en firmar con los Harlem Globetrotters:
PONCE (BSN) - Orlando Meléndez se convirtió en el primer jugador nacido en Puerto Rico en firmar un contrato con los Harlem Globetotters. El anuncio fue hecho en la mañana de hoy por el equipo.
 
El ponceño se unirá a los entrenamientos del equipo este lunes, 29 de septiembre junto a cuatro novatos, incluyendo al jamaiquino Trevor Lawrence. El equipo se estará preparando para su temporada 83 dando su gira alrededor del Mundo.
 
Los Globetrotters han tenido un total de 18 jugadores nacidos fuera de Estados Unidos entre los 650 que han jugado durante su historia.
 
El campo de entrenamiento culmina en Harlem el miércoles, 8 de octubre a las 10:30 de la mañana y jugarán ante los Washington Generals. Ese juego dará comienzo a su gira mundial del 2009.
 
Durante su larga historia el equipo ha jugado en seis continentes y 119 países entreteniendo a sobre 128 millones de fanáticos.
 
Meléndez tiene nueve temporadas en nuestro torneo y jugó en el 2008 con los Cangrejeros de Santurce. El jugador, graduado de North Carolina, tiene experiencia internacional en Luxemburgo y Holanda.
 
Otros boricuas nacidos en Estados Unidos que han jugado en los Globetrotters son SirValiant Brown Martínez y Orlando "Huracán" Antigua.
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04:49PM, Thu 25 September 2008

Boricuas en el exterior:

Boricuas en el exterior:
Los hermanos Eddin y Orlando Santiago firmaron en la Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional en México y debutarán esta noche como parte de la séptima jornada.

Eddin "Guayito" Santiago firmó con los Venados de Nuevo Laredo quienes tienen marca de 0-6 y juegan ante los Bravos que cuentan con marca de 5-1 y se encuentran en el segundo lugar de la Zona Norte. Guayito estuvo jugando para los Cangrejeros de Santurce en el 2008 donde promedió 6 puntos y 3 asistencias en 28 juegos.

Por su parte Guayacán firmó con las Panteras de Aguascalientes donde será compañero del ponceño Gabriel "Pirulo" Colón. Panteras firmó a Guayacán al no contar con un armador "sólido y confiable" que pudiera correr la ofensiva. Las Panteras (4-2) se enfrentan a los Santos Reales este fin de semana.

Durante su carrera Guayacán ha sido uno de los mejores armadores del BSN, ayudando a los Cangrejeros de Santurce ganar seis campeonatos gracias a su manejo de balón y sangre fría a la hora de ejecutar un tiro en el momento clave. Santiago tuvo experiencia internacional con el Boca Juniors de Argentina en la temporada 2000-2001 donde promedió 10.2 puntos.

La apertura de la Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional le ha dado al jugador boricua la oportunidad de obtener mas experiencia internacional. La LNBP acepta cinco refuerzos por equipo. Al momento hay quince boricuas jugando en la LNBP, entre ellos Giovanni Jiménez, Sammy Villegas y Keenan Jourdon (Dorados de Chihuahua); Luis Villafañe y Robert Rocha (Potros); Fernando Ortiz (Santos Reales), Ricardo Meléndez (Tecos UAG), Franklin Western y Alex Falcón (Halcones de Córdoba); Alejandro "Bimbo" Carmona (Fuerza Regia), Harry Ramírez (Loros) y Karim Malpica (Algonoderos).

Hinson activo en Australia:

La Liga Nacional de Australia comenzó y el nieto de boricuas, Darnell Hinson, se encuentra jugando para los Perth Wildcats quienes vienen de perder ante los Dragons 91-87.

Hinson hizo 4 puntos, 4 rebotes y 6 asistencias en la derrota de su equipo. En la primera jornada los Dragons los derrotaron 97-81 donde Hinson anotó 14 puntos y repartió 5 asistencias.

Reyes luce en causa perdida:

El delantero Ángelo Reyes anotó 19 puntos y capturó 13 rebotes en derrota de Hebraica contra Atenas 90-71 en la novena fecha de la Liga Uruguaya.

Hebraica se encuentra en el cuarto lugar de la liga con marca de 6-3.

Cruz en Hungría:

El armador Alvin Cruz se encuentra en Hungría probando suerte con el club Soproni Sordogok de la División A.

Cruz, quien fue armador suplente de los subcampeones Gigantes de Carolina, podría unirse a Sharif Fajardo, quien firmó meses atrás con el Atomeromu en la misma liga.

La última experiencia internacional de Cruz fue con el Znicz de Polonia donde promedió 8.6 puntos y 4.3 asistencias.

Toro cerca del primer lugar:

El dirigente boricua Julio Toro tiene marca de 10-2 al mando de Norte de Santander en la Copa Invitacional de la Federación Colombiana.

Su equipo viene de vencer a los Patriotas 99-72 como parte de la duodécima fecha.

Ahora se miden este viernes y sábado a los Arrieros, quienes tienen marca de 12-0 y están en el primer lugar.

Toro es asistido por el boricua Ramón Meléndez que tiene mucha experiencia en el baloncesto venezolano dirigiendo en la liga profesional y nacional en años anteriores.

López dejado libre en Chile:

El centro Iván López fue dejado libre por el club Universidad Católica de Chile al perderse los juegos contra Provincial Osorno y Deportivo Valdivia de la DIMAYOR.

El dirigente del club, Miguel Ureta, indicó que “el jugador fue separado del equipo, al no cumplir una regla básica del plantel”. “Se estaba acoplando bien, pero parece que está equivocado en ciertos códigos que maneja y que son distintos a los nuestros y de otros equipos”, dijo el dirigente al portal www.lacatolica.cl.

Hernán Ossa, Presidente del club de baloncesto, dijo: “Estamos muy tristes, habíamos buscado un jugador interno y al fin lo teníamos. Pero en este club los principios y la disciplina están por encima de los aspectos puramente deportivos. El jugador tuvo una actitud no acorde a nuestras políticas y procedimientos y fue separado definitivamente del plantel”.

López se perdió los juegos durante el fin de semana del 12-14 de septiembre. El boricua fue anunciado como refuerzo del club a finales del mes de agosto.

En la temporada pasada López fue suspendido indefinidamente luego de un incidente con el dirigente de los Vaqueros de Bayamón y del equipo nacional, Manolo Cintrón.

Rivera debuta en Alemania:

Filiberto Rivera anotó 10 puntos y repartió 2 asistencias en derrota de Brose Baskets contra Ratiopharm Ulm 66-64 en la primera jornada de la Liga de Alemania.

Rivera tiró de 4-1 de campo (0-2 de tres) y de 10-8 del tiro libre en 31 minutos.

En la segunda jornada se medirán al BG 74 este domingo, 28 de septiembre.

Otro boricua firmado en Alemania es Nathan Peavy que no vió acción en la primera jornada. Peavy es reserva de los Brujos de Guayama.

Arroyo aporta 13 puntos:

Carlos Arroyo hizo 13 puntos en derrota del Maccabi Tel Aviv contra el CSKA Moscú 76-59 para terminar en el cuarto lugar de la Copa Alexander Gomelsky.

Arroyo fue el mejor anotador y le siguió Rodney White con 12 puntos.

 

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06:13AM, Thu 28 August 2008

2008 Centrobasket Tournament begins in Chetumal and Cancun:

CANCUN (Centrobasket) – The 2008 Centrobasket Tournament begins today in the cities of Chetumal and Cancun. The best four teams in the tournament will get a berth for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

Group A, to be played in Chetumal, has Mexico, Dominican Republic, US Virgin Islands and El Salvador. On day 1 Mexico plays El Salvador and Dominican Republic takes on USVI.

The Mexicans have Omar Quintero, Anthony Lever and Horacio Llamas as their main players. They also have young players like Lorenzo Mata and Gustavo Ayón who will help this team during the tournament.

Meanwhile the Dominicans look as the favorites with NBA players Francisco Garcia and Al Horford. They also haave veteran Franklyn Western who is one of the best scorers in the region.

US Virgin Islands was one of the surprises in the last tournament where they won Silver after beating Puerto Rico in the semifinal. Some of the players of that team are still here like Jason Edwin, Kevin Sheppard and Cuthbert Victor.

Group B has Cancun as their host city and have Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama and Costa Rica.

The Puerto Ricans are the other favorite to win the tournament led by Carlos Arroyo and Larry Ayuso who are their main offensive weapons. The team has a lot of depth in their guard positions including NBA player Jose Juan Barea along with Joel Jones, Filiberto Rivera and Javier Mojica. Carmelo Lee and Angel Vassallo will give a lot of offense from the perimeter.

Panama and Cuba will bring renovated teams to the tournament. The Cubans have enjoyed better performances every year and hope to qualify in this tournament with a young team that has played in many competitions together. Meanwhile Panama is the defending champion having Jair Peralta and Jaime Lloreda as their stars.

The two best teams go to the semifinal and automatically qualify for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

The live stats will be on www.fibaamericas.com and live video streaming is available on www.mediasports.tv.

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04:06PM, Fri 22 August 2008

Puerto Rican team for Centrobasket Tournament

The 12 players that will represent Puerto Rico in the 2008 Centrobasket Tournament (August 27-31) are:

Player

D.O.B

Height

Weight

Pos

Team

Carlos Arroyo

7/30/1979

6'2"

202

PG

Maccabi Tel Aviv (ISR)

José Juan Barea

5/26/1984

5'11"

175

PG

Dallas Mavericks (USA, NBA)

Filiberto Rivera

9/28/1982

6'2"

180

PG

Brose Baskets Bamberg (GER)

Larry Ayuso

3/23/1977

6'1"

200

SG

Cangrejeros Santurce (PUR)

Javier Mojica

8/31/1984

6'1"

190

SG

AZS Kozsalin (POL)

Joel Jones Camacho

7/17/1981

6'6"

210

SG

Politechnika (POL)

Carmelo Antrone Lee

6/7/1977

6'7"

205

SF

Conquistadores Guaynabo (PUR)

Ángel Daniel Vassallo

4/21/1986

6'6"

216

SF

Virginia Tech (NCAA)

Alexander Falcón

11/20/1973

6'7"

225

PF

Cangrejeros Santurce (PUR)

Ángel Rosa Clemente

7/29/1984

6'10"

240

PF

Capitanes Arecibo (PUR)

Ángelo Reyes

9/18/1981

6'8"

255

PF

Hebraica Macabi (URU)

Luis Villafañe

6/21/1981

6'10"

245

C

Gigantes Carolina (PUR)

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09:45AM, Thu 7 August 2008

Time to think about our basketball:

Is time to sit down and analyze the status of basketball in Puerto Rico after the result of the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Athens, Greece.

During the preparation phase some players came to practice, at the start of the training the Superior League was still playing the Super 6 and then the finals. The league finished two weeks prior to the tournament in Athens.

The management of the national team arranged to play some series of warm up games against strong teams prior to the tournament in Athens. Those games were against Germany, Slovenia, Greece, New Zealand and Iran.

Puerto Rico had a 3-2 record in those warm up games but the only problem was that the whole team didn’t play together until the final stages of the itinerary. In part the absence of key players affected Puerto Rico’s performance in Athens.

First the commitment of the players to represent Puerto Rico and be in the practices from day 1 until the final game of any competition is key in order to have the best possible result out of any international event. Over the years Puerto Rico has performed well in the international stage but the local fans know the team can have a better result. The tendency has been to start slow and then show signs of their potential like in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship.

We have to accept that basketball is improving in all the regions in the World, including in Central America and the Caribbean. Many years ago Puerto Rico dominated the competition in regional tournament, but that is not the case anymore after a Bronze medal performance in the 2006 Centrobasket Tournament which forced us to play for the first time ever in the CBC Championship.

Also the national team has to invite more players to have a better view of all the talent available and make all of them feel that they have a chance to compete for a spot for any tournament.

In order to save basketball the local authorities have to sit down and analyze ways to improve basketball in every level and create a structured plan to run all the leagues and national teams. FIBA, among other organizations offer support to educate everyone in order to improve the level of basketball in the region. Everyone has to be a part of that transformation, from fans to sponsors to secure the future of basketball in our island.

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01:56PM, Tue 15 July 2008

Puerto Rico starts their journey towards the Olympics:

Puerto Rico starts their journey towards the Olympics:

The FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men already started with no surprises as New Zealand, Slovenia, Croatia and Greece won on day 1. The Puerto Rican team makes their debut on day 2 against Cameroon who lost to Croatia 93-79.

Puerto Rico looks to grab one of the three spots left in the 2008 Olympic Games in this tournament played in Athens, city that was also the host of the 2004 Olympics, site of their greatest triumph against the United States 92-73.

The team goes without forward Angelo Reyes and guard Rick Apodaca, both members of the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship team that finished in third place. Both are not available due to personal reasons. The loss of Reyes is huge for the team not only because he was going to be one of the starters, but he also was one of the best rebounders in the team. Apodaca was the proven player at the shooting guard position coming from the bench.

Now the team has new faces like Javier Mojica, who played in Puerto Rico for Cariduros de Fajardo, and in the NCAA with Central Connecticut State. He is known for being a good scorer and knows how to play defense but many fans question his height at this level but there is no doubt that he has the will to perform well in this event.

Joel Jones also comes in the tournament, during the trials he impressed everyone after a season with some injuries in Ponce, but despite the injuries he enjoyed a very good season. Of all the players, Jones is the best athlete of the team being one of the fastest and his leaping ability is great. He could help bringing in some rebounds if needed.

Luis Villafañe comes in as one of the many prospects in the center position. Villafañe played for Gigantes de Carolina and graduated from Niagara University. He is an intelligent player that does his job on the paint especially grabbing rebounds and intimidating.

Guard Filiberto Rivera works as the third point guard of the team. During his career he has executed in clutch moments and is a good ball handler. He played in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship and has some years of experience in the national team.

Alex Falcon of Cangrejeros de Santurce comes in for Reyes. During his career Falcon has done his job on the paint and his experience is valuable for this team. He can do a little bit of everything and contribute inside for this team.

Center Daniel Santiago returns to the team after one year out of the national team. Santiago has the experience, he always plays at a high level and brings consistency to the position. He is known for getting in foul trouble early but this time he doesn't have a lot of responsabilities like when he came in after Jose Ortiz retired. Now he will share time with Peter John Ramos and might play together with him some times.

Jose Juan Barea is one of the rising stars in our basketball and is a Dallas Maverick for many years. Barea along with Carlos Arroyo are the point guards of the team, so Puerto Rico is in good hands with two of the best guards in the region.

Sharpshooter Larry Ayuso continues representing the island and had a good season with Santurce. The team needs his precision from the three point line to create more opportunities offensively and his experience will help the team achieve their goal.

Carmelo Lee is one of the most complete players in our league, can score, defend and also pass the ball effectively. He needs more consistency but even in an off day he contributes on both sides of the floor.

Ricky Sanchez is another young player with a bigger role this time as a power forward. He is better suited for the small forward position because of his long range but the team needs him down low helping the centers at getting the rebounds.

The pressure could be on center Peter John Ramos to show that he has what it takes to be the starting center of the national team for many years to come. From a very young age he has represented the island and his is a great time to show everything to the fans in the island and internationally.

Puerto Rico has a good chance to qualify for the Olympics and when they are concentrated in their goal they are almost unstopabble.

Their debut at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament is against Cameroon on July 15 then against Croatia on the 16. With a win against Cameroon they secure a pass to the quarterfinals.

In other notes, the Puerto Rican Junior (U18) National Team is playing at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and started by crushing Bahamas 97-65 led by Carlos Lopez with 24 points and 10 boards. They will face Venezuela and USA in the preliminary round as part of Group B.

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02:36PM, Fri 11 July 2008

Puerto Rico loses to Slovenia, makes final cut:

Puerto Rico loses to Slovenia, makes final cut:

MARIBOR (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament) - Puerto Rico fell to Slovenia 79-68 to finish their tour of warm up games at the Alpos Cup prior to the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament that starts on July 14 in Athens, Greece.

In a losing effort Carlos Arroyo led Puerto Rico with 21 points as he made his debut for the team in Europe. Daniel Santiago netted 16 points and Peter John Ramos 7.

Rasho Nesterovic led the winners with 16 points and Domen Lorbek 15.

Slovenia dominated the whole game by winning the first quarter 21-14 and at halftime they controlled the game 41-28.

The Puerto Ricans finished with a 3-2 record in their warm up games in Germany and Slovenia.

Now the team moves to Greece for their big tournament as they try to grab one of the three spots remaining in the 2008 Olympic Games. Their debut is on July 15 against Cameroon.

2008 Puerto Rican National Team:

Player Height Position Team Carlos Arroyo 6’2" PG Orlando Magic (NBA) José Juan Barea 5’11" PG Dallas Mavericks (NBA) Filiberto Rivera 6’2" PG Gigantes de Carolina Larry Ayuso 6’2" SG Cangrejeros de Santurce Javier Mojica 6’1" SG Cariduros de Fajardo Joel Jones Camacho 6’6" SG/SF Leones de Ponce Carmelo Antrone Lee 6’7" SF Conquistadores de Guaynabo Ricky Sánchez 6’11" PF Grises de Humacao Alexander Falcón 6’7" PF Cangrejeros de Santurce Peter John Ramos 7’3" C Criollos de Caguas Daniel Santiago 7’1" C Unicaja Málaga (ACB) Luis Villafañe 6’10" C Gigantes de Carolina

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09:01AM, Thu 10 July 2008

Puerto Rico defeated Iran to keep their perfect record at Alpos Cup

Puerto Rico defeated Iran to keep their perfect record at Alpos Cup

MARIBOR (Alpos Cup) - Puerto Rico defeated Iran 83-80 to continue undefeated in two games at Alpos Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. Their final game will be against Slovenia at 2:00 PM local time (Puerto Rico).

In the win Jose Juan Barea netted 17 points while Daniel Santiago had 15, Peter John Ramos 14 and Javier Mojica 10. The team shot 24-42 from two points, 6-21 from three and 17-19 from the free throw line.

The Puerto Ricans controlled most of the first quarter and after a 15-10 lead with 3:44 left, Iran made a 8-0 run that finished with a three pointer by Hamed Afagh Eslameh to claim a 18-15 lead.

In the second quarter Iran continued dominating based on their three pointers with four of them and their consistent trips to the free throw line to finish with a 45-32 lead.

Iran was led in the first half by Mahdi Kamrany and Hamed Sohrabnejad with 9 points each while Hamed Afagh Eslameh had 8 and  Iman Zandi Mashhady 7.

In the third quarter Iran had a 53-40 lead but the Puerto Ricans reacted with a 8-0 run including three pointers by Javier Mojica and Filiberto Rivera with 3:57 left to close the game 53-48. Daniel Santiago dunked the ball to tie the game at 55 with 1:16 left but Iran made two straight three pointers to finish up 61-55.

Iran took a 66-57 lead with 8:15 left in the game and Puerto Rico reacted again thanks to a great effort by Javier Mojica, Peter John Ramos and Daniel Santiago. Mojica scored a three pointer to give Puerto Rico a 77-76 lead and Ramos gave the team an 81-80 lead with 18 seconds left. Finally Ricky Sanchez made two free throws with six seconds left to leave the game 83-80.

Hamed Ehadadi had 17 points and Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami 14. Iran made eleven three pointers in 23 attempts.

The Alpos Cup continues tomorrow as Puerto Rico faces Slovenia and New Zealand faces Iran.

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07:36AM, Wed 9 July 2008

Puerto Rico reacts to beat New Zealand:

Puerto Rico reacts to beat New Zealand:

MARIBOR (Alpos Cup) - Puerto Rico reacted in the second half to beat New Zealand 82-74 at the start of Alpos Cup in Maribor, Slovenia.

New Zealand won the first quarter 18-12 and had a 36-29 halftime advantage where Kirk Penney led with 13 points while Mika Vukona netted 8.

Both teams had bad percentages from the field at halftime where New Zealand shot 7-18 from two points, 6-21 from three and 4-6 from the line. Puerto Rico was 8-18 from two, 3-11 from three and 4-6 from the free throw line.

 

Ricky Sanchez and Jose Juan Barea led with 5 points. Puerto Rico closed the lead with a 13-6 run to be down at half by seven points.

In the third quarter New Zealand had a good lead until the Puerto Ricans ended with a 15-6 run that finished with a three pointer by Larry Ayuso to be dowwn 56-55.

The last tie was at 59 where Paora Winitana made a free throw but Puerto Rico was led by Joel Jones, Jose Barea, Alex Falcon and Daniel Santiago to take the lead and never look back.

Barea led Puerto Rico with 13 points and was followed by Joel Jones and Larry Ayuso with 12 each. Daniel Santiago had 11 points and 7 boards in his debut.

 

Kirk Penney netted 24 points and Craig Bradshaw 13 in a losing effort.

Puerto Rico faces Iran tomorrow at 11:30 AM local time (PUR).

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03:07AM, Sun 6 July 2008

Greece beats Puerto Rico to win the Supercup

Greece beats Puerto Rico to win the Supercup

BAMBERG (FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men) – Greece defeated Puerto Rico 93-86 in the final of the Supercup in Bamberg, Germany.

Antonios Fotsis of Panathinaikos led with 17 points while Vasilios Spanoulis had 16 and Sofoklis Schortsanitis 14.

Greece dominated the whole game with a 32-26 first quarter lead and then a 61-49 halftime advantage over the Puerto Ricans.

In a losing effort Jose Juan Barea had 32 points and 5 assists while Ricky Sanchez netted 16, Joel Jones 14 and Javier Mojica along with Filiberto Rivera had 8 points each. Peter John Ramos grabbed 10 boards.

The Greeks shot 11-18 three point range and 22-36 from two points for 61% while they were 16-31 from the free throw line. Puerto Rico shot 13-27 from three points but 14-33 from two points for 45% while they had a good performance from the free throw line shooting 19-25.

The Puerto Rican team moves tomorrow to Maribor, Slovenia where they start their second part of their warm up schedule starting on July 8 in a tournament that features New Zealand, Iran and the host.

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08:31AM, Sat 5 July 2008

PUR - Puerto Rico beats Germany and plays Greece in the finals of the Supercup:

PUR - Puerto Rico beats Germany and plays Greece in the finals of the Supercup:

BAMBERG (National Team) - Puerto Rico defeated Germany 85-83 to close the first day of the Supercup in Bamberg. The Puerto Ricans play Greece on July 5 at 10:00 AM local time in Puerto Rico.

Jose Juan Barea netted 24 points, grabbed 5 boards and dished out 2 assists just arriving from a trip from Dallas that included stops in San Juan and Madrid. Barea was in Dallas undergoing a physical test in order to later sign a two year deal with an option for a third with the Mavericks.

Barea made two straight three pointers, one with 6:17 left to put the game 65-63 and then another with 5:56 left to give Puerto Rico a 66-65 lead. Germany scored again to have a two point lead but a three pointer by Ricky Sanchez started a 9-0 run to have a 75-68 advantage. Puerto Rico was up 83-76 but the Germans made a final run to almost tie the game but Joel Jones sealed the game from the free throw line.

Jones also had 22 points shooting 9-7 from the field with five three pointers and 5-9 from the free throw line. Peter John Ramos had 11 points with 14 boards and Filiberto Rivera had 14 points.

The Puerto Ricans lost at halftime 39-32 after having a 16-13 first quarter lead. The reaction offensively came in the final quarter where they scored 33 points.

In a losing effort Dirk Nowitzki had 21 points with 11 boards while Pascal Roller netted 17.

In the first game of the tournament Greece defeated Slovenia 79-71 as Antonios Fotsis scored 17 points followed by Ioannis Bourousis with 13 and Dimitrios Diamantidis 11. Slovenia was led by Radoslav Nesterovic who scored 16 points.

This tournament is a warm up for the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men that starts on July 14 in Athens, Greece.

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04:28AM, Fri 4 July 2008

Puerto Rican team already in Bamberg:

Puerto Rican team already in Bamberg:

BAMBERG (National Team) - The Puerto Rican National Team arrived in Bamberg last night as they start their warmups for the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men.

The national team is training in duble session today for one hour and a half each. Then on July 4 they practice from 1:00-2:00 PM and then play against Germany in the start of the SuperCup in Bamberg that also features Greece and Slovenia. On July 5 the Puerto Rican Team practices from 10:00-11:00 Am and then play at 4:00 PM (local time) against the winner of loser of the game between Greece and Slovenia.

Jose Juan Barea will arrive prior to the first game in Bamberg while Carmelo Lee and Larry Ayuso arrive on July 5. Center Daniel Santiago arrives this Saturday.

On July 6 the team will move to Maribor, Slovenia where they play their second series of games in a tournament that aalso features Iran and New Zealand along with the host.

Angelo Reyes arrives on July 7 and point guard Carlos Arroyo on July 9 to complete the team..

Puerto Rico faces Slovenia on July 8 against New Zealand and then play Iran and finishes with Slovenia on July 10.

After finishing their warm up games they depart for Athens on July 11 via Vienna, Austria.

The 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men starts on July 14 and ends on July 20. Puerto Rico is in Group D along with Cameroon and Croatia. Puerto Rico plays Cameroon on the 15 and then Croatia the next day. The two best teams per group go to the quarterfinals and the winners go to the semifinals. In the semifinals the winners qualify directly to the 2008 Olympics and the losers play in the final day for the last spot.

The Puerto Rican team arrives home on July 22 from Madrid.

If they qualify for the Olympics they will play in Beijing from August 10-24 and then move for Cancun, Mexico for the Centrobasket Tournament from August 27-31.

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06:10AM, Tue 1 July 2008

Puerto Rican National Team names 13 players:

Puerto Rican National Team names 13 players:

The Puerto Rican National Team named 13 players for their commitments in Europe that will culminate in the 2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men in Athens, Greece.

Puerto Rico will be represented by Carlos Arroyo (Orlando Magic), José Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks), Filiberto Rivera (Gigantes de Carolina), Larry Ayuso (Cangrejeros de Santurce), Javier Mojica (Cariduros de Fajardo), Joel Jones Camacho (Leones de Ponce), Carmelo Lee (Conquistadores de Guaynabo), Alejandro ‘Bimbo’ Carmona (Gigantes de Carolina), Ángelo Reyes (Gigantes de Carolina), Ricky Sánchez (Grises de Humacao), Peter John Ramos (Criollos de Caguas), Daniel Santiago (Unicaja Málaga) and Luis Villafañe (Gigantes de Carolina).

Joel Jones travels with the team as insurance in case that a player gets injured before the tournament.

The Puerto Rican Team will start their warmup games on July 4 against Germany and then play the winner or loser of the game between Greece and Slovenia the next day.

Then the team travels to Slovenia as they start playing on July 8 in a tournament that features New Zealand, Iran and Slovenia. On July 8 they face New Zealand and then face Iran and Slovenia.

Finally the team plays in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament that starts on July 14 in Athens. Their debut is on July 15 against Cameroon and then play Croatia on the 16.

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08:23AM, Mon 30 June 2008

Arecibo won the BSN Championship:

Arecibo won the BSN Championship:

Capitanes de Arecibo won the BSN Championship in seven games by beating Gigantes de Carolina 99-94 at Coliseo Manuel 'Petaca' Iguina in front of 10,000 fans.

Angel 'Buster' Figueroa was selected as the MVP of the series as he ended with 33 points and 21 rebounds, a great performance where Figueroa had to carry the team on his shoulders because Rodney White and Karel Rosario were suspended. Bobby Joe Hatton had 20 points and 7 assists while Keenan Jourdon netted 16 and Rafael Cruz 13.

The game was close from start to finish where Carolina won the first quarter 27-25 but Arecibo recovered to win at halftime 52-48.

Arecibo got a 77-69 lead in the third quarter thanks to three pointers by Carlos Rivera and Buster Figueroa but Carolina came back and tied the game again to stay close.

Figueroa netted 12 points in the final quarter and Rafael Cruz along with Keenan Jourdon sealed the game from the free throw line to win the title.

In a losing effort Filiberto Rivera had 32 points, Ebi Ere 19 and Alejandro Carmona 16.

Arecibo has won three titles in their history, their first in 1959 and then in 2005.

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03:04PM, Sat 28 June 2008

BSN Finals goes to seventh game:

BSN Finals goes to seventh game:

The BSN Finals will play a seventh eventh game today in Arecibo after Gigantes de Carolina dominated game six 97-82.

Carolina dominated the first quarter 32-19 as Darius Rice scored 10 points, most of them on the paint, and Alvin Cruz was also key in giving Gigantes a good lead.

In the second quarter David Cortes and Carlos Rivera closed the game 34-30 with a pair of three pointers with 7:55 left. Carolina reacted with a 15-0 run to have a 49-30 lead with 3:49 left and after that Arecibo made a 14-0 run to close the half 49-44.

Rivera give Gigantes another huge lead with 13 points in the third quarter, including a half court three pointer and ended with a 79-62 lead with ten minutes left and never looked back.

Filiberto Rivera led with 22 points while Ebi Ere had 18, Darius Rice 16, Alejandro ‘Bimbo’ Carmona 15, Alvin Cruz 14 and Ángelo Reyes 10. Rice captured 15 rebounds and Ebi Ere 11.

In a losing effort Carlos Rivera had 20 points, Rodney White 18, Bobby Joe Hatton and Angel 'Buster' Figueroa 13 points each.

Arecibo will play game seven without Rodney White who was suspended after he punched Angelo Reyes from behind after the game in the parking lot. Also center Karel Rosario was part of the incident and was also suspended by the league. Before that Rosario was ejected from the game with 4:06 left in the second quarter after he brought Reyes to the ground with him and started fighting.

Reyes, who is also the Puerto Rican National team forward, was busted open in his head and required three stitches but will be ok for game seven.

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04:01PM, Wed 25 June 2008

Arecibo one game away from the title:

Arecibo one game away from the title:

Capitanes de Arecibo defeated Gigantes de Carolina 90-86 and is one win away from the title in game five of the BSN Finals. Arecibo has a 3-2 lead and game six will be played in Carolina on Thursday at 7:35 local time.

Carolina started the game with a 10-0 run but Arecibo recovered with a good offensive attack by Angel 'Buster' Figueroa and Rodney White. Carolina won the first quarter 23-22 but they were outscored 22-13 in the final six minutes.

In the second quarter Arecibo made a 12-0 run and after a three pointer by Bobby Joe Hatton Arecibo dominated 42-27 and ended with a 44-37 halftime lead. Buster Figueroa led Capitanes with 17 points.

Arecibo continued to dominate in the third quarter as they were effective in the paint attacking the basket and the entrance of Keenan Jourdon in the third quarter produced inmediately for the hosts to give Arecibo a 67-52 lead.

In the final quarter Arecibo had a good lead but Alejandro 'Bimbo' Carmona continued to attack the basket and was key in their comeback. A three pointer by Darius Rice closed the game 86-83 with 25 seconds but Rafael Cruz netted two free throws to give Arecibo a 88-83 lead with 21.9 seconds left. Alvin Cruz made a three point play to close the scoreboeard 88-86 but Ebi Ere slipped and left Rodney White open who identified Jourdon who was alone and dunked the ball for the win.
 
Figueroa led Arecibo with 22 points while Rodney White had 20, Bobby Joe Hatton 14, Pachy Cruz 12 and Keenan Jourdon 11.

In a losing effort Alejandro Carmona led with 27 points, 16 of them in the final quarter while Darius Rice netted 18 in the game, Ebi Ere 13, Ángelo Reyes 10 and Filiberto Rivera 8.

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07:26AM, Tue 24 June 2008

Carolina ties BSN Finals:

Carolina ties BSN Finals:

Gigantes de Carolina defended their home court and defeated Capitanes de Arecibo 98-94 to tie the BSN Finals at two games apiece. The series continue on Tuesday in Arecibo for game five.

Capitanes dominated the first minutes of the first quarter as they had a nine point lead (25-16), but later Carolina reacted with a 7-0 run and at the end of the quarter the visitors had a 29-25 lead.

The rally continued in the second quarter with an 8-0 run to take a 33-29 lead after a three pointer by Alvin Cruz to complete a 15-0 rally between the first two quarters.

At halftime Carolina had a 50-44 lead as Darius Rice made 13 points and finished the game with 20. Rice replaced Chris Burgess as one of Gigantes import players.

Arecibo managed to tie the game at 50 but Carolina took the lead and never looked back led by Ebi Ere, Rice and Angelo Reyes.

In a losing effort Rodney White and Angel Figueroa scored 21 points each.

The winners had Ebi Ere with 32 points, 22 of them in the second half while Alejandro Carmona and Angelo Reyes scored 14 points each.

 

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03:48AM, Sun 22 June 2008

Arecibo takes the lead in BSN final series:

Arecibo takes the lead in BSN final series:

Capitanes de Arecibo defeated Gigantes de Carolina 77-75 to take a 2-1 lead in the Chrysler Final Series. Rodney White led with 31 points and 11 boards.

White was responsible for the win as he tied the game at 75 with 37.7 seconds left and then took a loose ball and dunked it with 15.7 seconds to get the win.

Gigantes import Ebi Ere gave Carolina a 75-73 advantage after a three pointer to tie and a two pointer to give them the lead. They dominated the first quarter 21-10 led by Alejandro Carmona with 12 points and had a 36-33 halftime lead.

In the second half Arecibo took the lead led by White and Bobby Joe Hatton but Carolina recovered and had a 55-52 third quarter lead.

Ebi Ere led Carolina with 23 points while Alejandro Carmona netted 16 and Filiberto Rivera 12 points and 7 assists.

The series continue on Sunday in Carolina. Chris Burgess, who is the starting center for Gigantes, left the game with a hamstring injury.

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08:15AM, Fri 20 June 2008

Carolina and Arecibo tied in the BSN Finals

Carolina and Arecibo tied in the BSN Finals

Gigantes de Carolina and Capitanes de Arecibo are tied at one game apiece in the Chrysler Finals that started on June 17. The series will continue on Friday, June 20 for game three and game four will be played on Sunday.

In game 1 Arecibo won at their court 87-82 led by Angel 'Buster' Figueroa who netted 30 points and Bobby Joe Hatton had 17. Rodney White had 10 points and 11 boards, key to establish their fast paced game.

Alejandro Carmona led with 21 points, Angelo Reyes 15, Ebi Ere and Chris Burgess 11 each in a losing effort.

Carolina won game two 104-98 at home as Ebi Ere led with 27 points and Alejandro Carmona 26. Filiberto Rivera had 19 points and 13 assists.

Arecibo was led by Buster Figueroa and Rodney White who scored 31 points each.

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01:22PM, Sat 14 June 2008

Ten players named for Puerto Rican National Team:

Ten players named for Puerto Rican National Team:

Puerto Rican National Team General Manager, Felix Rivera, named ten players for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men to be played in Athens, Greece from July 14-20. The national team will name two players to fill the roster prior to their departure to Germany on July 1.

Carlos Arroyo (Orlando Magic), Jose Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks) and Filiberto Rivera (Gigantes de Carolina) were named to play the point guard position. Arroyo will start the games for Puerto Rico and be key on offense.

The forwards are Angelo Reyes (Gigantes de Carolina) and Ricky Sánchez (Grises de Humacao) while the centers will be Daniel Santiago (Unicaja Málaga), Peter John Ramos (Criollos de Caguas) and Luis Villafañe (Gigantes de Carolina).

Larry Ayuso was named to play the shooting guard position. During the last couple of years Ayuso has been consistent offensively at a local and international level. Other players considered are Joel Jones Camacho (Leones de Ponce), Javier Mojica (Cariduros de Fajardo) and Roberto Nieves (Grises de Humacao) who are competing for one spot.

Finally Carmelo Lee of Guaynabo will cover the small forward position while Alejandro 'Bimbo' Carmona, Luis Rivas and Antonio Latimer will fight for the last place on the team.

The Puerto Rican team will play warm up games in Germany and Slovenia before their trip to Greece. Puerto Rico is in Group D of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Men along with Croatia and Cameroon.

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