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September 12, 2011 - Medal games

Argentina reclaimed the gold medal at the FIBA Americas 2011 tournament by stopping defending champ Brazil 75-80 in Sunday's title game before a home crowd in Mar de Plata. The game was decided in the last minutes, with a big three-pointer by Pablo Prigioni of Caja Laboral making it 67-62 with 1:40 to play. Free throws by Carlos Delfino and former All-Euroleague star Luis Scola sealed the outcome. Scola scored 32 points and was named tournament MVP. Delfino added 16 plus 9 rebounds and Prigioni chipped in with 10. For Brazil, Marcus Vinicius Vieira led the way with 17 points, Tiago Splitter added 12 and Rafael Hettsheimer 10. Read more here.

September 11, 2011 - Semifinals

Argentina and Brazil will face off for the gold medal at FIBA Americas 2011 after both survived close semifinals on Saturday to win places in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Defending champ Brazil followed a stellar performance by Marceinho Huertas of FC Barcelona Regal to an 83-76 vicory against the Dominican Republic. Huertas played all 40 minutes, poured in 19 points and dished 7 assistss to keep the Brazil offense in fine tune all night. Marcelo Machado led Brazil's scorers with 20 points while Rafael Hettsheimer added 14. Argentina held off Puerto Rico 81-79 in a thriller with Pablo Prigioni of Caja Laboral playing a key role. Read more here.

September 9, 2011 - Day 9 - Semifinals are set!

The semifinals matchups at FIBA Americas 2011 are set following the last games of the Quarterfinal Round on Thursday. Defending champion Brazil finished in first place with a 6-1 record after stopping Puerto Rico 72-94 with Marcelinho Huertas of FC Regal Barcelona once again running the show for the winners. He had 9 points and 3 assists, making both his three-point shot attempts, in 26 minutes. Former All-Euroleague player Tiago Splitter had 17 points in 20 minutes for Brazil, while Marcus Vieira led all scorers with 18 points. Brazil will face Dominican Republic in Saturday's semifinals. Argentina finished second after thrashing Dominican Republic 84-58 to also post a 6-1 group record. Read more here.

September 8, 2011 - Day 8

The third games of the second round at FIBA Americas 2011 on Wednesday gave the tournament the rest of its semifinalists after host Argentina had advanced earlier. Defending champion Brazil made a major move by knocking off previously undefeated Argentina 73-71 in a thriller. The victory let Brazil tie Argentina in the group standings at 5-1, a record they share with Puerto Rico, too. Marcelinho Huertas of FC Barcelona Regal played 39 minutes and led Brazil to victory with 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal. Brazil did it with defense, holding Argentina under 20 points in each of the first three quarters while taking a 53-47 lead into the last one. Despite 13 points and 5 assists from Pablo Prigioni of Caja Laboral, Argentina could not make up all the difference before the buzzer. Read more here.

September 7, 2011 - Day 7

The favorites kept rolling through the second round at FIBA Americas 2011 in Mar de Plata, Argentina on Tuesday, albeit a couple by lesser margins. In what was a classic shootout between Argentina and Venezuela, the hosts ran away with a 111-93 victory thanks in part to 20 points and 6 assists from Pablo Prigioni of Caja Laboral, who made 6 of his 7 three-pointers. Argentina needed 18-for-28 shooting from long distance and a 32-point final quarter to pull away from Venezuela. The victory made Argentina, with a 6-0 record, the first team in the tournament to qualify for the semifinals on Saturday. Read more here.

September 6, 2011 - Day 6

All four favorites made good on their promise as the quarterfinal round of FIBA Americas 2011 got started on Monday in Mar de Plata, Argentina. Brazil stepped strong into the second round of the tournament with a resounding 93-66 win over Uruguay. Marcelinho Huertas of FC Barcelona Regal made all of his shots for 9 points while leading Brazil with 6 assists and 4 steals in just 20 minutes of play. Vitor Alves led the winners with 21 points and former All-Euroleague center Tiago Splitter had 9 points, 8 rebounds. Esteban Batista of Anadolu Efes Pilsen had 9 points, 5 rebounds for Uruguay. Read more here.

September 4, 2011 - Day 5

Argentina finished off a perfect first round at FIBA Americas 2011 by downing Panama 90-71 to finish 4-0 in Group B. Pablo Prigioni of Caja Laboral had his best scoring game so far, pouring in 17 points on 5-for-7 three-point shooting, in the victory. Three other former All-Euroleague players – Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni and Manu Ginobili – had 19, 18 and 14 points, respectively. Brazil bounced back from its only defeat to beat Cuba 83-93 and finish second in Group A. Marcelinho Huertas of FC Barcelona Regal had 6 assists in 15 minutes of that game as most of Brazil's big guns rested. Read more here.

September 3, 2011 - Day 4

The Dominican Republic provided the biggest surprise so far at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championships by edging Brazil 74-79 in Group A behind 22 points from Tito Horford. Francisco Garcia added 14 for the Dominicans. Marcus Vinicius had 18 points for Brazil while former All-Euroleague center Tiago Splitter and FC Barcelona Regal Marcelinho Huertas each had 16. Also in Group A, Canada thrashed Cuba 84-62 behind 13 points from Jevohn Shepherd and 11 from Jermaine Anderson of Asseco Prokom Gdynia. The Dominican Republic leads Group A at 3-1, with Brazil and Canada right behind each at 2-1. Read more here.

September 2, 2011 - Day 3

Puerto Rico became the first team to three victories while a trio of teams stayed alive with their first wins on Day 3 of the FIBA Americas 2011 tournament in Argentina. Puerto Rico's guards did the damage in a 64-74 victory over Uruguay. Carlos Arroyo and Jose Barea had 19 and 14 points, respectively, in the victory, while former Euroleague center Daniel Santiago had 11 rebounds, 8 points. Uruguay's second loss came despite a big night by Esteban Batista of Anadolu Efes Istanbul, who registered a double-double of 16 pointss, 12 rebounds. Read more here.

September 1, 2011 - Day 2

Defending champs Brazil and host Argentina remained among four undefeated teams after two days of play at the FIBA Americas 2011 tournament. Marcelinho Huertas starred again with 17 points and 6 assists as Brazil defeated Canada 57-69. Jermaine Anderson of Buducnost was Canada's top scorer with 9 points. Argentina coasted to a 86-51 victory over Uruaguay behind 18 and 16 points, respectively, from former All-Euroleague players Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni. Esteban Batista of Anadolu Efes Pilsen had 10 rebounds for Uruguay. Read more here.

August 31, 2011 - Day 1

fiba americasThe opening day of the FIBA Americas tournament witnessed three lopsided affairs as the contenders looked to separate themselves from the pretenders early. Host Argentina was among three teams to win by at least 30 points as it routed Paraguay 52-84. Alfredo Quinteros scored 19 and Luis Scola 14 to pace Argentina, which raced ahead by 19 by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Puerto Rico pasted Panama 66-99 as Alejandro Sanchez poured in 16 points and former Euroleaguers Daniel Santiago and Carlos Arroyo played big roles too. The opening game of the tournament featured the Dominican Republic routing Cuba 90-60 behind 24 points and 9 rebounds from Al Horford. Read more here.

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