Fiba Americas Recap: USA Wins Big, Uruguay wins Small & Mexico Stuns Puerto Rico

Fiba AmericasUSA vs. Venezuela: 112:69
Carmelo Anthony and Michael Redd each scored 17 points as the United States defense forced Venezuela into 19 turnovers. Amare Stoudemire added 16 and 14 points for the US. Greivis Vasquez, an incoming freshman at Maryland, scored 12 points for Venezuela on 3-11 shooting. The US will face the Virgin Islands today.

Brazil vs. Canada: 75:67
Leandro Barbosa scored 30 points, including a floater with about 2 minutes left to give Brazil the lead for good. Brazil would go on to win 75-67. Tiago Splitter added 12 points and 9 rebounds for Brazil. Juan Mendez scored 18 points and Carl English had 12 for Canada. Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert added 10 points and 10 rebounds. With the win over Canada, Brazil is 2-0 after defeating Venezuela last night in the opening game. Marcelo Machado hit five 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead the Brazilians to a 101-75 win.

Uruguay vs. Panama: 88-84
As expected, Esteban Batista was pivotal for Uruguay. He scored 26 points and pulled down 19 rebounds against Panama last night. With 2 seconds left, Batista powered his way to the basket to force overtime. And in overtime, the Atlanta Hawk gave Uruguay the 81-79 lead with 1:54 left in OT. Jaime Lloreda scored 21 points and Danilo Pinnock, who played at George Washington, had 16 points. Uruguay will face Argentina tonight. Click here for Esteban Batista’s thoughts after the game.

Mexico vs. Puerto Rico: 100-89
Following the exciting overtime battle between Uruguay and Panama.
Victor Mariscal scored 22 points for Mexico as they upset the spiraling downward Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico made it a game in the third by decreasing their deficit, even taking a small lead during the fourth quarter, but when Horacio Llamas nailed a three with just over one minute to play, Mexico had stretched its lead back to double-digits at 98-86 and chants of “Mexico! Mexico! Mexico!” filled the arena. NBA player Carlos Arroyo went 0-10 from the field and scored 4 points, all from the free-throw line.

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