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2007 FIBA Americas Tournament

 


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| Aug 22 - Sept 2, 2007

THe FIBA Tournament of the Americas championship is in the closing stages, with Argentina vs Brazil and USA vs Puerto Rico as the final four (semi-finals). Canada (3-4) finished 5th, Uruguay (2-5) 6th, Mexico (2-5) 7th and Venezuela (1-6) 8th. Hit InsideHoops.com every day. Key info such as standings, player stats, daily schedule and game results are all right below. Scroll down even further for more info about the tournament, its importance, what happens to the winners and more.

FIBA AMERICAS TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
We searched every FIBA website yet cannot find a list of final records for the teams. But here are the acutal final standings

Gold: USA
Silver: Argentina
Bronze: Puerto Rico
4) Brazil
5) Canada 3-4 (10 points)
6) Uruguay 2-5 (9 points)
7) Mexico 2-5 (9 points)
8) Venezuela 1-6 (8 points)
Eliminated: Virgin Islands, Panama



AMERICAS TOURNAMENT PLAYER STAT LEADERS

Final Leaders

POINTS PER GAME (PPG):
1) 'Leandrinho' BARBOSA (BRA) 21.8
2) Carmelo ANTHONY (USA) 21.2
3) Jason EDWIN (ISV) 21
4) Esteban BATISTA (URU) 20.8
5) Romel BECK (MEX) 20.3
6) Héctor ROMERO (VEN) 19.9
7) Luis SCOLA (ARG) 19.5
8) Elias AYUSO (PUR) 19.1
9) Jaime LLOREDA (PAN) 18.5
10) Lebron JAMES (USA) 18.1
11) Gary Orlando FORBES REGIS (PAN) 17.8
12) Danilo PINNOCK (PAN) 16.5
13) Carlos ARROYO (PUR) 16.3
14) Nicolas MAZZARINO (URU) 15.8
15) Kobe BRYANT (USA) 15.3
16) Kevin Alphonso SHEPPARD (ISV) 15.3
17) Michael REDD (USA) 14.4
18) Cuthbert VICTOR (ISV) 14.0
19) Carlos DELFINO (ARG) 13.9
20) Victor MARISCAL MATA (MEX) 13.1

REBOUNDS PER GAME (RPG):
1) Esteban BATISTA (URU) 12.4
2) Antonio GARCIA (PAN) 9.8
3) Angelo REYES (PUR) 9.5
4) Samuel DALEMBERT (CAN) 9.4
5) 'Tiago' SPLITTER (BRA) 8.0
6) Luis SCOLA (ARG) 7.5
7) Héctor ROMERO (VEN) 7.5
8) Peter RAMOS (PUR) 7.1
9) Danilo PINNOCK (PAN) 7.0
10) Jaime LLOREDA (PAN) 6.8
11) Carlos DELFINO (ARG) 6.3
12) 'Néné' HILARIO (BRA) 6.3
13) Adam Oswald PARADA DE LOS REYES (MEX) 5.5
14) Dwight HOWARD (USA) 5.3
15) Frank Roderick ELEGAR (ISV) 5.3
16) Cuthbert VICTOR (ISV) 5.2
17) Carmelo ANTHONY (USA) 5.2
18) Levon KENDALL (CAN) 5.1
19) Tayshaun PRINCE (USA) 5.0
20) Ja Ja RICHARDS (ISV) 5.0

ASSISTS PER GAME (APG):
1) Pablo PRIGIONI (ARG) 6.3
2) Lebron JAMES (USA) 4.7
3) Carlos ARROYO (PUR) 4.6
4) Valter DA SILVA (BRA) 4.6
5) Jason KIDD (USA) 4.6
6) Deron WILLIAMS (USA) 4.6
7) Jermaine ANDERSON (CAN) 4.0
8) Jose VARGAS (VEN) 3.5
9) Carlos DELFINO (ARG) 3.3
10) Greivis VASQUEZ (VEN) 3.3
11) 'Marcelinho' MACHADO (BRA) 3.2
12) Carl ENGLISH (CAN) 3.1
13) Martin OSIMANI (URU) 3.0
14) Kobe BRYANT (USA) 2.9
15) 'Leandrinho' BARBOSA (BRA) 2.8
16) Nicolas MAZZARINO (URU) 2.8
17) Kevin Alphonso SHEPPARD (ISV) 2.8
18) Cuthbert VICTOR (ISV) 2.8
19) Chauncey BILLUPS (USA) 2.6
20) Carlos CEDENO (VEN) 2.6

BLOCKS PER GAME (BPG):
1) Samuel DALEMBERT (CAN) 2.4
2) Miguel MARRIAGA (VEN) 2.0
3) Dwight HOWARD (USA) 1.8
4) Peter RAMOS (PUR) 1.5
5) Tyson CHANDLER (USA) 1.4
6) 'Tiago' SPLITTER (BRA) 1.3
7) Adam Oswald PARADA DE LOS REYES (MEX) 1.0
8) Kitwana RHYMER (ISV) 1.0
9) Jamal LEVY (PAN) 1.0
10) Ja Ja RICHARDS (ISV) 1.0
11) Héctor ROMERO (VEN) 0.9
12) Horacio LLAMAS (MEX) 0.8
13) Antonio GARCIA (PAN) 0.8
14) Guillermo Federic KAMMERICHS (ARG) 0.7
15) Carmelo LEE (PUR)0.7
16) 'Néné' HILARIO (BRA) 0.7
17) Roman GONZALEZ (ARG) 0.6
18) Amaré STOUDEMIRE (USA) 0.6
19) Alejandro BARRIOS (VEN) 0.6
Many tied at 20 with 0.5

STEALS PER GAME (SPG):
1) Carlos DELFINO (ARG) 2.0
2) Anthony James PEDROZA DURAZO (MEX) 2.0
3) Joel MUNOZ (PAN) 2.0
4) Cuthbert VICTOR (ISV) 2.0
5) Pablo PRIGIONI (ARG) 1.8
6) 'Marcelinho' MACHADO (BRA) 1.7
7) Kobe BRYANT (USA) 1.6
8) Leandro GARCIA MORALES (URU) 1.6
9) Lebron JAMES (USA) 1.5
10) Esteban BATISTA (URU) 1.5
11) Jose VARGAS (VEN) 1.5
12) Jason EDWIN (ISV) 1.5
13) Jaime LLOREDA (PAN) 1.5
14) Valter DA SILVA (BRA) 1.4
15) Gustavo Alfonso AYON AGUIRRE (MEX) 1.4
16) Victor MARISCAL MATA (MEX) 1.4
17) Greivis VASQUEZ (VEN) 1.4
18) Romel BECK (MEX) 1.4
19) Jason KIDD (USA) 1.3
20) 'Alex' GARCIA (BRA) 1.2


GAME RESULTS

August 22

Uruguay 88 vs. Panama 84 (Overtime) -- USA Basketball reports: Jaime Lloreda connected on seven-of-10 field goals and tallied 15 first-half points, helping to build a 45-34 lead for his club by the intermission. The key shot of the half, however, was a three-pointer by Leandro Garcia of Uruguay as the first-half buzzer sounded. Building on that momentum, Uruguay outscored Panama 24-to-11 in the third quarter to not only get back in the game, but to take a 58-56 lead heading into the final stanza... Uruguay's Esteban Batista notched a game high 26 points, while Lloreda paced Panama with 21.

Mexico 100 vs. Puerto Rico 89 -- USA Basketball reports: Mexico's hot shooting continued throughout the first half (54 percent from the field), and behind 22 points from Victor Mariscal, they opened up a 57-45 lead by the break. Puerto Rico rallied in the third quarter and even took a lead during the fourth, but Mexico would not be denied... Llamas would finish with 18 points while Mariscal logged a game high 30 as Mexico triumphed 100-89.

Brazil 75 vs. Canada 67 -- USA Basketball reports: Facing a 25-12 deficit after one period of play, Canada would make some noise. Juan Mendez's hot hand in the second stanza (five-of-seven from the field), helped pull the Canadians to within three points at the half, 36-33. The second half would once again belong to Leandro Barbosa, who finished with a game high 30 points. Adding 12 points and nine rebounds was forward Tiago Splitter, who was a factor inside all night. Samuel Dalembert tallied 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Canadians while Mendez finished with 18 points in a losing effort.

USA 112 vs. Venezuela 69 -- USA Basketball reports: The USA employed a balanced attack, with seven players scoring in double digits. Carmelo Anthony and Michael Redd led the United States with 17 apiece. The USA also dominated inside, outscoring the Venezuelans 58-14 in the paint. Defensively, Dwight Howard led the USA with three blocks while Kobe Bryant and LeBron James teamed for 6 steals... Greivis Vasquez led Venezuela with 12 points.

August 23

Puerto Rico 108 vs. Panama 67 -- USA Basketball reports: Back-to-back three-pointers from Elias Ayuso and Ricardo Sanchez to start the game helped fuel Puerto Rico’s 12-0 opening run – a run from which Panama never recovered. Puerto Rico had five players score in double figures as they rolled to a 108-67 victory.

Canada 80 vs. Venezuela 73 -- USA Basketball reports: In a back-and-forth affair in which the lead never crept above seven points, it was Samuel Dalembert’s conversion of a layup in traffic and the free throw to boot with 1:32 remaining that put Canada up to stay, as they held off Venezuela 80-73. The 6’11’’ Dalembert tallied a team-best 18 points and added eight rebounds and five blocks for Canada, which now stands at 1-1 in tournament play.

Argentina 90 vs. Uruguay 69 -- USA Basketball reports: Day two action at Thomas & Mack Center for the FIBA Americas Championship 2007 kicked off as Uruguay, fresh off its’ opening day overtime victory over Panama (88-84), took the floor against Argentina. The well-rested Argentines got on the board first when Luis Scola followed a Carlos Delfino miss with a tip-in, giving Argentina a 2-0 lead. Slowly but surely, Scola and co. padded their lead, eventually emerging with a 90-69 victory... Scola, who finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals, was the most impressive performer.

USA 123 vs. Virgin Islands 59 -- USA Basketball reports: LeBron James’ thunderous baseline dunk with just over seven minutes remaining in the first quarter might have been the signature play of the period, but it was the quick 15 points Michael Redd racked up that helped the USA build an early lead which the U.S. Virgin Islands would never challenge. The USA coasted for the second consecutive night, this time by a final score of 123-59. The 42-point outburst by the USA in the opening stanza was fueled by Redd’s fluid stroke, as the sharpshooting guard hit three-of-four three-pointers in the period before ultimately finishing with a game high 22 points. Carmelo Anthony also tallied 22 for the winners.

August 24

Panama 95 vs. Mexico 90 -- USA Basketball reports: The back-and-forth affair wasn’t decided until the final minute, when missed three-pointers and made free throws would prove to be the difference... J.R. Pinnock’s game-high 30 points led the victors, who also got strong contributions from Jamie Lloreda (19 points) and Enrique Garcia (13 rebounds). Roberto Beck’s 20 points were tops for Mexico, which fell to 1-1 in tournament play.

Canada 93 vs. Virgin Islands 83 -- USA Basketball reports: The Canadians would get their legs, however, and behind Juan Mendez's 22 points, Leo Rautins' squad held off the Virgin Islands 93-83... Jason Edwin connected on six-of-eight from distance and as a team, the Virgin Islands shot 13-of-24 from beyond the arc (54 percent)... Jason Edwin's 26 points led the Virgin Islands, which fell to 0-2. Alphonso Sheppard added 23 for the Virgin Islands in defeat.

Argentina 87 vs. Puerto Rico 75 -- USA Basketball reports: Luis Scola was impressive once again, tallying 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Argentines, who also got 15 points from Carlos Delfino. Elias Ayuso led Puerto Rico with 21 points while Carlos Arroyo chipped in with 20. The contest was closer than the final margin of victory would indicate, as Puerto Rico actually led by as many as 14 points in the first half.

Brazil 101 vs. Venezuela 75 -- USA Basketball reports: Marcelo Machado got Brazil on the right track by scoring 11 of his team high 20 points in the first quarter while going 3-of-4 from three point range... After a slow first half where he was held to just three points, the Phoenix Suns' Leandro Barbosa turned it on and chipped in 12 second half points to help seal the victory for Brazil. Hector Romero led Venezuela with 21 points which drops to (0-3) in the tournament.

August 25

USA 113 vs. Canada 63 -- USA Basketball reports: The United States remained perfect at the FIBA Americas 2007 Championship, coasting to a 113-63 victory over Canada on Saturday afternoon. Winning its first three contests by an average of 52 points, the United States has yet to be challenged and now owns a 3-0 mark in tournament play. Carmelo Anthony's 12 first quarter points on five-of-five shooting from the field helped the USA get off to a hot start, but Canada's 10-2 run to close the period made it a 28-21 score... Seven (Team USA) players would score in double figures and crisp passing always seemed to get the ball into the hands of an open shooter... Anthony finished with a game-high 25 points. Pacing Canada with 17 markers was Olu Famutimi.

Brazil 93 vs. Virgin Islands 89 -- USA Basketball reports: Brazil survived a scare from the U.S. Virgin Islands in the second game of the day at Thomas & Mack Center, trailing by as many as 12 points before rallying late in the third quarter to take control of the game... Leandro Barboa scored 20 of his game-high 36 points in the second half, increasing his average to 27.0 points in the tournament.

Uruguay 82 vs. Puerto Rico 79 -- USA Basketball reports: Esteban Batista's 34 points and 15 rebounds led Uruguay past Puerto Rico 82-79 on Saturday night at Thomas & Mack Center... Puerto Rico, which led by as many as 19 points earlier in the contest, held a 61-53 advantage heading to the fourth quarter... Jose Barea, who returned tonight from a two-game suspension, led Puerto Rico with 18 points.

Argentina 104 vs. Mexico 83 -- USA Basketball reports: Tied at 23 apiece after one quarter of play, Argentina began to distance itself in the second, thanks to a hot-shooting Paolo Quinteros... Carlos Delfino led Argentina with 20 points while Quinteros added 18. Roberto Beck tallied 24 points for Mexico in defeat.

August 26

Venezuela 100 vs. Virgin Islands 90 -- USA Basketball reports: Hector Romero's 29 points and 10 rebounds helped Venezuela advance by the count of 100-90... Jason Edwin did everything he could to keep his team in the game, scoring 32 points in a losing effort for the Virgin Islands, who were without the services of guard Carl Krauser due to extreme dehydration.

Uruguay 91 vs. Mexico 82 -- USA Basketball reports: Riding the hot hand of Nicolas Mazzarino, who connected on 8-of-13 three-point field goals and scored a game-high 36 points, Uruguay upended Mexico 91-82 on Sunday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center as each team concluded its' preliminary round play... Esteban Batista would tally 11 points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter, finishing the game with 25 points and 15 rebounds and helping Uruguay to hold off Mexico, which struggled mightily from the charity stripe down the stretch.

USA 113 vs. Brazil 76 -- USA Basketball reports: The USA opened the game on an 8-0 run and would lead by as many as 49 on a night when Brazil's top scorer, Leandro Barbosa, was limited to four points... The trio of Carmelo Anthony (21 points), James (21 points) and Bryant (20 points) did the bulk of the damage offensively for the United States on an evening in which the size of the lead didn't require any of them to play so much as a minute in the final quarter... Tayshaun Prince left the game early in the first half for the USA due to an ankle injury.

Argentina 109 vs. Panama 92 (Overtime) -- USA Basketball reports: Trailing by as many as 14 points early in the game, Panama fought back to take a 63-59 lead heading to the fourth quarter... It was all Argentina in the extra session, as Panama was outscored by 17 points in the five minute overtime. Paolo Quinteros would score seven points in the final session and Argentina escaped with a 109-92 victory. Gary Forbes scored a game-high 29 points for Panama in defeat while Quinteros' 22 points led Argentina.

END OF PRELIMINARY ROUND

Rest of schedule was determined by above results.

QUARTER FINAL ROUND:

August 27

Canada 95 vs. Uruguay 88 -- USA Basketball reports: Powered by Jesse Young's game high 22 points, Canada opened quarterfinal action of the FIBA Americas Championship 2007 with a 95-88 victory over Uruguay on Monday afternoon at Thomas & Mack Center... Nicolas Mazzarino and Leandro Garcia Morales each scored 17 points and Esteban Batista scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for Uruguay in defeat.

Argentina 98 vs. Venezuela 63 -- USA Basketball reports: Showing no signs of fatigue after playing an overtime tilt with Panama last night, the Argentines rode the game-high 21 points of Roman Gonzalez to victory. Carlos Delfino added 19 for the winners... Carlos Cedeno's 15 points paced the Venezuelans.

Puerto Rico 97 vs. Brazil 75 -- USA Basketball reports: Behind 24 points from Elias Ayuso, the Puerto Ricans upended Brazil by the final of 97-75. Leandro Barbosa rebounded from his poor performance against the United States the last time out, scoring a game-high 34 points for Brazil.

USA 127 vs. Mexico 100 -- USA Basketball reports: The USA raced out to a 45-23 lead after one quarter, but only seemed to be crisp in spurts over the next three in the eventual 127-100 victory... The USA was outscored 28-20 in the period and saw its' lead shrink to 14 points by halftime (65-51)... Carmelo Anthony paced the United States with a game-high 28 point effort on 10-of-17 shooting from the field. Mexico's Romel Beck, a former UNLV Runnin' Rebel, led Mexico with 20 points.

August 28

Venezuela 88 vs. Uruguay 79 -- USA Basketball reports: Led by Hector Romero’s game-high 35 points, the Venezuelans were impressive, leading by as many as 22 points earlier in the contest before finishing off Uruguay, 88-79... Manuel Barrios shot five-of-six from long distance en route to scoring 19 for the Venezuelans. Esteban Batista continued his strong play for Uruguay, posting a double-double with 21 points and 20 rebounds in the loss.

Argentina 85 vs. Canada 70 -- USA Basketball reports: The Argentines led the entire way and Canada's cold shooting to start (25 percent from the field in the first half) never allowed them to truly get into the game... Luis Scola scored a game-high 23 points for Argentina, while teammate Roman Gonzalez added an 11-point, 11-rebound effort in the victory. Samuel Dalembert grabbed 16 rebounds and added nine points for Canada in the loss.

Brazil 104 vs. Mexico 90 -- USA Basketball reports: Following 21 points from Leandro Barbosa, the Brazilians were always in front, keeping a consistent attack that pulverized the Mexican defenses... Mexico, after becoming the only team to reach 100 points against the USA last night, couldn’t contain Barbosa’s penetrations and the incisive attack in the paint of Nene, who finished the game with 17 points and 7 rebounds... Romel Beck scored 29 points in losing effort.

USA 117 vs. Puerto Rico 78 -- USA Basketball reports: Kobe Bryant's 11 first quarter points gave the USA a 24-15 lead after the opening period in the final game of the day at Thomas & Mack Center. A 10-0 run early in the second quarter extended the Americans' lead to 39-17... LeBron James tallied a game-high 21 points while Carmelo Anthony added 17 and Michael Redd 15 for the Americans. Elias Ayuso led Puerto Rico with 13 points, but connected on just two-of-seven from the field on a night when the USA held Puerto Rico to 36 percent shooting.

August 29

Canada 97 vs. Mexico 80 -- USA Basketball reports: Behind 17 points and five three-pointers from Jermaine Anderson, Canada rebounded from yesterday's loss to Argentina and defeated Mexico 97-80 on Wednesday in second round action of the FIBA Americas Championship... Omar Quintero scored a game-high 20 points in a losing effort for Mexico.

Puerto Rico 92 vs. Venezuela 63 -- USA Basketball reports: Puerto Rico led 20-16 after one quarter and stretched its' lead to 47-35 by halftime behind Elias Ayuso's 16 first half points... Hector Romero led Venezuela with 11 points, but connected on only 3-of-13 field goals. Ayuso finished with a game-high 25 points.

Argentina 86 vs. Brazil 79 -- USA Basketball reports: After trailing by as many as 17 points, Argentina rallied to stun Brazil in overtime by the final of 86-79... Luis Scola had seven points and seven rebounds through three quarters, but would finish with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds, doing most of his damage once Splitter had fouled out. Paolo Quinteros added 19 points and Carlos Delfino 17 for the winners.

USA 118 vs. Uruguay 79 -- USA Basketball reports: LeBron James scored a game-high 26 points on 11-of-11 shooting from the field, which included four three-pointers as the USA rolled to a 118-79 victory over Uruguay. Even more impressive, James did all of his damage in the first half... Esteban Batista's 20 points led Uruguay.

August 30

Mexico 101 vs. Venezuela 91 -- USA Basketball reports: Adam Parada de los Reyes and Victor Marsical combined for 40 points, as Mexico outworked Venezuela 48-32 in the paint. Hector Romero scored 23 points in a losing effort for Venezuela.

Brazil 96 vs. Uruguay 62 -- USA Basketball reports: Behind 32 points from Leandro Barbosa, Brazil knocked off Uruguay by the count of 96-62 in each team’s Second Round Finale at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship... Esteban Batista continued his impressive play, posting 17 points and 10 rebounds in a losing effort for Uruguay.

Puerto Rico 72 vs. Canada 66 -- USA Basketball reports: Carlos Arroyo's game-high 22 points, including four three-pointers carried surging Puerto Rico to a 72-66 victory over Canada in each team's Second Round Finale at the FIBA Americas Championships 2007... David Thomas posted 18 points and Samuel Dalembert collected 18 rebounds in a losing effort for Canada.

United States 91 vs. Argentina 76 -- USA Basketball reports: The U.S. raced out to a 28-13 lead after the first quarter, relying on the hot hand of Kobe Bryant, who netted 15 of the team's points in the opening stanza. Bryant, who led all scorers with 27 points, connected on 10-of-15 shots from the field in just under 23 minutes of play... Luis Scola paced the Argentines with 20 points and five rebounds while Diego Logrippo added 11 points.

SEMI FINAL ROUND:

September 1

Argentina 91 vs Brazil 80 -- USA Basketball reports: Brazil dominated early on, shooting 60 percent (18 of 30) and held a 43-35 lead at the half. Agrentina came out of the locker room at the half with a sense of urgency and quickly went on the offensive, outscoring Brazil 30-13 in the third quarter. Luis Scola led all scorers with 27 points on 10 of 14 shooting from the field. Leandro Barbosa and Alex Ribeiro led Brazil with 16 points apiece.

United States 135 vs Puerto Rico 91 -- USA Basketball reports: Carmelo Anthony opened the third quarter on fire, shooting for a mesmerizing 4-4 from the three-point line, all this in the first three minutes of play. While USA displayed great passing and confidence, Puerto Rico's offense became erratic, falling behind on the score by 31 with 2:30 remaining. The quarter finished 100 - 70, USA in front... For USA, Anthony finished the game with 27 points (shooting for 6-7 from the three-point line and 5-6 from the free throw line). Redd scored 23 (15 of them came in the fourth quarter only). Carlos Arroyo finished the game with 21 points and 5 assists, while Ayuso scored 22 points in the loss.

FINAL ROUND:

Sept. 2:
BRONZE MEDAL GAME: Puerto Rico 111 vs. Brazil 107 -- USA Basketball reports: Hot-shooting guards Elias Ayuso and Carlos Arroyo (39 points, 8-of-12 three-pointers) combined for 69 points to spark Puerto Rico to a thrilling 111-107 victory over short-handed Brazil in the bronze medal game of the FIBA Americas Championship on Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas... Brazil's Marcelo Magalhaes hit six of Brazil's 13 triples and finished with a team-high 21 points... For Puerto Rico Arroyo added a game-high 10 assists while Luis Reyes chipped in 15 points and 15 rebounds. Tiago Splitter tallied 19 points and 13 rebounds for Brazil.

GOLD MEDAL GAME: United States 118 vs. Argentina 81 -- USA Basketball reports: LeBron James scored a game-high 31 points including eight three-pointers as the U.S. continued its torrid shooting in the tournament by making 20-of-41 triples to Argentina's 9-of-27... Dwight Howard's 20 points and four blocked shots combined with Carmelo Anthony's 16 points and game-high eight rebounds helped the U.S. overpower Argentina 40-24 in the paint. Luis Scola, named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, led the Argentinean squad with 23 points, while teammate Leonardo Gutierrez chipped in 11 points.






MORE INFO ABOUT THE FIBA AMERICAS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

FIBA Americas announced back in October of 2006 that USA Basketball and Las Vegas, Nevada, have been selected to host the FIBA Americas Championship 2007. The tournament, one of five FIBA Olympic qualifying zone tournaments, will determine the two men's teams from the Americas zone who will earn qualifying berths for the 2008 Olympic men's basketball competition.

The 10 team championship is scheduled to be played Aug. 22 through Sept. 2, 2007, with all games being held at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center.

"We're excited and honored to have been selected to host this prestigious and important international basketball competition. Holding it in Las Vegas will help make this a memorable championship. This will be an incredible international event for basketball fans in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas," said Jerry Colangelo, managing director of USA Basketball's Senior National Team program, in October of 2006 when the news that the event would be hosted in Las Vegas was announced.

Ten men's teams from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean will participate in the FIBA Americas Championship 2007. The top two finishers will earn a qualification spot for the 2008 Olympic Games that are being held Aug. 8-24 in Beijing, China, while the third, fourth and fifth place finishers will qualify for the 12 team 2008 FIBA ( International Basketball Federation) Olympic Qualifying Tournament (June 7-13, 2008, site TBD) that will qualify the top three finishers for the 2008 Olympics.

The FIBA Americas Championship 2007 will feature 40 games in 12 days. The United States, as the host country, and Canada as the North America representative have qualified, the four teams from Central America and the Caribbean include Mexico, Panama, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while the four teams from South America include Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The FIBA Americas Championship 2007 will be conducted in three phases. The first phase features the 10 teams divided into two groups of five teams each for the First Round. The teams will play round robin within their groups over five days, with each team scheduled for one day off during the First Round.

After conclusion of the First Round and establishing first to fifth places for each group, the top four finishers in each First Round group will advance to the Second Round. Teams finishing in the fifth position will conclude their participation in the tournament. The top four finishing teams of Group A and Group B will then form a single Second Round group, transferring the results obtained in the games played against each other in the first phase.

In the Second Round, each team will play against the four advancing teams from the other First Round group. At the conclusion of the Second Round, the top six placed teams will advance to the third phase and the bottom four teams will conclude their participation in the tournament.

In accordance with the standings after conclusion of the Second Round, the semifinals will feature the No. 1 ranked team playing the No. 4 team, while the No. 2 ranked team will face the No. 3 ranked team. The losers in the semifinals will play for third position and the semifinals winners will play for first and second places.

The three zones of the Americas are: North America, Central America and the Carribean, and South America.


TEAMS IN THE TOURNAMENT (ZONE)

United States (North America, Host Country)
Canada (North America)
Argentina (South America)
Brazil (South America)
Uruguay(South America)
Venezuela (South America)
Mexico (Central America and Caribbean)
Panama (Central America and Caribbean)
Puerto Rico (Central America and Caribbean)
U.S. Virgin Islands (Central America and Caribbean)


TEAM GROUPINGS

Group A: Argentina, Mexico, Panama, United States, Uruguay
Group B: Brazil, Canada, United States, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela


GENERAL SCHEDULE

First Round: August 22 - August 26
Second Round: August 27 - August 31
Semi-finals: September 1
Finals: September 2


TEAM USA-ONLY SCHEDULE

Aug. 22: vs. Venezuela
Aug. 23: vs. US Virgin Islands
Aug. 25: vs. Canada
Aug. 26: vs. Brazil
Aug. 27-30: Second Round
Sept 1: Semifinals
Sept 2: Finals


FIBA AMERICAS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TEAM ROSTERS

ARGENTINA:
Antonio Porta (G, 6-2)
Pepe Sanchez (PG, 6-4)
Roman Javier Gonzalez (C, 6-11)
Luis Scola (C, 6-8)
Juan Gutierrez (C, 6-9)
Paolo Quinteros (G, 6-2)
Ruben Wolkowisky (C, 6-10)
Carlos Delfino (G, 6-7)
Carlos Nicolas Gianella (?)
Hernan Emilio Jasen (F, 6-5)
Guillermo Federic Kammerichs (F, 6-8)
Diego Lo Grippo (?)
Leonardo Andres Mainoldi (F, 6-8)
Pablo Prigioni (G, 6-1)
Carlos Matias Sandes (F, 6-7)
Average Height: 6-6

BRAZIL:
'Nezinho' DOS SANTOS (PG, 6-1)
'Murilo' BECKER (F/C, 6-10)
Leandro Barbosa (SG, 6-4)
Anderson Varejao (F/C, 6-9)
Guilherme GIOVANNONI (SF, 6-8)
Tiago Splitter (F/C, 6-11)
Rafael Araujo (C)
João Paulo BATISTA (C)
Jhonatan DOS SANTOS (G)
Alexandre GARCIA
Rafael HETTSHEIMEIR
Maybner Rodney HILARIO
Marcelo HUERTAS (G)
Paulo Sergio PRESTES (C)
Guilherme TEICHMANN (F)
Marcus Vinicius TOLEDO DOS REIS
Caio TORRES (C)
Marcus Vinicius
Average Height: 6-7

Rest of rosters coming Tuesday


QUICK SUMMARY OF HOW TEAMS GOT INTO THE THE FIBA AMERICAS TOURANMENT

Canada and the USA automatically qualified since they're the sole representatives of the North America zone. The other eight teams played in qualification tournaments in their respective zones.


QUICK SUMMARY OF QUALIFYING FOR OLYMPICS

The teams that finish first and second overall in this tournament, FIBA Americas, automatically qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Teams that finish third, fourth and fifth in this tournament have another shot at qualifying for the Olympics in 12 team 2008 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament (July 7-13, 2008, site TBD). The three top teams in that tournament qualify for the Olympics.


HISTORY OF THE VENUE: THOMAS AND MACK CENTER

This is quoted from the official FIBA Tournament of the Americas website: The facility is named after two prominent Nevada bankers, E. Parry Thomas and Jerome Mack, who donated the original funds for the feasibility and land studies. In 2001, a smaller arena, Cox Pavilion, was added to the complex; the two arenas are directly connected. Cox Pavilion is used for smaller events; its main tenants are the UNLV women's basketball and volleyball programs. It was the former home of the Arena Football League's Las Vegas Sting and Las Vegas Gladiators. In 2005 and 2006, the arena hosted the Arena Football League's ArenaBowl. And it hosted the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, marking the first time that this game was held in a city without an NBA franchise. For the first time in NBA history, an on-campus college sports arena served as host venue for an NBA All-Star Game. The Thomas and Mack Center had also been an alternate home for the Utah Jazz in the mid-1980's, and was where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain's record for points in a career in 1984. The 1994-95 Big West Conference, 1997-99 Western Athletic Conference and 2000-03 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournaments were held there as well, and returned in 2007. Maximum capacity for basketball in the Thomas and Mack center is 18,776


FIBA AMERICAS TOURNAMENT MEDALS SUMMARY

As of before the upcoming 2007 event


Gold
Silver
Bronze
United States
3
0
0
Puerto Rico
1
0
1
Argentina
0
2
0
Venezuela
0
1
0
Canada
0
1
0
Brazil
0
0
2



FIBA AMERICAS TOURNAMENT YEAR BY YEAR STANDINGS

1992
1995
1999
2003
1.
USA
PUR
USA
USA
2.
VEN
ARG
CAN
ARG
3.
BRA
BRA
ARG
PUR
4.
PUR
CAN
PUR
CAN
5.
CAN
CUB
VEN
MEX
6.
#ARG
URU
BRA
VEN
7.
#CUB
DOM
DOM
BRA
8.
#MEX
BAH
URU
DOM
9.
#PAN
*BAR
*CUB
*URU
10.
#URU
*VEN
*PAN
*ISV
 
 

# Tied for sixth place. * Tied for ninth place.


TEAM USA ROSTER | UPDATED AUG. 21, 2007

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
DOB
CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE or HIGH SCHOOL
Carmelo Anthony
F
6-8
230
5/29/84
Denver Nuggets / Syracuse
Chauncey Billups
G
6-3
202
9/25/76
Detroit Pistons / Colorado
Kobe Bryant
G
6-6
220
8/23/78
Los Angeles Lakers / Lower Merion High School (PA)
Tyson Chandler
C
7-1
225
10/02/82
New Orleans Hornets / Dominguez H.S. (CA)
Nick Collison
F
6-10
255
10/26/80
Seattle SuperSonics / University of Kansas
Kevin Durant
G
6-9
220
9/29/88
Seattle SuperSonics / University of Texas
Dwight Howard
F/C
6-11
265
12/08/85
Orlando Magic / Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
LeBron James
F
6-8
240
12/30/84
Cleveland Cavaliers / St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH)
Jason Kidd
G
6-4
212
3/23/73
New Jersey Nets / Califonria
Mike Miller
G
6-8
218
2/19/80
Memphis Grizzlies / Florida
Tayshaun Prince
F
6-9
205
2/28/80
Detroit Pistons / University of Kentucky
J.J. Redick
G
6-4
190
6/24/84
Orlando Magic / Duke
Michael Redd
G
6-6
215
8/24/79
Milwaukee Bucks / Ohio State
Amare Stoudemire
C
6-10
240
11/16/82
Phoenix Suns / Cypress Creek High School (FL)
Deron Williams
G
6-3
205
7/26/84
Utah Jazz / Illinois
Managing Director: Jerry Colangelo
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University (N.C.)
Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University (N.Y.)
Assistant Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix Suns
Assistant Coach: Nate McMillan, Portland Trail Blazers
Director of Scouting: Rudy Tomjanovich
Director of International Player Personnel: Tony Ronzone



TEAM USA PLAYERS UNAVAILABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN 2007 These players withdrew their 2007 availability, either due to injury, personal reasons, etc.

Gilbert Arenas, Carlos Boozer, Bruce Bowen, Elton Brand, Antawn Jamison, Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion, Brad Miller, Adam Morrison, Greg Oden, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Paul Pierce, Lamar Odom, Dwyane Wade.


TEAM USA COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski (Duke University)
Assistant Coaches: Jim Boeheim (Syracuse University), Mike D'Antoni (Phoenix Suns), Nate McMillan (Portland Trail Blazers)


COMPLETE 2006-08 TEAM USA FULL ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
DOB
CURRENT TEAM / COLLEGE or HIGH SCHOOL
Carmelo Anthony
F
6-8
230
5/29/84
Denver Nuggets / Syracuse
Gilbert Arenas
G
6-4
210
1/06/82
Washington Wizards / Arizona
Shane Battier
F
6-8
220
9/09/78
Houston Rockets / Duke
Chauncey Billups
G
6-3
202
9/25/76
Detroit Pistons / Colorado
Carlos Boozer
F
6-9
258
11/20/81
Utah Jazz / Duke
Chris Bosh
F
6-10
230
3/24/84
Toronto Raptors / Georgia Tech
Bruce Bowen
F
6-7
200
6/14/71
San Antonio Spurs / Cal State Fullerton
Elton Brand
F
6-8
254
3/11/79
Los Angeles Clippers / Duke
Kobe Bryant
G
6-6
220
8/23/78
Los Angeles Lakers / Lower Merion High School (PA)
Tyson Chandler
C
7-1
225
10/02/82
New Orleans Hornets / Dominguez H.S. (CA)
Kevin Durant
G
6-9
220
9/29/88
Seattle SuperSonics / University of Texas
Kirk Hinrich
G
6-3
190
1/02/81
Chicago Bulls / Kansas
Dwight Howard
F/C
6-11
265
12/08/85
Orlando Magic / Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy
LeBron James
F
6-8
240
12/30/84
Cleveland Cavaliers / St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH)
Antawn Jamison
F
6-9
235
6/12/76
Washington Wizards / North Carolina
Joe Johnson
G/F
6-7
230
6/29/81
Atlanta Hawks / Arkansas
Jason Kidd
G
6-4
212
3/23/73
New Jersey Nets / Califonria
Shawn Marion
F
6-7
228
5/07/78
Phoenix Suns / UNLV
Brad Miller
C
7-0
261
4/12/76
Sacramento Kings / Purdue
Mike Miller
G
6-8
218
2/19/80
Memphis Grizzlies / Florida
Adam Morrison
F
6-8
205
7/19/84
Charlotte Bobcats / Gonzaga
Greg Oden
C
6-10
250
1/22/88
Portland Trail Blazers / Ohio State University
Lamar Odom
F
6-10
230
11/06/79
Los Angeles Lakers / Rhode Island
Chris Paul
G
6-0
170
5/06/85
New Orleans Hornets / Wake Forest
Paul Pierce
F/G
6-6
230
10/13/77
Boston Celtics / Kansas
Tayshaun Prince
F
6-9
205
2/28/80
Detroit Pistons / University of Kentucky
J.J. Redick
G
6-4
190
6/24/84
Orlando Magic / Duke
Michael Redd
G
6-6
215
8/24/79
Milwaukee Bucks / Ohio State
Luke Ridnour
G
6-1
167
2/13/81
Seattle SuperSonics / Oregon
Amare Stoudemire
C
6-10
240
11/16/82
Phoenix Suns / Cypress Creek High School (FL)
Dwyane Wade
G
6-4
212
1/17/82
Miami Heat / Marquette
Deron Williams
G
6-3
205
7/26/84
Utah Jazz / Illinois
Managing Director: Jerry Colangelo
Head Coach: Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University (N.C.)
Assistant Coach: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse University (N.Y.)
Assistant Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix Suns
Assistant Coach: Nate McMillan, Portland Trail Blazers
Director of Scouting: Rudy Tomjanovich



2007 FIBA AMERICAS TOURNAMENT REFEREES | AS OF AUG. 21, 2007

Jose Anibal CARRION (Puerto Rico)
Guerrino CEREBUCH (Italy)
Jose Arnoldo DORAME FELIX (Mexico)
Carlos Renato DOS SANTOS (Brazil)
Pablo Alberto ESTEVEZ (Argentina)
Clement Jeron HEYLIGER (Virgin Islands)
Mike Amir HOMSY (Canada)
William Gene KENNEDY (USA)
Reynaldo Antonio MERCEDES SANCHEZ (Dominican Republic)
David PAPO VUKELIC (Venezuela)
Miguel Anguel PEREZ NIZ (Spain)
Daniel Hugo RODRIGO (Argentina)
Eddie Fernanzo RUSH (USA)
Petr SUDEK (Slovak Republic)
Hector Luis USLENGHI SBURLATI (Uruguay)
Jorge VAZQUEZ (Puerto Rico)


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