FIBA Americas Championship Roundup | Sept. 11, 2013



FIBA Americas Championship Roundup | Sept. 11, 2013



CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Puerto Rico National Team earned its way into the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship title game on Tuesday with a 79-67 victory over the Dominican Republic in Caracas, Venezuela. The victory put Puerto Rico into the title tilt with Mexico, and that game will be televised at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN3.com.

Wolves guard J.J. Barea was again a big part of Puerto Rico’s semifinal victory over the Dominican Republic. He scored 16 points and hit 6-of-10 shots from the field in the victory, including a 3-pointer. He finished with five boards and eight assists while not committing a turnover.

He and fellow countryman Carlos Arroyo paced Puerto Rico. Arroyo had 20 points on the night while shooting 4-of-8 from 3-point range. He had five boards, three assists and four steals. Renaldo Balkman had 13 points, and Ricardo Sanchez had 12. John Holland, who played on the Wolves’ Summer League squad, had nine.

The win improves Puerto Rico to 7-2 at the FIBA Americas Championship, and that semifinal victory came against a Dominican Republic team that beat Puerto Rico 99-84 earlier in the tournament. Puerto Rico’s only other loss of the tourney came against Mexico—their opponent in tonight’s championship. In that 66-59 loss, Puerto Rico did not play Barea, Arroyo or Balkman.

Mexico also enters the matchup 7-2. Their two losses came against Argentina and Canada. Mexico returned the favor to Argentina in the semifinals with a 76-70 victory on Tuesday.


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