FIBA Americas Championship Roundup | Sept. 5, 2013

by Mark Remme
Web Editor

FIBA Americas Championship Roundup | Sept. 5, 2013

Puerto Rico continues to roll through the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, which runs Aug. 30 through Sept. 11 in Caracas, Venezuela. Led by Wolves point guard J.J. Barea, Puerto Rico is currently 4-0 as it heads into its Thursday, Sept. 5 matchup with Argentina—which can be viewed live on NBATV at 4:20 p.m. CT.

Barea led the way in Puerto Rico’s most recent win, an 88-82 victory over Jamaica on Sept. 2. Barea scored 24 points on 6-of-12 shooting, hit a pair if 3-pointers, added four rebounds and three assists in the victory. Puerto Rico shot 55.3 percent from inside the arc and knocked down 31-of-38 free throws on the night.

One night earlier against Uruguay, Puerto Rico cruised to a 93-69 win as Carlos Arroyo and Alexander Galindo lead the way with 19 points each. Renaldo Balkman added 18 of his own. Barea played just eight minutes and finished with two points on 1-of-1 shooting and added two assists.

On Aug. 31, Puerto Rico held Canada to nine points in the fourth quarter en route to an 83-67 victory. Barea finished the night with 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting and added four assists. Carlos Arroyo led the way with 20 points, while Elias Ayuso added 19 points and Renaldo Balkman had 18.

In Puerto Rico’s first matchup on Aug. 30, it beat Brazil 72-65 thanks to 24 points from Renaldo Balkman, 15 from John Holland and 12 from Barea. Barea also tallied seven rebounds and four assists on the night.

Barea wins MVP at Tuto Marchand Continental Cup

Prior to the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship, Puerto Rico got a tune-up by winning the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup championship with a perfect 4-0 record from Aug. 22-26. During that stretch, Barea led the way and won tournament MVP honors thanks to averaging 18.3 points per game (second in the tournament).

Barea dropped 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting while also producing eight assists and four boards in a 78-71 win over Canada to open up the tournament. He then flirted with a triple-double in Puerto Rico’s 84-78 win over the Dominican Republic, going for 10 points, nine assists and seven boards in the victory.

In Puerto Rico’s third game, an 84-81 win over Brazil, Barea scored 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting while adding six assists and four rebounds. They wrapped up play with an 89-81 win over Argentina, as Barea finished with 21 points, eight assists, shot 5-of-8 from the field and hit 3-of-5 3-pointers.

For the tournament, Barea shot 20-of-37 from the field.

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