AmeriCup 2017: Argentina, others secure trip to Semi-Finals

Lekan Sowande with Agency Reports

The group phase of the FIBA Women’s AmeriCup 2017 has been concluded in Buenos Aires, with host Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Puerto securing semi-final tickets.

Canada claimed the top of Group A with a 4-0 record, after an 86-64 win over Paraguay.

With an unusual slow start, Canada took a slight lead on the scoreboard, but watched as Paraguay chipped away from the difference with great work from Paola Ferrari, who had 14 points in the game.

The second half of the game was another story as Canada took control of the game with a 45-27 half.

Canada however scored 50 of the team’s points from the paint and dominated the rebounding battle 58-21.

Argentina secured the top of Group B with a dominant 68-49 win over South American rival Brazil.

Argentina had better rhythm from the start and escaped to a comfortable lead after a 20-9 second quarter, maintaining its high-energy offense and kept adding to the difference, taking a 28 advantage during the third quarter.

Brazil faded away and Argentina kept adding with 45% shooting from the field and by winning the rebounding battle 45-35.

Cuba and Mexico said goodbye to the Championship after a 62-51 win for the Caribbean team while Colombia finished its participation in the continental championship with a 62-59 win over Venezuela.

For the right to play in the Final on August 13, Canada will play Brazil in the first Semi- Final before Argentina face the National team of Puerto Rico.

The top-three teams from America’s continental championship will earn tickets to the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2018 in Spain.

 

 

Aisha JM