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Argentina's 14 3-pointers are key to victory over Venezuela

8/27/2007 - NBA

LAS VEGAS -- Carlos Delfino had 19 points and 11 rebounds
and Argentina hit 14 3-pointers in an 86-63 victory over Venezuela
on Monday in the second round of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Argentina (4-0) finished the four-game first round shooting 42.3
percent from 3-point range, second only to the United States' 48.4.
They were the only teams to shoot better than 40 percent from
beyond the arc.

That percentage improved with the 14-for-26 effort (54 percent)
against Venezuela (0-4).

Roman Gonzalez had 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting to lead
Argentina, which finished the first round as the only other
unbeaten other than the United States. The two meet Thursday to
close the second round.

The top two finishers in the 10-team tournament earn berths in
the Beijing Olympics.

Delfino, who plays for the Toronto Raptors, was 3-for-3 on 3s in
the first half as Argentina took a 51-34 lead and coasted from
there.

Delfino finished 4-for-5 from behind the arc and
Paolo Quinteros
added three 3s as eight players hit 3-pointers for Argentina, which
at one point was 11-for-18 from long range.

Carlos Cedeno had 15 points for Venezuela, which was coming off
its lone win of the first round, over the U.S. Virgin Islands. In
the tournament format, that win didn't carry to the second round,
however, since the U.S. Virgin Islands didn't advance.

In other action on Monday:

Canada 95, Uruguay 88

Canada got physical with Uruguay and used its
size advantage in a second-round victory at the
FIBA Americas tournament.

Jesse Young had 22 points, Levon Kendall had nine points and
nine rebounds and Samuel Dalembert had 10 points, five rebounds and
three blocks to lead Canada (2-2).

Canada led the entire game and held off the one closing threat
by Uruguay (2-2), again by going inside.

Young, who had a total of 29 points in Canada's four
opening-round games, was 10-for-16 from the field.

But it was on the defensive end where he and his fellow big men
were even more impressive.

Uruguay's 6-10 Esteban Batista entered the game as the
tournament's leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 23
points and 14.5 rebounds. He finished with 16 points on 6-for-15
shooting and had six rebounds against Canada.

Canada finished with a 43-29 rebound advantage and Kendall, who
played for Pittsburgh, was a big part of that, getting eight in the
second half when Young and Dalembert spent time on the bench either
because of foul trouble or just getting a breather.

Puerto Rico 97, Brazil 75

Puerto Rico came up with an impressive victory over Brazil (2-2) in the second round of the FIBA Americas tournament.

Larry Ayuso had 24 points for Puerto Rico (1-3), the last team
to advance to the second round of the tournament.

Puerto Rico opened the game with a 14-4 run and led 39-28 at
halftime. But Brazil started to find some offensive flow in the
third quarter as Leandro Barbosa, who plays for the Phoenix Suns,
finally snapped out of his funk that started the night before in a
113-76 loss to the United States.

Barbosa finished with 34 points, 26 in the second half, on
10-for-20 shooting and was 12-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Carlos Arroyo, who plays for the Orlando Magic, held the ball up
top for the last shot in the third quarter. With three seconds left he made a move at his
defender, stepped back and hit a 3 at the buzzer.

Those were the first of 10 straight points in a 19-2 run that
gave Puerto Rico an 81-56 lead with 4:30 to play and Puerto Rico
cruised from there.

Peter John Ramos and Filiberto Rivera both had 14 points for
Puerto Rico and Arroyo finished with 11.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.