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