Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Argentina beat Venezuela and is in the semi-finals of Basketball AmeriCup. The next opponent will be the United States on Saturday

The Argentine basketball team continued with a perfect pace in the AmeriCup in Brazil and defeated Venezuela 76–53, 76–53 in the city of Recife to reach the semi-finals.

At the Geraldo Arena in the capital of the state of Pernambuco, the group, led by Córdoba’s Pablo Prigioni, achieved their fourth consecutive victory in the continental competition.

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The national quintet clearly dominated the development and prevailed with the following progressions: 21–18, 44–22, 62–32 and 76–53. This Saturday’s semifinal opponent will be the United States, having defeated Puerto Rico 85-84 in one of the quarterfinal matches of the competition.

Fásundo Campazo (Denver Nuggets) and Juan Pablo Vulet (Manresa) from Córdoba, as well as Gabriel Deque (Real Madrid) from Santiago were the main goalscorers for the Argentine team with 12 goals each.

The scorer of the day was Venezuelan forward Jose Materón (former Bahia Baskets), who finished his job with a balance of 15 points and 3 rebounds. The tremendous dominance imposed by the winning team allowed DT Prizioni to turn around, generate rest for their normal start and use alternate elements in the second half.

Venezuela, led by Argentine coach Fernando Duro, arrived in this continental championship with notoriety absences such as Michael Carreras, Gregory Vargas, Hesler Gillant or Nestor Colmenares, as none of them received the relevant authority from the Super League. Basketball (SBV).

The Argentine team took control from the start with an active campazzo (4 assists in the first quarter), as well as a designated deck (6 points in the opening 10 minutes) each time the opponents went to the basket.

At the start of the second half, the Venezuelan team’s opening attack reduced the numbers, but that moment soon ended, with two consecutive three-pointers by Campazzo.

Since then, both banks have rotated players and preferred to shoot the ones with fewer minutes. The losing team improved production in the final stages and cut figures in a game in which it almost never competed. Canada was one of the teams to qualify for the semi-finals, beating Mexico 82–77.

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