Colombia-Argentina and Brazil-Venezuela are Semifinals – South American U17 Women’s Championship 2023

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Colombia-Argentina and Brazil-Venezuela are Semifinals - South American U17 Women's Championship 2023

BUCARAMANGA (Colombia) – The FIBA ​​​​​​U-17 Women’s South American Championship closed its Group Stage this Thursday and the semi-finalist teams of the tournament were defined. Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil and Argentina topped groups A and B, respectively, and are still in contention to secure one of the three tickets to the FIBA ​​​​​​Under-18 Women’s Americas Championship in 2024 and for the gold medal in the competition held. .at the Bicentennial Coliseum in Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Colombia-Argentina will play in the first Semifinal bracket while Venezuela-Brazil will compete in the other.

Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay will play reclassification games for positions 5 to 8. For its part, Chile (last classified in Group A) ended its participation in the tournament in ninth place.

This is how the last day of the group stage went:

Paraguay 73-34 Uruguay

The Paraguayan team was strong in defense and took advantage of the mistakes caused by the handling of the ball in Uruguay to increase the first victory of the tournament (73-34), which puts it in third in Group B.

The defense of the Guaraní team added 21 steals of the ball – and caused 32 losses for Paraguay – which translated into 28 points that increased the difference on the scoreboard.

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Colombia-Argentina And Brazil-Venezuela Are Semifinals - South American U17 Women'S Championship 2023

Gabriela Bernal was Paraguay’s top scorer with 15 points. In his statistical line, Bernal also added 9 rebounds. Another standout for the white and red team was Antonella Luraghi with 12 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.

For Uruguay, which finished the group stage without a win, the best player was Lea Castro with a double-double (10 points and 12 rebounds). Antonia Basualdo also stood with 10 units.

Brazil 75-67 Argentina

Brazil came from behind to claim a 75-67 victory in the South American classic against Argentina after a brilliant comeback from the third set to finish as unbeaten Group B leaders.

The “verdeamarelo” team made a 25-10 run when they fell on the scoreboard 48-47 with 4:33 left in the third quarter, giving them the maximum advantage of 14 points (72-58) and sealing the honor in their favor.

Colombia-Argentina And Brazil-Venezuela Are Semifinals - South American U17 Women'S Championship 2023

Micaela Cavalcanti was Brazil’s offensive spark plug with 16 points and was supported by Alexia Araújo (15) and Izabela Da Silva (13). On the other side of the court, Manuella Alves shined in defense with 13 rebounds and 6 blocks, as well as 9 points.

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For Argentina (2-1), second in Group B, the performances of Alma Bourgarel tied with 16 points and Ema Baldo with 10 points in addition to adding 9 boards.

Bolivia 68-74 Venezuela

Venezuela got the last ticket to the Semifinal by defeating the Bolivian team with a final score of 74-68.

The Venezuelan team took advantage of the great third quarter where they led by 14 points (56-42), a margin that gave and resisted Bolivia’s response in the last quarter where the mountain started with 11 points. 2 to bring the score within two points (58-56) but they did not complete the comeback late.

Colombia-Argentina And Brazil-Venezuela Are Semifinals - South American U17 Women'S Championship 2023

For Venezuela, which once again was not good in handling the ball (35 turnovers) but successful from the perimeter (11/28 of triples for a 39% success rate), the players Astrid Inojosa (18 points) and Vanessa Reyes (15) stood up. out. points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists).

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For Bolivia, Daria Alias ​​​​was the top scorer with 17 goals and Sofía Reyes stood out with a stat line of 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Chile 57-68 Colombia

Colombia defeated Chile (57-68) and qualified with an immaculate record (4-0) in the second round of the tournament as leaders of Group A and will play in the Semifinal key against Argentina.

Meredith Venner was again the leading figure for Colombia with a Dantesque double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds. The coffee team has three more players who have passed the offensive double figures: María Pérez (14), María Acosta (13) and Stephanie Vega (12).

Colombia-Argentina And Brazil-Venezuela Are Semifinals - South American U17 Women'S Championship 2023

For the Australs, who left the tournament in ninth place, the best player was Sofia Leichtle with a line of 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block.

This Friday the Second Round of the tournament will begin with the reclassification games and the two Semifinal brackets:

Ecuador – Uruguay (13:00) – Local time (Reclassification 5-8)
Paraguay – Bolivia (15:30) (Reclassification 5-8)
Venezuela – Brazil (18:00) (Semifinal)
Colombia – Argentina (20:30) (Semifinal)