The South American Championship started with two games on Friday in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. This tournament will qualify four or five teams to next summer’s Americas-wide Championship, which serves as the qualifiers for the 2018 World Championship. In addition to qualifying, several teams are preparing for more play in the summer. Of course, Brazil’s players will be fighting for roster spots in the Olympics as their star players will not join the team until later. Argentina and Venezuela are both trying to qualify for the Olympics through the final tournament and will be hopeful that competitive games will help them reach their best.
Nine of the ten possible teams entered the tournament, so the absence of Bolivia created uneven groups. With five teams, Group A play started a day earlier. Chile would have been the favorite to finish second in the group and automatically qualify had they been at full strength, but they looked terrible in the opener without their star as Colombia breezed to a 79-38 win. Brazil had as easy a game as they expected with a 115-42 blowout of Uruguay. With several players with WNBA experience, Nadia Gomes Colhado led the way in the win as no Uruguayan players reached double figures.
May 20, 2016
Chile vs. Colombia 38-79 CHI Gomez 10 Salvatierra 8 Abuyeres 6 Angotzi 5 Fuentes 4 Morales 2 Marc. Gamboa 2 Bermudez 1 Mari. Gamboa 0 Cousino 0 Koljanin 0 Videla 0 COL Martinez 16/8r Munoz 13 Palacio 13 Tapias 12 Rios 7/6a Mosquera 5/8r Prens 5/7r Torres 4 Vente 2/8r Mendoz 2 Delgado 0 Cordoba 0
Uruguay vs. Brazil 42-115 URU Sergio 7 Somma 5 Dibarboure 5 Panetta 5 Pereyra 4 Martinelli 4 Bello 4 Doring 3 Tovagliari 2 Dagnino 2 Lopez 1 Ezquiaga 0 BRA Colhado 21/9r/6a Ribeiro 19 Castro 15 Paixao 14 Silvestre 13 Santos 9/8r Ega 6 Jacob 6 Pacheco 5/6r Rodrigues 3 Marcal 2 Justino 2