August 6, 2017
The first edition of the tournament under the new AmeriCup name started on Sunday in Buenos Aires. The ten teams are divided into two groups with round-robin play running for five straight days with only one bye for each team. The top two teams in each group qualify for the all-important semifinals. The winners of those semifinals along with the bronze medalists will join the Olympic gold medalist United States team in representing the Americas in next summer’s World Championship.
The day opened with Venezuela harassing Brazil, but the team that only recently found out that they would be allowed to compete, won 71-63. Waleska Perez and reigning NAIA Player of the Year Daniela Wallen helped the underdogs grab the lead late, but it was not enough. The day ended with Argentina delighting the home fans by breezing to an 80-48 win over the US Virgin Islands.
Brazil vs. Venezuela 71-63 BRA Justino 12/10r Pacheco 12/7r Santos 9/8r J. Rodrigues 8/7r De Paula 8 Teixeira 7 Garvao 5 Da Silva 4 Macedo 4 Honorio 2 L. Rodriguez DNP Nicoletti DNP VEN Perez 21/6s Wallen 20/6r Corrales 9 Marquez 7 Renault 4 Duran 2 Garate 0 Marcano 0 Ortega 0 Garcia DNP Betancourt DNP
US Virgin Islands vs. Argentina 48-80 ISV Tate 19/8r Day 7/10r Hamilton 7/8r Bough 5 Taylor 5 George 3 Barry 2 Jones 0 Claxton 0 Carey 0 ARG Boquete 17 Durso 14 Gretter 14 Aispura 10 Rosset 6 Fiorotto 4/7r Marchizotte 4 Gonzalez 4 Perez 3 Santana 2 Armesto 2 Burani DNP
Puerto Rico made only one change from their qualifying roster and Ali Gibson contributed immediately as they got revenge on Mexico with a 69-49 win. A rematch of the final from two years agao was next as both teams welcomed some new players. Canada’s additions helped that get even further ahead of Cuba compared to their last meeting as they took a big lead early and never looked back in an 81-35 demolition.
Puerto Rico vs. Mexico 69-49 PUR Gibson 13 Melendez 9 Placido 9 Bermudez 7/6r Perez 7 Rosado 7 Jones 5 Gonzalez 4 Salaman 4 Santos 2 Quinones 2 Crespo 0 MEX Luna 16/11r Silva 7 Pardo 6 Avila 6 Orozco 6 Nunez 4 Lara 2 Ramos 2 Torre 0 Vargas 0 Saad 0 Martinez 0
Cuba vs. Canada 35-81 CUB Galindo 12 Ochoa 5/7r Romero 5 Casanova 4 Oquendo 3/7r Bouly 2/7r Cepeda 2 Martinez 2 Garcia 0/6r Tornell 0 Armentero 0 Thompson 0 CAN Fields 18 Hamblin 15/10r Scott 12 K. Plouffe 7/6r Colley 6 Nurse 6 M. Plouffe 5/6r Ayim 4 Langlois 3/8r Dally 3 Hill 2 Carleton 0