August 30, 2018
Eight of the ten countries sent a team to this year’s South American Championship as Olympic dreams continue. There are three days of group play in Tunja that will be even more important than the championship because all four teams that finish in the top two of their group will automatically qualify for next year’s Americas-wide tournament. Those who do not make it will be battling for the possibility that they get an extra spot next year.
Thursday started in this group with a terrific matchup of stars with different approaches. Chile started well with Tatiana Gomez offering another option alongside their main star Ziomara Morrison. Paraguay stormed back after halftime as Paola Ferrari, perhaps the most dangerous perimeter scorer on the continent, helped them win 73-66. Brazil is looking forward to recovering from a poor campaign last year and started with a 77-42 win.
Paraguay vs. Chile 73-66 PAR Ferrari 33/6r Caraves 15/6r Peralta 9/6r Mercado 8 Rojas 4/8r T. Insfran 3 Quevedo 1 Huttemann 0 Pena 0 Gomez 0 R. Insfran DNP Cardenas DNP CHI Morrison 25/14r Gomez 22/7r Cousino 8/8r/6a Novion 8/6r Fuentes 2 Troncoso 1 Morales 0 Colossi 0 Abuyeres 0 Moran 0 Pizarro DNP Koljanin DNP
Venezuela vs. Brazil 42-77 VEN Marquez 11 Wallen 10 Corrales 10 Rivera 4 Garate 2 Zapata 2 Betancourt 2 Ortega 1 Perez 0 Renault 0 Duran 0 Zamaro 0 BRA Dos Santos 15/7r Monteiro 12 De Souza 11/10r Paixao 11 Colhado 8/6r De Paula 5 Honorio 4/6r Pacheco 4 Justino 4 Sangalli 3 Soares 0 Da Silva 0
Argentina is expected to be a heavy favorite in this group and they started with a 74-41 win over Ecuador as they also prepare for the world stage in a month. Hosts Colombia closed the day with some momentum from a productive summer and raced out of the starting gates against Peru, rolling to an 84-28 win.
Argentina vs. Ecuador 74-41 ARG Boquete 12 Santana 11 Llorente 8 Rosset 7 Fiorotto 6 Burani 6 Marchizotti 6 Gonzalez 5 Perez 5 Gretter 3/6r Durso 3 Leiva 2/9r ECU Mogollon 7 Salcedo 6 Caicedo 5/7r Barahona 5 Olives 5 Zurita 5 Molina 2 Patino 2 Yepez 2 Lasso 2 Carpio 0 Calderon DNP
Peru vs. Colombia 28-84 PER Escudero 7 Farfan 6 Garcia 4 Quiroz 3 Bellatin 2 Mansilla 2 Guerrero 2 Vega 1/10r Cosmopolis 1 De Lorenzi 0 Cueto 0 Parodi 0 COL Caicedo 17 Rios 10/7r/6a Mosquera 10 Cordoba 9/10r Munoz 7 Prens 6 Lopez 6 Arias 4/6r Martinez 4/6r Paz 4 Vente 4 Palacio 3