May 25, 2016
The four remaining teams had already secured qualification, but the playoffs for the championship started on Wednesday. Brazil had not been tested previously and got off to a solid start against Argentina, but let the underdogs fight their way back to tie the game after third quarter. The overwhelming favorites recovered with a dominant final frame to win 73-57 with Iziane Castro Marques getting some help from Palmira Cristina Marcal. The hosts closed the day against Colombia, building a lead early, but then needing to hang on for the 67-59 win. Waleska Perez paced Venezuela again as she will need her teammates to also be at their best if they want to pull off the upset on Thursday. Mabel Martinez led all scorers, but it was not enough for the win.
Brazil vs. Argentina 73-57 BRA Castro 19 Marcal 18 Colhado 13/12r Jacob 7/11r Rodrigues 6/7a Santos 4 Paixao 3 Pachecho 3 Ega 0 Silvestre 0 Justino 0 Ribeiro DNP ARG Vega 14 Rosset 11 Santana 8 Gretter 7/6a Boquete 7 Burani 4 Pavon 2 Thomas 2 Fiorotto 2 Flores 0 Llorente 0 Cabrera 0
Venezuela vs. Colombia 67-59 VEN Perez 17/10r Silva 15 Marquez 11/6r Duran 10 Renault 4 Garcia 4 Corrales 2 Wallen 2 Garate 2 Ortega 0 Rivas 0 Landaeta DNP COL Martinez 23/7r Mosquera 16/11r Prens 13/10r Palacio 5/10a Munoz 2 Cordoba 0 Rios 0 Mendoza 0 Vente 0 Delgado 0 Tapias 0 Torres DNP
5th Place Playoff:
The day started with the playoff to determine which team might get another chance at making it to next summer’s tournament if a spot opens up after this summer. Paraguay took the early lead, but Ecuador fought back before falling behind further in the second half and losing 72-52. Maria Mercado had a great all around performance and got some help from the two former collegiate players. Dayanna Salcedo had a solid effort in the loss, but it was not enough for the team to qualify again as they did last summer.
Paraguay vs. Ecuador 72-52 PAR Mercado 19/9r/8a T. Insfran 17/6r Huttemann 15 Caraves 8/7r/7a Pena 6/9r R. Insfran 4 Torres 3 Gomez 0 Perez DNP Quevedo DNP Niz DNP Cardenas DNP ECU Salcedo 19/11r Gencon 15/6r Caicedo 4 Moreira 4 Angulo 2/8r Yepez 2/6r Lasso 2 Vinueza 2 Figueroa 2 Patino 0 Santamaria DNP