Argentina wins the FIBA Americup by defeating Brazil in the opposition’s den. The game went deep to the buzzer beater with both sides going neck to neck all through the four quarters. It was Argentina who emerges victorious despite playing on the home turf of Brazil. Brazil had super solid home crowd support with it which kept them going. Each Brazil point home crowd cheer had the ability to blow off the roof of the arena. And every single bucket from Argentina resulted in a deafening silence. The environment was spectacular in the Americup finals but the home crowd was disappointed in the end.
Brazil lineup in FIBA Americup Finals
Cristiano Felicio, Marcelinho Huertas, Vítor Benite, Lucas Dias and Leonardo Meindl.
Argentina Lineup in the Finals
Facundo Campazzo, Nicolás Laprovittola, Carlos Delfino, Gabriel Deck and Marcos Delía.
The First Half of the Game
Argentina went in for the kill right from the first quarter. A healthy lead of 12 points at the end of the first quarter set the momentum for the rest of the game for Argentina. The difference between the two was the successive external shots conversion by Argentina. Gabriel Deck lead the first half with 8 points, 1 assist, and 2 rebounds.
The second quarter had Brazil down 14 to 26. The comeback from Brazil was right in time when they reduced Argentina’s lead to 7 points. However, it was Argentina that won the second quarter as well and went into the latter half of the game with a lead of 10.
The 2nd Half of the FIBA Americup Finals
Brazil’s recovery in the third quarter was superb, they reduced Argentina’s lead to 5. However, it was the unforced and unnecessary fouls from Brazil that gave away easy points to Argentina. Argentina held onto its lead at the end of the third quarter by 7 points with Nicolas Laprovittola leading the pack with 13 points.
The last quarter had momentum going for the home side. Brazil was scoring points and Argentina didn’t score one. The deficit for Brazil changed to lead for the very first time in the game. Argentina takes a timeout and manages to get back the lead of two. With 16 seconds remaining on the buzzer, it was all or none for Brazil as it went for a timeout to decide about the final shot of the game. However, Brazil missed the clutch shot and Argentina won the game.
???? Con ustedes, el campeón de la #Americup 2022 en Recife.
— FIBA AmeriCup (@AmeriCup) September 12, 2022