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SUDAF2013 - Brazil is crowned champion
8/4/2013


Mendoza, Argentina - In the last match of the XXXIII South American Championship for Women that was held in Mendoza, the Brazilian national team defeated Argentina by 67-58 and captured the 14 title in a row. Gisela Vega had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

After a quick 6-0 run by Brazil in two minutes, Argentina answered with a triple by Melisa Gretter and a double by Gisela Vega, to start a 10-0 run, which gave the advantage 10-6, halfway through the first quarter. To make matters worse, for Brazil, Fernanda Bibiano was called 2 fouls early. The game became fought and imprecise. Argentina won the first quarter, 18-17.

In the beginning of the second quarter, Argentina regained a 4 point lead, after a double and a foul to Gisela Vega. Brazil discounted two of the Argentinean lead after a basket from Tatiana Nascimento, but Argentina answered with a triple from Paula Reggiardo, a double by Burani and another from Vega, Argentina took the lead to 9 points (28-19). Argentina stayed in attack, but Brazilian discounted, imposed a 16-4 quarter and approached left the scoreboard down by one, (35-36) on the end of the second quarter.

Despite the dominance in rebounds by Brazil (20-6), Argentina based his game in the paint, with great work from Gisela Vega (15pts), Agostina Burani (5pts) and Carolina Sanchez (3pts), exerting a good defense.

Brazil imposed a 9-2 run in three minutes and took a six point advantage (44-38). Argentina looked unbalanced and could not find the best game. That allowed the Brazilian team to take a lead of 7 points (47-40), with 6.26 to play, forcing Cristian Santander to seek a timeout. After the short break, Argentina was still imprecise and Brazil extended the advantage to 13 points (57-44).

In the fourth quarter, Argentina tried to cut the Brazilian lead, but then appears Damiris Dantas, who scored two times to bring the scoreboard to 61-49.

Led by Vega and Gretter, Argentina managed to get close, and cut the advantage to 7 points (61-54). But Brazil, slowly buried the hopes of the local team and won the match, 67-58.

Federico Radulovich
PHOTO - Confederación Brasilera Básquetbol

 


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