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URU/VEN - Uruguay wins Bronze and qualifies to the 2011 Pan-American Games:
8/1/2010


NEIVA (2010 South American Championship) - Uruguay defeated Venezuela 76-70 to win the Bronze medal and qualify for the 2011 Pan-American Games. The Uruguayans already qualified for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship along with Venezuela.

Mauricio Aguiar scored 21 points, Fernando Martinez 19 and Esteban Batista 18 with 11 rebounds for the Uruguayans.

In the first quarter Aguiar and Batista combined for 19 of their 24 points to lead Uruguay who won 24-17. The offense of Uruguay was great in the first quarter shooting 10-13 from the field for 77%, including two three pointers and 2-2 from the free throw line.

The Venezuelans made many defensive adjustments and held the Uruguayans in the second quarter. A 9-0 run in the first 4:30 gave Venezuela a 26-24 lead and they finished up 38-32 where Axiers Sucre led the way with 9 points. Uruguay made three field goals, two three pointers and a two pointer.

In the third quarter both teams stayed close and Uruguay didn't allow Venezuela to run away. The consistency on the offensive side for Uruguay was evident in the final quarter where they won 26-13 to get the win.

Baskets by Mauricio Aguiar and another by Esteban Batista broke a 63-63 tie and never looked back.

Axiers Sucre netted 21 points with 11 rebounds and Jesus Centeno added 10 for Venezuela.

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