2007–08 FIBA Americas League

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The 2007–08 FIBA Americas League was the first edition of the first-tier and most important professional international club basketball competition in the regions of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico, with the winner of the competition being crowned as the best team and champion of all of those regions, as well as of the FIBA Americas zone. The first FIBA Americas League also included two teams from the United States, the Miami Tropics, and the PBL All-Stars, which was an All-Star selection team from the Premier Basketball League. However, the NBA is the first-tier competition in the United States, and it is in fact an international league, as it contains also a team from Canada. So teams from the United States and Canada are eligible to play at the competition because they belong to the FIBA Americas region. However, at the pro club level for those two countries, the FIBA Americas League would not be considered the 1st-tier league.

FIBA Americas League 2007–08
LeagueFIBA Americas League
SportBasketball
DurationDecember 4, 2007 – February 9, 2008
Top scorerUnited States Quincy Wadley
(Peñarol de Mar del Plata)
Finals
ChampionsArgentina Peñarol de Mar del Plata
  Runners-upMexico Soles de Mexicali
Grand Final MVPUnited States Quincy Wadley
(Peñarol de Mar del Plata)
FIBA Americas League seasons

The competition began on December 4. The first stage was a round robin phase with four teams in each group. Each of the groups were played in different cities, (Guaynabo, Miami, Belo Horizonte, and Mar del Plata). The Final 4 of the league was played in a round-robin format from February 7 to February 9, in Mexicali, Mexico, home of the hosting team, Soles de Mexicali.

TeamsEdit

Group phase
  Boca Juniors (1st)   Brasília (1st)   Soles de Mexicali (1st)   Miami Tropics (ABA)
  Peñarol Mar del Plata (2nd)   Flamengo (2nd)   Halcones de Xalapa (2nd)   Premier Basketball League All Stars (PBL)
  Libertad SunchalesLSH(3d)   Minas Tênis (WC)   Fuerza Regia (WC)   Cangrejeros de Santurce (1st)
  Metros de Santiago (1st)   Defensor Sporting (WC)   Liceo Mixto (1st)   Capitanes de Arecibo (2nd)

The labels in the parentheses show how each team qualified for the place of its starting round (TH: Americas League title holders, LSH: Liga Sudamerican title holders):

  • LC: Qualified through a licensed club with a long-term licence
  • 1st, 2nd, etc.: League position after Playoffs

Group stageEdit

Key to colors
     Top two places advanced to Quarterfinals

Group A (Guaynabo)Edit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD
1.   Soles de Mexicali 3 3 0 248 227 +21
2.   Cangrejeros de Santurce 3 2 1 262 210 +52
3.   PBL All-Stars 3 1 2 238 267 −29
4.   Metros de Santiago 3 0 3 236 280 −44


December 4, 2007
PBL All-Stars   95–91   Metros de Santiago
Scoring by quarter: 9–22, 32–22, 28–25, 26–22
Pts: Tatum 18
Rebs: Pradia 11
Asts: Pérez Tejeda 5
Pts: Curbelo 23
Rebs: Solano 10
Asts: Ramírez Arias, Lenderborg 6

December 4, 2007
Cangrejeros de Santurce   74–75   Soles de Mexicali
Scoring by quarter: 15–22, 9–17, 24–16, 26–20
Pts: Falcon Meléndez 19
Rebs: Dalmau 14
Asts: Dalmau 3
Pts: Wheat 23
Rebs: Penny 10
Asts: Wheat 5
Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo

December 6, 2007
Metros de Santiago   83–94   Soles de Mexicali
Scoring by quarter: 15–25, 16–29, 29–17, 23–23
Pts: Solano 15
Rebs: Solano 8
Asts: Ramírez Arias 6
Pts: Penny 25
Rebs: Llamas 12
Asts: Wheat 6
Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo

December 6, 2007
PBL All-Stars   73–97   Cangrejeros de Santurce
Scoring by quarter: 16–25, 21–24, 9–20, 27–28
Pts: Tatum 17
Rebs: Pradia 13
Asts: Russell 3
Pts: Falcon Meléndez 19
Rebs: Falcon Meléndez 9
Asts: Falcon Meléndez, Santiago 5
Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo

December 7, 2007
Soles de Mexicali   79–70   PBL All-Stars
Scoring by quarter: 27–27, 19–10, 11–19, 22–14
Pts: Penny 19
Rebs: Carrillo García 10
Asts: Wheat, Esquer Paredes 3
Pts: Pérez Tejeda 20
Rebs: Pittman 8
Asts: Howard, Russell 2
Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo

December 7, 2007
Cangrejeros de Santurce   91–62   Metros de Santiago
Scoring by quarter: 24–18, 26–13, 22–20, 19–11
Pts: Dalmau, Watson 22
Rebs: Traylor 10
Asts: Dalmau 5
Pts: Solano 17
Rebs: Solano 9
Asts: Lenderborg 6
Mario Morales Coliseum, Guaynabo

Group B (Miami)Edit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD
1.   Miami Tropics 3 3 0 296 264 +32
2.   Halcones de Xalapa 3 1 2 310 287 +23
3.   Fuerza Regia 3 1 2 274 288 −14
4.   Capitanes de Arecibo 3 1 2 253 290 −37


December 11, 2007
Capitanes de Arecibo   96–93   Fuerza Regia
Scoring by quarter: 28–16, 26–22, 19–30, 23–25
Pts: Figueroa 22
Rebs: Figueroa 11
Asts: Hatton 9
Pts: Quintero, Williams, 23
Rebs: Crutchfield 11
Asts: Quintero 6

December 11, 2007
Miami Tropics   112–105 (OT)   Halcones de Xalapa
Scoring by quarter: 20–29, 24–22, 26–20, 21–20, Overtime: 21–14
Pts: Rosario 32
Rebs: Shelman 13
Asts: Shelman 6
Pts: Mata 29
Rebs: Bradley, Ayón 10
Asts: Bowie, Prendes 4
FIU Arena, Miami

December 12, 2007
Capitanes de Arecibo   86–116   Halcones de Xalapa
Scoring by quarter: 16–22, 20–35, 27–27, 23–32
Pts: Figueroa 21
Rebs: Massenburg 10
Asts: Cruz 5
Pts: Bowie 25
Rebs: Avila 8
Asts: Bradley 6
FIU Arena, Miami

December 12, 2007
Fuerza Regia   88–103   Miami Tropics
Scoring by quarter: 16–25, 26–19, 23–30, 23–29
Pts: Williams 28
Rebs: Jackson 17
Asts: Jackson, Quintero 3
Pts: Watson 25
Rebs: Shelman 9
Asts: Mitchell, Shelman, Watson 6
FIU Arena, Miami

December 13, 2007
Fuerza Regia   93–89   Halcones de Xalapa
Scoring by quarter: 23–26, 18–17, 27–26, 25–20
Pts: Williams 35
Rebs: Crutchfield, Jackson 9
Asts: Crutchfield 3
Pts: Salcido 17
Rebs: Bowie 6
Asts: Bowie 5
FIU Arena, Miami

December 13, 2007
Capitanes de Arecibo   71–81   Miami Tropics
Scoring by quarter: 17–11, 13–29, 22–18, 19–23
Pts: Figueroa 25
Rebs: Massenburg 9
Asts: Cruz 9
Pts: Watson 24
Rebs: Baldonado 9
Asts: Shelman 5
FIU Arena, Miami

Group C (Belo Horizonte)Edit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Tie
1.   Minas Tênis Clube 3 2 1 241 232 +9 1–0
2.   Defensor Sporting 3 2 1 242 225 +17 0–1
3.   Boca Juniors 3 1 2 215 246 −31 1–0
4.   Flamengo 3 1 2 250 245 +5 0–1
December 18, 2007
Boca Juniors   73–94   Defensor Sporting
Scoring by quarter: 16–17, 18–23, 15–26, 24–28
Pts: Gutiérrez 19
Rebs: Alloatti, Gutiérrez, Stephens 6
Asts: Sartorelli 3
Pts: Jackson 34
Rebs: Mielke 14
Asts: González 5

December 18, 2007
Minas Tênis Clube   88–99   Flamengo
Scoring by quarter: 18–22, 20–26, 24–10, 26–41
Pts: Johnson 26
Rebs: Camargos 9
Asts: Sucatzky 11
Pts: Da Costa, Machado 25
Rebs: Coloneze 13
Asts: Lima 8
Juscelino Kubitschek Arena, Belo Horizonte

December 19, 2007
Boca Juniors   77–76   Flamengo
Scoring by quarter: 24–22, 16–15, 22–16, 15–23
Pts: Orona 20
Rebs: Cequeira, Stephens 6
Asts: Sartorelli 5
Pts: Machado 23
Rebs: Machado 8
Asts: Vega 4
Juscelino Kubitschek Arena, Belo Horizonte

December 19, 2007
  Minas Tênis Clube 77–68 Defensor Sporting  
Scoring by quarter: 23–15, 17–17, 23–17, 13–19
Pts: Machado 28
Rebs: Machado 14
Asts: Sucatzky 9
Pts: Jackson, Castrillon 18
Rebs: Mielke 16
Asts: González Correa 8
Juscelino Kubitschek Arena, Belo Horizonte

December 20, 2007
  Flamengo 75–80 Defensor Sporting  
Scoring by quarter: 17–24, 21–16, 16–17, 21–23
Pts: Da Costa 26
Rebs: Coloneze 13
Asts: Alvim, Lima 3
Pts: Jackson 26
Rebs: Paez 10
Asts: González Correa 6
Juscelino Kubitschek Arena, Belo Horizonte

December 20, 2007
  Boca Juniors 65–76 Minas Tênis Clube  
Scoring by quarter: 19–22, 9–26, 18–18, 19–20
Pts: Cequeira 19
Rebs: Robinson 9
Asts: Cequeira 3
Pts: Johnson 21
Rebs: Machado 9
Asts: Sucatzky 10
Juscelino Kubitschek Arena, Belo Horizonte

Group D (Mar del Plata)Edit

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD
1.   Peñarol 3 3 0 248 207 +41
2.   Libertad 3 2 1 228 204 +24
3.   Brasília 3 1 2 218 238 −20
4.   Liceo Mixto 3 0 3 224 269 −45
January 8, 2008
Libertad   76–65   Brasília
Scoring by quarter: 20–12, 20–16, 21–20, 15–17
Pts: Battle 19
Rebs: Battle, Ceruti 7
Asts: Pelussi 4
Pts: Ferreira 15
Rebs: Ferreira 8
Asts: Silva 9

January 8, 2008
Peñarol   95–76   Liceo Mixto
Scoring by quarter: 25–21, 17–17, 27–15, 26–23
Pts: González 21
Rebs: Osborne 10
Asts: Rodríguez 7
Pts: Hill 22
Rebs: Briones, Madison 8
Asts: Saez 6
Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata

January 9, 2008
Brasília   86–78   Liceo Mixto
Scoring by quarter: 15–19, 34–18, 27–21, 10–20
Pts: Belchor 30
Rebs: De Souza 7
Asts: Santos, Spillers, Silva, Fonseca 3
Pts: Briones, Werth 14
Rebs: Madison 8
Asts: Madison 3
Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata

January 9, 2008
Peñarol   69–64   Libertad
Scoring by quarter: 21–18, 18–10, 13–15, 17–21
Pts: Wadley 22
Rebs: González 7
Asts: Picarelli 6
Pts: Battle, Ginóbili 16
Rebs: Battle, Pelussi 8
Asts: Ceruti, Ginóbili 4
Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata

January 10, 2008
Libertad   88–70   Liceo Mixto
Scoring by quarter: 24–21, 22–16, 26–20, 16–13
Pts: Battle 22
Rebs: Pelussi 7
Asts: Ginóbili 6
Pts: Madison 17
Rebs: Madison 8
Asts: Werth 6
Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata

January 10, 2008
Peñarol   84–67   Brasília
Scoring by quarter: 20–12, 21–12, 14–24, 29–19
Pts: Wadley 22
Rebs: Osborne 7
Asts: Rodríguez 6
Pts: Spillers 22
Rebs: Santos Cipriano 8
Asts: Silva 3
Polideportivo Islas Malvinas, Mar del Plata

QuarterfinalsEdit

Team No. 1 Agg. Team No. 2 Game 1 Game 2 Game 3
1. Halcones de Xalapa   1–2   Soles de Mexicali 93–78 60–72 84–67
2. Libertad   0–2   Minas Tênis Clube 72–74 73–80
3. Cangrejeros de Santurce   1–2   Miami Tropics 102–94 64–91 83–91
4. Defensor Sporting   1–2   Peñarol 98–95 74-98 68–77


Game 1Edit

January 14, 2008
Halcones de Xalapa   93–78   Soles de Mexicali
Scoring by quarter: 25–14, 29–30, 24–13, 15–21
Pts: Ayón 20
Rebs: Selleaze 8
Asts: Johnson 7
Pts: Lewis 23
Rebs: Lewis 12
Asts: Chávez, Penny, Wheat 3

January 15, 2008
Libertad   72–74   Minas Tênis Clube
Scoring by quarter: 18–26, 18–14, 22–17, 14–17
Pts: Pelussi 19
Rebs: Battle 11
Asts: Müller, Ginóbili, Pelussi 4
Pts: Campos 15
Rebs: Johnson 7
Asts: Sucatzky 6

January 16, 2008
Cangrejeros de Santurce   102–94   Miami Tropics
Scoring by quarter: 26–17, 17–26, 28–19, 31–32
Pts: Dalmau 29
Rebs: Traylor 10
Asts: Santiago 9
Pts: Barnes 19
Rebs: Robinson 7
Asts: Mitchell 5

January 17, 2008
Defensor Sporting   98–95   Peñarol
Scoring by quarter: 25–23, 30–24, 23–27, 20–21
Pts: Jackson 29
Rebs: Mielke 9
Asts: Jackson 7
Pts: Wadley 32
Rebs: Osborne 7
Asts: Osborne 6
Estadio Alberto Casal, Montevideo

Game 2Edit

January 21, 2008
Soles de Mexicali   72–60   Halcones de Xalapa
Scoring by quarter: 26–26, 8–10, 25–11, 13–13
Pts: Llamas 19
Rebs: Llamas 7
Asts: Wheat 4
Pts: Bowie 12
Rebs: Ayón 9
Asts: Johnson 4

January 22, 2008
Minas Tênis Clube   80–73   Libertad
Scoring by quarter: 27–18, 19–13, 11–17, 23–25
Pts: Sucatzky 25
Rebs: Camargos, Sucatzky 5
Asts: Sucatzky 10
Pts: Pelussi 21
Rebs: Battle 10
Asts: Moldu 4

January 24, 2008
Miami Tropics   91–64   Cangrejeros de Santurce
Scoring by quarter: 17–18, 19–13, 30–18, 25–15
Pts: Barnes 23
Rebs: Rosario 12
Asts: Mitchell 7
Pts: Traylor 14
Rebs: Traylor 9
Asts: Santiago 3

January 22, 2008
Peñarol   98–74   Defensor Sporting
Scoring by quarter: 20–24, 24–16, 26–16, 28–18
Pts: Wadley 19
Rebs: Osborne 9
Asts: Wadley 7
Pts: Jackson 19
Rebs: Manciel 7
Asts: González Correa 8

Game 3Edit

January 22, 2008
Soles de Mexicali   84–67   Halcones de Xalapa
Scoring by quarter: 16–20, 19–19, 21–9, 28–19
Pts: Lewis, Wheat 20
Rebs: Llamas 12
Asts: Lewis, Lopez, Penny, Wheat 3
Pts: Johnson 23
Rebs: Ayón 10
Asts: Johnson 4

January 25, 2008
Miami Tropics   91–83   Cangrejeros de Santurce
Scoring by quarter: 16–16, 28–24, 19–18, 28–25
Pts: Shelman 29
Rebs: Robinson 7
Asts: Shelman 4
Pts: Traylor 27
Rebs: Traylor 16
Asts: Dalmau, Santiago, Traylor, Watson 3

January 23, 2008
Peñarol   77–68   Defensor Sporting
Scoring by quarter: 21–20, 21–16, 16–12, 19–20
Pts: Rodríguez 17
Rebs: Locatelli 10
Asts: Rodríguez 6
Pts: Jackson 21
Rebs: Paez 14
Asts: Castrillón 4

Final 4Edit

Peñarol got the first place in the round-robin group and won their first Americas League title due to a better point difference than the other two teams who had the same record (Soles de Mexicali and Miami Tropics).


Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Tie
1.   Peñarol 3 2 1 270 246 +24 1–1 (+24)
2.   Soles de Mexicali 3 2 1 287 278 +9 1–1 (+9)
3.   Miami Tropics 3 2 1 260 267 −7 1–1 (–7)
4.   Minas Tênis Clube 3 0 3 236 280 −44  
February 7, 2008
Peñarol   94–77   Miami Tropics
Scoring by quarter: 25–17, 22–20, 25–18, 22–22
Pts: Wadley 32
Rebs: Osborne 11
Asts: Wadley 4
Pts: Shelman 16
Rebs: Rosario 8
Asts: Watson 5

February 7, 2008
Soles de Mexicali   95–83   Minas Tênis Clube
Scoring by quarter: 22–26, 31–16, 14–24, 28–17
Pts: Lewis 27
Rebs: Lewis 16
Asts: López 6
Pts: Johnson 23
Rebs: Machado 8
Asts: Sucatzky 8
Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali

February 8, 2008
Peñarol   97–85   Minas Tênis Clube
Scoring by quarter: 27–19, 27–19, 16–20, 27–27
Pts: Wadley 26
Rebs: Locatelli 7
Asts: Locatelli, Rodríguez, Wasdley 5
Pts: Johnson 23
Rebs: Johnson 11
Asts: Sucatzky 14
Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali

February 8, 2008
Soles de Mexicali   108–116 (OT)   Miami Tropics
Scoring by quarter: 24–28, 38–25, 20–24, 18–23Overtime: 8–16
Pts: Llamas 26
Rebs: Llamas 13
Asts: Wheat 10
Pts: Barnes 29
Rebs: Watson 11
Asts: Mitchell 7
Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali

February 9, 2008
Minas Tênis Clube   65–67   Miami Tropics
Scoring by quarter: 19–18, 13–20, 24–8, 9–21
Pts: Fernandes 21
Rebs: Johnson, Santos 8
Asts: Sucatzky 9
Pts: Watson 15
Rebs: Rosario 11
Asts: Mitchell 3
Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali

February 9, 2008
Soles de Mexicali   84–79   Peñarol
Scoring by quarter: 25–18, 16–27, 27–23, 16–11
Pts: Lewis 22
Rebs: Lewis 12
Asts: Penny, Wheat, López, Lewis 3
Pts: Wadley 28
Rebs: Osborne 9
Asts: Rodríguez 3
Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali
FIBA Americas League 2007–08 Champions
 
Peñarol de Mar del Plata
1st title

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