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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Basketball AmeriCup begins with Brazil-Canada duel

The Brazil national team, the organizing country, will receive Canada tomorrow for the opening day of the so-called Americana Cup of Basketball (Copa América), which will take place in the city of Recife, Pernambuco state.

The match, like the entire competition, which runs until Sunday the 11th, will be played at the Geraldo Magalhes Arena, starting at 8:10 pm. It matches Zone A, completed with the participation of Uruguay (directed by Argentine coach Rubén Magnano) and Colombia, who will face each other from 1:40 pm.

Due to the host’s character and even without some of its best players like Bruno Cabocolo (he would be a trial to join the NBA’s Boston Celtics), the Brazilian representative appeared as a candidate to keep the trophy. it happens.

The team, led by coach Gustavo Conti, will have the most outstanding value of experienced point guard Marcelinho Huertas (Lenovo Tenerife, Spain); shooting guard Didi Lauzada (final leg through NBA’s Portland Blazers); Forward Leo Mendel (Fuenlabrada, Spain) and pivot Augusto Lima (Unicaza Málaga, Spain), among others.

For their part, the Canadian team reached Brazil’s territory, with a completely different squad that they are using in the qualifying window of the American qualifiers, heading to the 2023 World Cup.

The group that leads Zone E of the unbeaten World Cup classification will not have the head coach, Nick Nurse, and only one member of the NBA world: forward Dalano Banton (Toronto Raptors).

Meanwhile, at 1:40 pm, Uruguay will face Colombia under the technical leadership of Cordovan Rubén Magnano (the ex-DT of the Argentine team that was the Olympic champion in Athens 2004).

The “Celeste” quintet will include, among others, forward Joaquín Rodriguez (Obras Baskete), setter Luciano Parodi (former Bahia Baskete) and veteran intern Esteban Batista (former San Lorenzo).

In Zone C, meanwhile, at 11:10, Venezuela will begin its journey against Panama, under the direction of Argentine coach Fernando Duro (former Olympian from La Banda).

The ‘Red Wines’ team, with a very good tie on the way to the 2023 World Cup, would present casualties as the famous Michael Carreras, Gary Sozo, Gregory Vargas, Nestor Colmenares and Heisler Gillant, among others, were not called. . ,

The list, supplied by Duro from Buenos Aires, included forwards Jose Ascanio (former Quimsa from Santiago del Estero) and Edgar Martínez (former Argentine from Passion), as well as intern Windy Gretroll (former Boca Juniors).

Finally, the opening day of the 19th. The continental edition of the competition will conclude tomorrow at 5:40 pm with a duel between Mexico and the United States.

Argentina, with the introduction of Pablo Prigioni as DT (replacing Nestor ‘Che’ García) from Córdoba, will face the Virgin Islands for Group B on Saturday at 1:40 pm. The remaining matches in the region will be Dominican Republic – Puerto Rico (11.10). (Telam)

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