Brazil’s men’s basketball AmeriCup debut against Canada

Brazil begins its Copa America tour this Friday (2), at 8:10pm (Brazilian time), men’s basketball’s Copa America, with games at Recife’s Geraldo Magalhães gymnasium, known as the Geraldão. The first competitor will be Canada.

The Brazilians appear in Group A, which also includes Uruguay and Colombia, teams that open the competition this Friday at 1.40pm. On Saturday (3), again at 20:10, the team led by Gustavo de Conti will meet the Colombians. In the first round, the campaign ends on Monday (5), at the same time, against the Uruguayans.

There are three groups with four teams in each. The top two advance, along with the top two third-place teams. The quarter-finals take place next Thursday (8). The semi-finals will take place on Saturday at 10. The fight for third place (17:10) and the decision (20:40) will take place the following day, Sunday. The top seven teams will participate in the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

Four-time champions Brazil have not won the tournament since 2009, when they beat hosts Puerto Rico in the final. Defender Marcelinho Huertas, from Tenerife, Spain, the current captain of the national team, was part of a team that featured names such as Marcelinho Machado, Leandrinho and Anderson Varejo (all now retired). Two years later, the green-yellow team became the runner-up in Argentina, beating the hosts.

In the following editions, the selection made bad campaigns. In 2013 (Venezuela) and 2015 (Mexico), Brazilians took ninth place among ten participants. In the last Copa America, in 2017, played in Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay, the 10th place (out of 12 teams), together with a restructured group compared to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics a year ago, cost the place. Pan de Janeiro Lima (Peru), in 2019, something unprecedented.

Brazil come into the competition under pressure, coming off three straight defeats in next year’s World Cup qualifiers in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia. Most recently in the second round opener for Puerto Rico with a week away from home and for Mexico last Monday (29) in Jaragua do Sul (SC). The Brazilians are in third place in Group F among six teams. The top three in the World Championship are guaranteed. The fourth-placed team must have a better campaign than fourth in Group E to qualify.

The list of players who will represent the country in the AmeriCup became known on Thursday (1). As for the team that lost to Mexico, the news is the return of winger/keeper Vitor Benite from Gran Canaria (Spain), who was sidelined by inflammation in his right foot. He replaced Gabriel Jau from Flamengo.

“We know what difficulties are ahead, that the moment is not good, but our group has quality. And nothing is better than an event of this size to restore. It will be a very balanced Copa América, but we are playing at home with the support of the fans and we can have a great competition,” Benitez told the Brazilian Basketball Confederation (CBB) website.

The reigning Copa America champions and all-time winners with seven titles, the United States once again emerge as heavy favourites. The team, in Group C with Mexico, Panama and Venezuela, is made up mostly of players from the G-League, which brings together players who are under-utilized or have no cap space in the NBA’s main rosters. The case of forward Patrick McCaw, who defends the Philadelphia 76ers-affiliated Delaware Blue Cats and three-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors (2017 and 2018) and Toronto Raptors. for (2019). )

Another force is Argentina, the 2017 runner-up and two-time champion of the tournament. The brothers will have veterans in Brazil such as winger Carlos Delfino, a 2004 Olympic champion in Athens, Greece, and guards Facundo Campazzo and Nico Laprovitola, three-time world runners-up. The team, however, underwent a last-minute change in command with the resignation of coach Nestor Garcia. The Argentines, included in group B, along with the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, will be led by Pablo Prigio.

Brazil national team

Ship owners. Jago Mateus (Ratio Ulm, Germany), Marcelinho Huertas (Tenerife, Spain) and Rafa Luz (Andorra, Spain).

Wingers/guards. Jorginho (Cessi Franca) and Vitor Benitez (Gran Canaria, Spain).

Alas. Didi Luzada (Portland Trail Blazers, USA) and Leo Mendl (Urban Transylvania, Romania).

Arms / axles. Rafa Mineiro (Flamengo) and Lucas Diaz (Ceci Franca).

Axes. Lucas Mariano (Cési Franca), Augusto Lima (Unica Malaga, Spain) and Cristiano Felicio (Granada, Spain).

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