Physical strength and height were enough for Argentina to outlast Venezuela 72-56, and in doing so, were crowned Sudmerciano U17 champions in Valledupar, Colombia.
As the first quarter drew to a close, however, Argentina settled down the court and took advantage of its good performance in front of the basket, mainly from long range, to take a nice early lead of 21-12. Things continued to go the same way in the second period, however, with the Creoles getting a good finish to close to 37-30.
The Albiceleste quintet started the third quarter with the same rhythm, and at no time did they reduce their intensity, gaining more advantages in electronics, as the Venezuelans found it very difficult to attack the paint and find accurate open spaces. Long shots.
Although the Creole representatives tried to press upward in the last three minutes of the game, Argentina settled well and managed to get close to Venezuela again (62-52) as they pressed the accelerator.A comfortable 72-56 win in the end.
The Albicelestes showed very quick transitions on both sides of the field and had a very good defense.Those are some of the keys to his excellence in total dedication.
Despite this setback, Venezuela will still compete in the U18 category in the U.S., as they already secured their spot when they beat Brazil in the semifinal round.