SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) - Brazil continues to roll in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship after getting a win against Venezuela by the score of 87-67 on day 2 of the competition.
Leandro Barbosa led the balanced attack with 15 points while Anderson Varejao had 14 and Tiago Splitter along with Marcelinho Machado netted 11 each. The Brazilians had most of their offense from the paint as they scored 52 points and shot 65% from two points (26-40).
The first quarter finished tied at 18 after Luis Bethelmy made a three pointer with 32 seconds left. At that point Richard Lugo led Venezuela with 6 points while Alex Garcia was the best for Brazil with 6 and Varejao 5.
Venezuela was stopped in the second quarter as they only scored 6 points while Brazil continued their consistent attack from the paint to lead at half 44-24. Barbosa led with 13 while Varejao had 11 for Brazil. Richard Lugo had 8 for the Venezuelans but he along his teammates were in constant foul trouble, making it difficult to defend the Brazilian forwards and centers.
In the second half Brazil kept a comfortable lead while Venezuela struggled to have a fluent offensive attack. Their guard Greivis Vasquez only had 4 points and 3 assists after a great start in the tournament.
Richard Lugo along with Rafael Perez led Venezuela with 12 points each and Hector Romero followed with 11.
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