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FIBA Americas League

FIBA Americas League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 FIBA Americas League
Sport Basketball
Founded 2007
CEO Usie Richards
No. of teams 16
Country FIBA Americas members
Continent Americas
Most recent champion(s) Flamengo
(1st title)
Most titles Peñarol
(2 titles)
TV partner(s) Fox Sports Latin America
Fox Sports Brazil
Level on pyramid 1st-tier
South America
Central America
Caribbean
Mexico
Official website FIBA Americas.com

The FIBA Americas League (FIBA Americas. The first edition started on December 4, 2007.[1]

The winner of the competition is crowned as the champion of all of the FIBA Americas zone region. It is the first-tier and most important professional international club basketball competition in the regions of South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico. The league culminates each year in a final four showdown, called the FIBA Americas League Final Four. Currently, the winner of each season's FIBA Americas tournament, plays against the winner of each season's Euroleague competition at the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, in order to determine an official club world cup champion.

History

The FIBA Americas League was formed in 2007, as a professional men's basketball FIBA Americas, with the goal of creating a world-class top level multinational basketball league in the Americas region. The league was modeled after the Euroleague, Europe's top-tier multinational club basketball league. The main reason for creating the league was the promotion and growth of the sport, and the increased level of competition that would come from the creation of a multinational super league in the FIBA Americas region.

Another one of the main goals in the creation of the league was to eventually revive the dormant FIBA Intercontinental Cup, so that clubs from the FIBA Americas region could once again directly compete against top Euroleague teams in official games, and so that an official world cup championship could once again be contested. FIBA World decided to revive the FIBA Intercontinental Cup in 2013, deciding that the champions of the FIBA Americas League would play against the champions of the Euroleague, to decide on the world club champion. It was then decided by FIBA World that the tournament would be played every year from then on for the foreseeable future.

Another goal in creating the league was to form a league system of teams that could form a partnership with the Euroleague and NBA on playing friendly games during the preseason, in the same way that the Euroleague and NBA teams were already playing against each other during the preseason. This was finally realized in the 2014–15 preseason, when teams from the FIBA Americas League played against teams from both the Euroleague and the NBA.

Format

Under the original format, 16 participating clubs were divided in four groups, of four teams each. The top two clubs of each group qualified for the quarterfinals. The quarterfinals winners then played a four-team group stage, in a yet to be determined host city.[2]

Under the current format, the 16 participating clubs are divided in four groups, of four teams each. The top two clubs of each group qualify for the semifinals. The semifinals winners qualify to play at the FIBA Americas League Final Four, in a yet to be determined host city. The final four format was held for the first time in 2014.

Results

List of champions

Year Host (Final four) Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Number of teams
2007–08
Details

Mexicali

Peñarol de Mar del Plata

Soles de Mexicali

Miami Tropics

Minas
16
2008–09
Details

Xalapa

Brasília

Halcones UV Xalapa

Biguá

Minas
16
2009–10
Details

Mar del Plata

Peñarol de Mar del Plata

Espartanos de Margarita

Halcones UV Xalapa

Quimsa
16
2010–11
Details

Xalapa

Regatas Corrientes

Capitanes de Arecibo

Halcones UV Xalapa

Halcones Rojos
16
2012
Details

Formosa

Pioneros de Quintana Roo

La Unión de Formosa

Obras Sanitarias

Brasília
16
2013
Details

Arecibo

Pinheiros

Lanús

Capitanes de Arecibo

Brasília
12
2014
Details

Rio de Janeiro

Flamengo

Pinheiros

Aguada

Halcones UV Xalapa
16

Performances

By club

Team Winners Runners-Up Third Place Fourth Place
Peñarol de Mar del Plata 2 (2007–08, 2009–10) 0 0 0
Pinheiros 1 (2013) 1 (2014) 0 0
Brasília 1 (2008–09) 0 0 2 (2012, 2013)
Regatas Corrientes 1 (2010–11) 0 0 0
Pioneros de Quintana Roo 1 (2012) 0 0 0
Flamengo 1 (2014) 0 0 0
Halcones UV Xalapa 0 1 (2008–09) 2 (2009–10, 2010–11) 1 (2014)
Capitanes de Arecibo 0 1 (2010–11) 1 (2013) 0
Soles de Mexicali 0 1 (2007–08) 0 0
Espartanos de Margarita 0 1 (2009–10) 0 0
La Unión de Formosa 0 1 (2012) 0 0
Lanús 0 1 (2013) 0 0
Miami Tropics 0 0 1 (2007–08) 0
Biguá 0 0 1 (2008–09) 0
Obras Sanitarias 0 0 1 (2012) 0
Aguada 0 0 1 (2014) 0
Minas 0 0 0 2 (2007–08, 2008–09)
Quimsa 0 0 0 1 (2009–10)
Halcones Rojos 0 0 0 1 (2010–11)

By country

Nation Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place
Argentina 3 2 1 1
Brazil 3 1 0 4
Mexico 1 2 2 2
Puerto Rico 0 1 1 0
Venezuela 0 1 0 0
Uruguay 0 0 2 0
United States 0 0 1 0

FIBA Americas League awards

MVP Award

Season MVP Team
2007–08
Details

Quincy Wadley

Peñarol de Mar del Plata
2008–09
Details

Alex Garcia

Brasília
2009–10
Details

Kyle Lamonte

Peñarol de Mar del Plata
2010–11
Details

Federico Kammerichs

Regatas Corrientes
2012
Details

Chris Hernández

Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2013
Details
-
Shamell Stallworth

Pinheiros
2014
Details

Marcelinho Machado

Flamengo

Top Scorer

Season Top Scorer Team Points Per Game
2007–08
Details

Quincy Wadley

Peñarol de Mar del Plata
23.1
2008–09
Details

Leandro García Morales

Biguá
24.3
2009–10
Details

Leandro García Morales
&

Héctor Romero

Halcones UV Xalapa
&

Espartanos de Margarita
20.5
2010–11
Details

Jaime Lloreda

Halcones Rojos
19.8
2012
Details

Tony Washam

Obras Sanitarias
19.6
2013
Details
-
Shamell Stallworth

Pinheiros
20.2
2014
Details

Leandro García Morales

Aguada
28.3

See also

References

  1. ^ "FIBA Americas League - Clubs gear up for tip off". FIBA. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Três clubes brasucas na Liga das Américas" (in Portuguese). Globo Esporte. Retrieved 2007-12-05. 

External links

  • FIBA Americas League (English)
  • FIBA Americas League (Spanish)
  • FIBA Americas (English)
  • FIBA Americas (Spanish)
  • FIBA Americas Twitter
  • LatinBasket.com FIBA Americas League
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