FIBA Americas League

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FIBA Americas League
Current season, competition or edition:
2014 FIBA Americas League
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Sport Basketball
Founded 2007
CEO United States Virgin Islands Usie Richards
No. of teams 16
Country FIBA Americas members
Continent Americas
Most recent champion(s) Brazil Flamengo
(1st title)
Most titles Argentina 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 (Portuguese: FIBA Liga das Américas, Spanish: FIBA Liga de las Américas) is an international men's professional basketball club competition played annually by clubs of the Americas. It is organized by 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[edit]

The FIBA Americas League was formed in 2007, as a professional men's basketball club competition, under the organization of 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[edit]

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[edit]

List of champions[edit]

Year Host (Final four) Winners Runners-up Third Place Fourth Place Number of teams
2007–08
Details
Mexico
Mexicali
Argentina
Peñarol de Mar del Plata
Mexico
Soles de Mexicali
United States
Miami Tropics
Brazil
Minas
16
2008–09
Details
Mexico
Xalapa
Brazil
Brasília
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Uruguay
Biguá
Brazil
Minas
16
2009–10
Details
Argentina
Mar del Plata
Argentina
Peñarol de Mar del Plata
Venezuela
Espartanos de Margarita
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Argentina
Quimsa
16
2010–11
Details
Mexico
Xalapa
Argentina
Regatas Corrientes
Puerto Rico
Capitanes de Arecibo
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
Mexico
Halcones Rojos
16
2012
Details
Argentina
Formosa
Mexico
Pioneros de Quintana Roo
Argentina
La Unión de Formosa
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
Brazil
Brasília
16
2013
Details
Puerto Rico
Arecibo
Brazil
Pinheiros
Argentina
Lanús
Puerto Rico
Capitanes de Arecibo
Brazil
Brasília
12
2014
Details
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
Brazil
Flamengo
Brazil
Pinheiros
Uruguay
Aguada
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
16

Performances[edit]

By club[edit]

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

By country[edit]

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

FIBA Americas League awards[edit]

MVP Award[edit]

Season MVP Team
2007–08
Details
United States
Quincy Wadley
Argentina
Peñarol de Mar del Plata
2008–09
Details
Brazil
Alex Garcia
Brazil
Brasília
2009–10
Details
United States
Kyle Lamonte
Argentina
Peñarol de Mar del Plata
2010–11
Details
Argentina
Federico Kammerichs
Argentina
Regatas Corrientes
2012
Details
United StatesMexico
Chris Hernández
Mexico
Pioneros de Quintana Roo
2013
Details
United States-Brazil
Shamell Stallworth
Brazil
Pinheiros
2014
Details
Brazil
Marcelinho Machado
Brazil
Flamengo

Top Scorer[edit]

Season Top Scorer Team Points Per Game
2007–08
Details
United States
Quincy Wadley
Argentina
Peñarol de Mar del Plata
23.1
2008–09
Details
Uruguay
Leandro García Morales
Uruguay
Biguá
24.3
2009–10
Details
Uruguay
Leandro García Morales
&
Venezuela
Héctor Romero
Mexico
Halcones UV Xalapa
&
Venezuela
Espartanos de Margarita
20.5
2010–11
Details
Panama
Jaime Lloreda
Mexico
Halcones Rojos
19.8
2012
Details
United States
Tony Washam
Argentina
Obras Sanitarias
19.6
2013
Details
United States-Brazil
Shamell Stallworth
Brazil
Pinheiros
20.2
2014
Details
Uruguay
Leandro García Morales
Uruguay
Aguada
28.3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. 

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