FIBA Americas Rumors
Fellow Blazers assistant David Vanterpool was on Triano’s staff and got to work with Bennett throughout the offseason at the PanAm Games and FIBA Americas Championship. The Philadelphia 76ers are also likely to pursue Bennett. “I think Anthony Bennett’s summer has been absolutely fantastic for us,” Triano told reporters in early September. “He’s engaged in everything that we do on the floor, off the floor, rebounding. We’ve asked him to rebound, and he’s done it on a continuous basis. He runs the floor on a continuous basis. He provides help on the defensive end. He understands our defensive system.”
Heissler Guillent scored 15 points and Venezuela pulled off another upset, beating Argentina 71-67 on Saturday night to win the FIBA Americas championship for the first time. Guillent scored 19 points in the semifinals against heavy favorite Canada on Friday night to give the Venezuelans their first Olympic berth since Barcelona in 1992. Also Saturday, Canada beat Mexico 84-83 in the third-place game.
Luis Scola (Argentina), who led the tournament averaging 21.1 points, along with 10.1 rebounds per game (2nd best in the tournament), was named Most Valuable Player of the Championship, presented by Tissot. Scola headlined the All-Star Five which also consisted of Heissler Guillent (Venezuela), Andrew Wiggins (Canada), Andres Nocioni (Argentina) and Gustavo Ayon (Mexico).
Gregory Vargas made a free throw with 0.3 seconds left after being fouled on an offensive rebound and Venezuela stunned Canada 79-78 on Friday night to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Windi Graterol scored 20 points, and Heissler Guillent added 19 — eight in the final 4 minutes — in the semifinal game to help Venezuela qualify for the Olympics for the first time since Barcelona in 1992.