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Rosario Scores Game-High 21 Points; Puerto Rico Places 6th
  • Posted on July 12, 2009 11:57:01 AM
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  • Mike RosarioAUCKLAND, New Zealand – Rutgers rising sophomore guard Mike Rosario (Jersey City, N.J.) scored a game-high 21 points, but it was not enough as Puerto Rico dropped a 92-70 decision to Argentina Sunday at the 2009 FIBA U19 World Championships. Puerto Rico concludes the Championships in sixth place out of the 16 participating nations with a 5-4 record.

    Rosario averaged 24.0 points-per-game to finish the Championships as the event’s overall scoring leader. He made 44-of-54 (81.5) free throw attempts and averaged 4.7 rebounds, while playing an average of 29.2 minutes-per-game.

    After taking a 21-15 first quarter lead, Argentina outscored Puerto Rico 20-15 in the second stanza to enter the locker room at the midpoint with a 41-30 advantage. The teams offered a balanced third quarter, before Argentina pulled away in the final stanza thanks to its effective transition game.

    Argentina shot 52.1 percent (37-71), while Puerto Rico made 27-of-68 (39.7 percent) from the field. Argentina also out-rebounded Puerto Rico by a 44-26 margin.

    The United States won the Championships crown, defeating Greece 88-80 in the title game to conclude the event with a 9-0 record. BOX SCORE

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