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LAS VEGAS (2007 FIBA Americas Championship) - If the opening game of the FIBA Americas Championship 2007 was a sign of things to come, this tournament should be a real treat for basketball fans.
Panama and Uruguay got the action started at Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of University of Nevada Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon, and it was Panama which started hot.
Jaime Lloreda connected on seven-of-10 field goals and tallied 15 first-half points, helping to build a 45-34 lead for his club by the intermission.
The key shot of the half, however, was a three-pointer by Leandro Garcia of Uruguay as the first-half buzzer sounded.
Building on that momentum, Uruguay outscored Panama 24-to-11 in the third quarter to not only get back in the game, but to take a 58-56 lead heading into the final stanza.
After a seesaw fourth quarter in which neither team could pull away, Uruguay scored to tie the game at 75-75 with 1.8 seconds remaining.
After Panama turned the ball over with an errant inbounds pass, Uruguay couldn't convert from under its own basket and the contest headed to overtime.
Getting seven points from Martin Osimani in the extra session, Uruguay held off a late Panama charge and grabbed victory number one of the tournament by a final count of 88-84.
Uruguay's Esteban Batista notched a game high 26 points, while Lloreda paced Panama with 21.