Vote now: Who was your MVP of Gameday 11?
MIAMI (United States) - The first gameday of the final window at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Americas Qualifiers came to its exciting conclusion. There were some standout performances by multiple players who stepped up when their teams needed them the most.
Now is the time to vote for your MVP from Gameday 11, as we narrowed the list to the five top performers.
Despite Brazil losing 92-90 to Puerto Rico in heartbreaking fashion, thanks to a game-winning buzzer-beater, Leonardo Meindl came up big for Brazil with a well-rounded stat line of 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 steals and 5 assists, as well as an efficiency rating of 27, the highest among the five top performers.
The 29-year-old forward also shot 50 percent (7-of-14) from the field.
Veteran 37-year-old guard Paul Stoll helped Mexico get a 113-54 blowout win over Colombia with his 16 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. He knocked down all but one of his three-point attempts (5-of-6) and finished with an efficiency of 26.
Langston Galloway, who's played in nine of USA's 11 qualifying games, once again came up big with 21 points (top scorer of the night), 4 rebounds and 4 assists, shooting 8-of-13 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range. The 31-year-old guard also went on a run where he scored 11 consecutive points for USA, pushing them out ahead for good in their 88-77 win over Uruguay.
Puerto Rico were on the winning end of that thrilling 92-90 victory over Brazil after Tremont Waters drained a contested jump shot at the buzzer, but it was Christopher Ortiz who led Puerto Rico with 21 points (tied with Galloway for the most points of the night), 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists. The 29-year-old forward shot 7-of-11 from the field, 2-of-3 from three-point and had a 22 efficiency.
Finally, the center spot goes to Windi Graterol of Venezuela. The 36-year-old just missed out on a double-double with 14 points and 9 rebounds, helping lead Venezuela to a comfortable 115-70 win against Bahamas. He shot 77 percent (7-of-9) from the field and finished with a 21 efficiency.