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July 2018
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Florencia Chagas' historic triple-double leads Argentina to win over Spain

MINSK (FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup 2018) - Florencia Chagas became the first player to record a triple-double in the history of the FIBA U17 Women's Basketball World Cup in the midst of inspiring an impressive victory for Argentina.

The South American side - competing at the event for only the second time - held their nerve in overtime to take down Spain for a 76-67 triumph in overtime.

Chagas made history by completing a triple-double late in the third quarter and went on to finish with 17 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists in 41 minutes of action.

"I'm very proud of this," she said, when told of the accomplishment. "I work very hard all year round to compete against these teams so I'm very happy to be achieving what I want to do."

The 5ft 11in (1.80m) guard is no stranger to producing huge performances on the big stage having recorded a 20-point and 20-rebound display in leading Argentina to third place at last year's FIBA U16 Women's Americas Championship.

Chagas played a starring role in Sunday’s success - despite also turning the ball over 16 times - with Sofia Acevedo also a key contributor with a 23-point haul.

A 68-38 defeat at the hands of Spain was part of Argentina’s debut in the competition in 2010, but their return already tells a very different story just two days into the tournament.

"We're very happy [with the win] - we came here to give everything," added the 17-year-old. "This was a very important game for us to get into a good position in the group."

Chargas is confident Argentina can make some noise in the competition and part of that is down to their familiarity and togetherness.

"We have known each other since 14 and are like a big family," she pointed out. "Our first objective is to be in the top 8 and we will prepare to achieve this.”

Argentina will have a day to recover from their exploits before facing New Zealand on Tuesday with top spot in the group still up for grabs.