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Raptors Greivis Vasquez MVP In South American Championship

The Toronto Raptors Greivis Vasquez led Venezuela to the FIBA South American Championship over Argentina 74-65 on Monday night and captured tournament MVP honors in the process.

Vasquez led all scorers with 24 points and had a game high 4 assists in the victory. reported on the outgoing and outspoken point guard’s comments after the match.

“Thank God we got this victory,” Vasquez said.

“It is an important triumph for me and for the team.

“Personally, it reminds me of my college days. I am an athlete that needs to play with personality and emotion to get my game going.

“As a Venezuelan, I’m proud. When we went out of last year’s Pre-Mundial (FIBA Americas Championship), I told my teammates that we would be the South American champions and we are.”

Earlier this month Vasquez signed a two-year deal with the Raptors for an estimated $13 million which set the stage for him to be able to play for his Country this summer without worry.

“My heart is here (Toronto),” Vasquez said after signing his contract. “So it was going to be hard for me to go somewhere else. I am on a winning team with a great group of guys coming back with a chance to win and (I’m) healthy, so that’s pretty good to me. I got to thank (the media), the fans, management because this is a dream come true – signing a second contract is something I always dreamed about and I am very humble about this opportunity and I am going to embrace it and I am going to do my best.”

Vasquez had surgery last summer that caused him to miss his NBA training camp and limited his mobility early in the season. After the All-Star break, Vasquez felt he was back to 100 percent and it showed in his play down the stretch of the season and in the playoffs. His ability to led his National Team this summer bodes well for his club team in the NBA.


Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.