Venezuela was crowned the winners of the South American Basketball Championship after defeating Brazil 64-58 in the final Saturday at the Poliedro arena in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas.
This is the third South American title for Venezuela and the second in a row, after winning the championship in Margarita in 2014 and placing first in Valencia in 1991.
Venezuela's victory over Brazil also meant winning the team won the title with an unbeaten record, with a total of six matches won.
The South American prize comes on the heels of another win as continental champions in basketball in the Olympic qualifiers, which took place last year in Mexico.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro celebrated the team's achievement on his official Twitter account.
“Grandiose victory of the national basketball team. Champions of South America. Long live the golden generation of Venezuela!” wrote Maduro.
Venezuelan star Gregory Vargas, who scored 21 points in the final, was named the tournament's MVP.
“The championship means more than the MVP award. This is a reward for 12 players, the coaching staff, the three players who could not be here. That's a prize for us. Working together is what gave us this result,” said Vargas.
The MVP added that playing at home was a big advantage.
"I think the key factor for us was the people. Today they support us more than ever. In the last quarter we were a little tired, they supported us, gave us that extra encouragement,” said Vargas.