Colombia fought a great battle, but lost to Puerto Rico

Colombia fought a great battle, but lost to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico fought a big battle in Medellín against fierce Colombia to qualify for the Basketball World Cup this Sunday and make the date they haven’t missed since 1982 after an 87-80 victory in the last game of the sixth window.

After their epic victory in Brazil three days ago in the last breath, the Puerto Rican team celebrated a triumph at the Iván de Bedout Coliseum and finished second in Group F of the Americas qualifiers with a score of 8-4 that put them the passage to the World Cup, which will take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia.

With 18 points, Jordan Howard was the leading scorer for the visiting team, which finished with George Conditt as the most efficient player with nine points, ten rebounds, three assists and five blocks.

For the locals, who were eliminated in this last game, Braian Angola was last of the group (3-9) and after losing 113-54 to Mexico, was their top scorer with 20 points.

The first quarter was frenetic and played at high intensity with a renewed version of Colombia, who did not make it easy for the Boricua’s by winning back their reference Juan Diego Tello, absent against Mexico due to injury. But Tremont Waters and Gian Clavell’s three-pointers gave him a chance to strike hard early and go up with a 25-20 run.

The Nationals continued to make offensive rebounds in the second quarter, but their lack of goal hurt them in the scoring, despite battles against the Islanders, who preferred Howard and Ismael Romero to take the field to boost the rival’s momentum. quit and managed to narrow the gap with Braian Angola’s appearances. This partial closed with a 41-36 and the pass to the highest basketball event within reach.


A triple by Romario Roque upset the Puerto Ricans and Andrés Ibargüen completed the scene to tie the game at 41-41 at the start of the third quarter.

But those led by Nelson Colón faced the setback as Angola grew and gave up a triple that gave Colombia the lead for the first time in the game.

And when the debacle was intuitive, Christopher Ortiz kept the visitor afloat while Waters didn’t take the lead. The most even chapter of the game ended with an unexpected 60-60.

With their World Cup qualification pending, Puerto Rico was determined to finish the final quarter quickly. Waters and Howard gave the Puerto Ricans a breather with their baskets, but the rival did not give up and very effectively extended the suffering with Angola and Tello.

Romero, Howard and Phillip Wheeler increased the advantage to 10 points and created a false calm in front of the locals, sticking to their idea of ​​spoiling the party for the visitor.

Conditt’s participation allowed the Islanders to rejoin as a team and begin to close the game in their favor in the final minutes.

Keeping a cool head at the key moment ultimately allowed them to prevail 87-80 to clinch one of seven places in the Americas and qualify for their fifteenth World Cup which will be held in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia in August. held.

Source: El heraldo