Friday, July 22, 2016

Puerto Rico Qualifies For World Championship With Win Against The USVI

Puerto Rico started off slow and then got things going in the second half for a 85-61 win versus the USVI. Ethan Thompson led all scorers with 24 points.  Christian Negron led the team with 11 rebounds and PG Jhivvan Jackson had 15 points and 4 assists.

The team from the VI which has yet to win a game in the tournament started off strong. They took an early lead playing a 2-3 zone on defense and attacking the rim off the dribble offensively. Puerto Rico's Head Coach Danny Ortiz made the necessary adjustment bringing in Jorge Pacheco who went 6/12 from inside the arc and finished with 15 points in what was the best game of the tournament for Pacheco. Puerto Rico struggled early in the game against the zone.

With the win Puerto Rico, quailed for the 2017 FIBA Americas U19 World Championship. Brazil, Canada and Team USA also qualified from the Americas. Those 4 teams which play todayn the semifinals of FIBA Americas all received an automatic bid to the World Championship. Puerto Rico plays Canada this afternoon at 4:45p.