By John Ledesma

Uruguay 68, Jamaica 66 

Esteban Batista and Alejandro Garcia combined for 42 points for Uruguay, and even though no one else scored more than nine points, that was enough to defeat Jamaica, a team that doesn’t seem to play with any kind of structure or discipline.

Jamaica now has two losses and no victories. Four of the five teams in each division will advance to the second round, and they’re looking to be the one that will stay home.

Puerto Rico 83, Canada 67 

The final score wasn’t any indication of how close the game really was. Carlos Arroyo kept PR with a slight lead over Canada with 11 first quarter points and 20 overall.

Canada was down a point at the start of the fourth when they suddenly collapsed. Their coach got called for a technical foul, then Andrew Nicholson committed a flagrant foul and ading some red hot shooting from Larry Ayuso, Arroyo and Ricky Sanchez left Canada with a margin they couldn’t come back from.

PR outscored Canada 24-9 in the final period.

Renaldo Balkman got a double-double (18 points and 10 rebounds). Andrew Nicholson and Tristan Thompson had 21 and 20 points respectively, but no one else scored double figures for Canada, who now has a record of one win and one loss while PR remains undefeated with two wins.

Dominican Republic 91, Argentina 72

Shocker of the day.

The Dominican Republic debuted against Argentina, and what a debut it was. Argentina never looked like themselves, especially Luis Scola, who had one of the worse offensive games he’s ever had finishing with 13 points.

But all the credit goes to the Dominican Republic, who shot 11-of-19 with three pointers and outscored Argentina 21-10 in the third quarter just when Argentina made a push. Juan Coronado, Francisco Garcia and James Feldeine made nine of the DR’s 11 shots from downtown.

Argentina drops to a 1-1 record, while the Dominican Republic has a win and zero losses.
Manu Ginobili and Pepe Sanchez will be rolling over in their graves.

Venezuela 75, Paraguay 70

After losing their first game of the tourney, Venezuela responded and defeated Paraguay, a team that shouldn’t be able to give anyone that much trouble.

Venezuela was trailing by two to end the first half, however, they took the lead at the end of the third and never lost it again. Hector Romero led Venezuela with 15 points and nine rebounds.


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