Without setbacks, saving players and with an overwhelming difference. This was Chile’s victory over Bolivia, at the start of the 2023 World Cup Qualifiers, which will take place in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. A victory by 105-52, by Group B of the first phase of this path, which also marked what can be called the premiere of the golden generation of national basketball, as for the first time all the young players who play in demanding competitions in Europe and the United States met, in addition to the best of the local tournament.
Although the category of the rival was known lower, the Red basket also had to confirm that difference with few training sessions as a team. Hence the satisfaction of the national cast, which is directed by the Argentine Cristian Santander. In addition to the score, there are statistics that justify such a broad score, such as the assists per team: 29 for the homeowner and only 9 for the highlands.
If only the points are reviewed, Chile’s best hand was that of Sebastián Suárez, CD Valdivia player, who scored 16 points. However, the Creole attack was distributed among several players above double digits. To highlight: Ignacio Arroyo (15 points, six rebounds, two assists), Franco Morales (15 points and four assists) and Manuel Suárez (13). In that sense, the latter also registered with six rebounds and four touchdown passes.
The party also scored, for example, the debut with the adult of the pivot Maxwell Lorca, of an American mother, who plays in the first division of the NCAA (7 points, 7 rebounds and 1 block). Another who highlighted that in the statistics was Sebastián Herrera, a guard who plays in the German Bundesliga, with eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Perhaps if the only negative factor of the commitment was the injury that forced out of the game the titular center of the Red, Nicolás Carvacho, who received a blow to the gluteus and was left with a contracture. The medical team is working now so that the 2.08 meter player is available for this Wednesday night’s match against Paraguay (which lost in the preliminary match against Nicaragua 76-73). A victory against the Guarani ensures qualification for the next stage of the Qualifiers, where the level of the rivals will be much more demanding, since there are already crosses with teams such as Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela or Canada, the best on the continent.