The Mexican national team, which already has its ticket to the quarterfinals of the Copa América, lost to its similar team from Venezuela 80-74
BRAZIL — The Venezuelan national team defeated this Monday by 74-80 to Mexico and both advanced to the quarterfinals of the basketball Copa América, which runs until next Sunday in the Brazilian city of Recife.
Venezuelastill with a match pending against Eunited stateshas four points and in case of losing against the North Americans it would finish with five, while Mexico closed its participation in the first phase with five units, the result of two wins and the defeat on Monday.
The match between Mexicans and Venezuelans was even, with splits in favor of each one in the four periods (29-19, 13-16, 13-27 and 19-18), but in the final seconds the center Windi Graterol was decisive , who with his scored points managed to maintain the advantage against the reaction of the rival quintet.
Graterol2.04 meters tall and a player for his country’s Spartans, finished as one of the game’s top scorers with 17 points, along with his compatriot José Ascanio, and had six rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal .
By Mexicothe figure was the young forward of the Spanish Barcelona Yahir Bonillawho had fifteen points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block.
USAwhich has one point after losing its first match against Mexico, plays in the second hour today against Panama, which with two losses to date, needs to beat the North American team to have a chance of qualifying.
Nevertheless, USA has a game pending on Tuesday against Venezuela, which was suspended on Sunday due to heavy rain that exposed large leaks in the coliseum and prevented it from continuing, when the United States won 48-21 in the second quarter.
The first two of each group and the two best third parties will go on to the next phase of the America Cupwhose final will be played on Sunday, September 11.
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