The Uruguayan basketball team fell 105-71 to USA for the Qualifiers heading to 2023 World Cup in Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia. The match was played in Las Vegas and, after a first quarter in which Celeste was in the match (20-16), from the second boy onwards the rival managed to impose their entire category to go into the break with a 24-point lead ( 53-29). Already in the third, the local removed 36 units and definitively closed the process.
Beyond the heavy fall against a world power, Magnano’s team managed to shoot several of their figures and the good performance shown by Esteban Batista and Joaquín Rodríguez is brought as a positive aspect.
With this result, and after Puerto Rico’s victory against Brazil, La Celeste and the Puerto Rican team were tied with 11 points, so on Monday from 8:10 p.m. at the Antel Arena they will play a final towards the World Cup taking into account that the first three classified qualify directly, as well as the best fourth of the Qualifiers.
United States 20 – Uruguay 16
La Celeste scored the first two four points of the match through Batista and Granger. Then the North American team managed to match the procedure and even went through four rentals with a superlative level of Galloway.
Three minutes from the end, when Celeste was down 8-12, Vescovi carried out a quick offensive, gave it to Parodi and he shot from 6.75 to leave Magnano’s team one shy of parity (12-11).
A minute and a half from the boy’s end, Jeffries shot solo for three and managed to put the maximum lead on the first boy (18-13). Then Woodard enlarged it with his double. The Uruguayan team had a great income from Joaquín Rodríguez, who added five points.
United States 53(33) – Uruguay 29(13)
In the first three minutes of the second boy, the local managed to give intensity to the game and, with a partial 11-3, he got 12 points of rent (31-19). Then, with Jeffries and Stockton as banners, the North Americans began to show off their category and, four and a half minutes from the end, they had taken a 22-point difference (45-23). At the end, Uruguay discounted from Parodi’s goal.
United States 84(31) – Uruguay 48(19)
At the beginning of the third boy, Uruguay had begun to discount Batista’s contribution in scoring, but the United States managed to quickly increase it with the contribution from 6.75 by Jenkins (six of seven in three-pointers four minutes from the end) and Jeffries, who they showed formidable effectiveness in throwing. Six minutes from the closing of the third boy, the local had 21 assists and Uruguay nine.
United States 105(21) – Uruguay 71(23)
Already in the last quarter, with the game already closed, Magnano took the opportunity to give rest to those who had had the most minutes to take care of them ahead of Monday’s game against Puerto Rico, where La Celeste will have a final regarding their World Cup dream. The two arrive with 11 points to the commitment to be played at the Antel Arena.
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United States 105 – Uruguay 71: La Celeste fell without hesitation and will play a final on Monday