Puerto Rico’s 3×3 National Team divides honors in the opening of the Olympic qualifier

Puerto Rico’s 3×3 National Team divides honors in the opening of the Olympic qualifier

The Men’s 3×3 National Team recovered this morning from a setback in his first game of the FIBA ​​qualifier towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Gamesand came out with an important 21-19 second-hour victory over Brazil, to keep alive their hopes of advancing to the semifinal round and being able to play the final on Sunday for the only ticket available.

The qualifying tournament is being held in Utsunomiya, a city north of Tokyo in Japan.

With the victory over Brazil, the Puerto Rican team made up of Adrian Ocasio, Leandro Allende, Luis Cuascut, Antonio Ralat and Angel Matias overcame a 21-16 early setback against the Netherlands.

Puerto Rico, number 13 in the FIBA ​​world ranking in the 3×3 modality, thus put its record at 1-1 and will face Lithuania at 3:15 in the morning on Saturday, which also lost to the Netherlands on the first day and beat Brazil.

Angel Matias (right) hugs Antonio Ralat in the center of the field after the victory over Brazil. (Supplied / FIBA)

Now with both countries 1-1, Saturday’s clash will be decisive. The Netherlands, with 2-0, will face Brazil on Saturday but with two wins they have secured their place in the semi-finals, since even with a defeat against the Brazilians they would finish the preliminary phase with 2-1, the same record that the winner will have. of the Puerto Rico-Lithuania duel.

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