For the fifth day of the FIBA Qualifiers heading to Basketball World Cup of Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines, in 2023, USA beat Puerto Rico 83-75 in the Roberto Clemente Coliseum of San Juan and is located as leader of group D, along with Mexico, at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, in San Juan.
The visiting team’s dominance was demonstrated from the first quarter, in which they converted five of the nine shots taken from the triple zone, which allowed them to win the quarter 21-20.
Already in the second, those led by Jim Boylen continued to pressure their rival and made seven of the 12 shots scored from the doubles sector. In addition, they added five rebounds in the offensive zone and 11 in the defense. In this way, they went to halftime 42-37.
Remarkably effective from 3-point range, the Dream Team relentlessly executed from behind the two-point line, completing 54.5% of the points, as they made six of the 11 chances they generated in the third quarter and remained with the third quarter by 24-14.
The figure of Langston Galloway took all the flashes in the American cast, as he added 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. However, the man of the game was José Alvarado, from Puerto Rico, who scored 20 points, had three rebounds and had four assists.
At the close of the match, with the management of the actions by the North Americans, it was the Puerto Ricans who managed to reduce the score: they captured six offensive rebounds and converted three triples in the last quarter, which they took 24-17.
Bahamas 97 – 80 Virgin Islands
Canada 95 – 75 Dominican Republic