RECIFE (Brazil) – Brazil achieved a controversial victory (80-68,
The Brazilian team, which plays the tournament as hosts in the city of Recife, had several difficulties crossing the Dominican Republic’s solid interior, which kept the islanders ahead of the scoreboard, leading to several failures in the “Canarinha” offense and its took advantage. Good performance from his bench, which scored 11 points in the first quarter.
“It was a tough game as we expected. One of the things that made it difficult for us was the number of points he scored after our mistakes, we have to give credit to his great defense in the zone, which left us quite stable. given and was not very fluid during a large part of the game”, explained Brazil coach Gustavo Conti.
The Dominican controlled the game when with 3:29 to end the third quarter, intern ngel Delgado received some technical fouls, which meant his expulsion from the match, led by Melvin López in the painted field without his main man. dropped in. Brazil ran 7–0 after an arbitration call and took a 51–47 lead, a score that would have been tied at 55 before entering the final period.
In the final leg of the match, with Marcelinho Huertas and Yago Santos, Brazil achieved a balance that allowed them to run 10–0 to take an advantage (74–63) which allowed them to close the game comfortably. Millie and AmeriCup achieved their ninth win in 11 meetings against the Dominican Republic at the Games.
“We had to try to play a more controlled game for the second half; The leadership of Marcelinho and Yago was crucial going forward”, Conti said.
Marcelinho (15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds) and Leonardo Mendel (14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 to 4/6) were the highest-rated players in Brazil with 21 each. While Cristiano Felicio was the top scorer of the match with 16 goals.
For the Dominican Republic, Andrés Feliz stood out (14 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds) and Jerome Rodriguez came off the bench to drop a line of 14 points and 7 rebounds.