The only remaining undefeated team in the FIBA Asia Championship 2013 has fallen after Puerto Rico was smothered by a physical Dominican Republic team. With all remaining teams now with a loss on their card, the playoff picture has become more complicated than anybody expected.
2013 FIBA Americas Championship
Puerto Rico finally met their match on Friday as they succumbed to Dominican Republic in a very physically challenging match at Poliedro de Caracas in Venezuela. Carlos Arroyo recorded 20 points for the Puerto Rico, but it was not enough to outshine the double-double effort by Jack Michael Martinez (21 points and 11 rebounds).
Now, the road ahead to the title for the Puerto Rican gets even harder as they take on Venezuela, who is coming off an emotional 64-59 win over Canada. Nestor Colmenares recorded 13 points as the Venezuelan fended off the late charge from the Canadians. Tristan Thompson had 20 boards while Chris Joseph added 14 points for Canada, who are in four-way logjam with Mexico, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela - all with 3-2 record.
On Saturday, all eight remaining teams are in for a crucial match as the battle for the semifinal berths officially began. Argentina (2-3) will try to stay alive against Uruguay (1-4) at 2:30 a.m, while Mexico (3-2) takes on Jamaica (1-4) at 11:30 p.m.
In the main double-header, Dominican Republic will gun for another win against Canada at 5:30 a.m while Puerto Rico will play host nation Venezuela at 8:00 a.m.
Schedule & Live Streaming
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