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CARACAS, Venezuela — Jamaica's basketballers pipped Brazil 78-76 to secure a place in the second round of the FIBA Americas Championship here at the Poliedro de Caracas last night.
The 24-year-old forward Samardo Samuels, a dominant figure at this tournament so far, led the way for the JamRockerZ with 21 points.
With the victory, Jamaica joined favourites Puerto Rico, Canada and Uruguay as the teams to advance from Group A.
The winless Brazil unit, usually a powerhouse at this level, was sent packing.
A relaxed-looking Samuels told the Jamaica Observer after the match that "the team deserved the success" after gradually improving after the opening game blowout loss to Canada.
Teams to advance from Group B were Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic and hosts Venezuela. Paraguay were eliminated from that group.
The second round begins on Thursday.
The four semi-finalists at this Championship qualify for the basketball World Cup to be held next year in Spain.
Jamaica’s forward Patrick Ewing Jr (left) defends against Puerto Rico’s Larry Ayuso in the FIBA Americas Championship match at
the Poliedro de Caracas on Monday. Jamaica were defeated 82-88. (PHOTO: FIBAAMERICAS.COM)
Jamaica’s centre Jerome Jordan dunks against Puerto Rico in
the FIBA Americas Championship game at the Poliedro de
Caracas on Monday. Jamaica lost 82-88.
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