CARACAS, Venezuela -- Jamaica went out of the FIBA Americas Championship on a losing note after going down 85-95 to Venezuela in Sunday's closing second round game at the Poliedro de Caracas.
Both teams were eliminated ahead of the clash, but the hosts, seeking a morale boosting victory in front of their noisy supporters, were sharp from the outset and sped into a 19-10 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
Jamaica's basketballers, making a novel appearance at this level, bounced back and only trailed 39-40 at the half time break.
The teams entered the final quarter tied at 59 points, however Venezuela charged into the lead early in the period and swept to the win.
Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Argentina all progressed to the semi-final and are automatic qualifiers for the 2014 basketball World Cup in Spain.
The Mexico outfit, with 12 points, topped the second round standings due to a superior head-to-head over Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, who both also finished with 12.
Defending champions Argentina, who suffered a surprise loss to Jamaica last Friday, ended with 11 points, only edging out Venezuela (11 points) due to head-to-head advantage, while Canada were sixth with 10 points. Uruguay and Jamaica brought up the base with eight points each, however the South Americans, who won a clash between the two teams during the first round, took seventh spot.
Brazil and Paraguay were the teams eliminated at the first round.