Caracas, February 26th. Venezuela managed to qualify for the 2023 FIBA World Cup despite losing 57-74 in a agonizing match against Canada on Sunday in Poliedro de Caracas, thanks to the Dominican Republic’s victory over Argentina.
With the score against, at the end of the game Venezuela relies on third parties. Luck was present with the victory of the Dominicans to the joy of the Venezuelan fans.
La Vinotinto started the match by winning the scoreboard, without leaving spaces and quickly dissolving matches and counterattacks, and a few minutes into the match, he had already scored his first hat-trick signed by Zamora, but soon the opponent won, which raged the morale on the field.
After an attempt by Venezuelan Carrera to score a brace, there was a small altercation with Canadian Rowe, who made two fouls in a row.
To avoid more evils, coach Fernando Duro made a change and sent Cabrera to the bench looking to avoid more mistakes.
Despite the red wine team’s good start, the Venezuelans finished the first quarter three points behind Canada, with a score of 17-20, with Venezuela not particularly coordinated.
At the start of the second quarter, Venezuela were looking to score at all times, and although Duro’s men kept trailing, they didn’t give up in a fight that kept them alive throughout the game.
After several failed attempts and a bit of luck, Vinotinto went the furthest from Canada, with a score of 30-37, their minds set on getting back above all else.
Thus began the third quarter, in which it had just begun, the Venezuelans scored a hat-trick with the signature of Nelson Colmenares, the most aggressive player during the confrontation.
But neither the golden basket nor the determination with which they entered the court prevented Canada from moving further, and the third period ended with a 15-point lead, which appreciably worried the Venezuelan team.
Early in the final quarter, Venezuela came a little closer with a triple by Vargas leaving the score momentarily at 48-57.
The result, followed by a brace from Gregory Vargas, once again ignited Pulidro, who hoped the national team would not miss out on qualifying for the World Cup.
The encounter ended 57-74, but the victory of the Dominicans gave the pass to Venotento, who, at times, saw how the World Cup dream slipped from their hands.
– data sheet:
57- Venezuela (17+13+8+19): Gregory Vargas (8), Garly Sogo (7), Journan Zamora (3), David Copilan (3), Pedro Chorio (-), Miguel Ruiz (2), Wendy . Graterol (6), Heissler Guillent (3), Yohanner Sifontes (2), Michael Carrera (10), José Materán (-), Néstor Colmenares (13).
Coach: Fernando Duro.
74. Canada (22+15+16+21): Bring in Bill Haynes (12), Cadre Gray (6), Jahvon Henry Blair (-), Connor Morgan (3), Kenny Cherry (1), Calif Young (14) , Prince Odoro (4), Thomas Scropp (6), Chad Postumos (-), Phil Scropp (14), Jackson Rowe (12), Lloyd Bundy (2).
Coach: Nick Nurse.
Referees: Krishna Dominguez (Mexico), Andres Bartel (Ouro), Alan dos Santos, Alan (Brazil).