Santo DomingoThe Dominican national team played a warm-up match against Team USA in Miami on Tuesday, before the start of the third qualifying period for the FIBA 2023 Basketball World Cup in Canada, and according to veteran coach Melvin Lopez, “The result we got in terms of the performance of our players was very satisfactory.”
“It was a match without an official result, where we won two quarters, we were in a dominant position and sometimes at a disadvantage,” Lopez said. “But the most important thing is the excellent behavior of the players all the time.”
The coach explained that his soldiers played very aggressively, aggressively and physically, especially in defense, which praises their behavior and behavior on the field.
“In short, we were able to see all the aspects that we have to improve, in the window against Canada and the Bahamas,” Lopez said.
Optimism vs. Canada
Looking at the game against Canada on Friday, July 1, Lopez believes his players should “continue to work on defensive adjustments, on the aspects we made as mistakes in the confrontation in the previous window in Santo Domingo”.
“We have to adapt to the selection, that will be a very big aspect of our defensive style and defense against a team like Canada.” he added. The leader is from Miami after the empty showdown against the United States.
The official team in Canada
Melvin revealed that the official list of players who will make up the squad for this window will be announced once they arrive on Canadian soil.
Among the players who trained with pre-selection are veteran center Eloy Vargas, along with David Jones, Miguel Decent, Rigoberto Mendoza “Vikingo”, Eddie Polanco, and point guard Gilves Solano, among others.
The Dominican national team will continue training at the University of Miami facilities in Florida, before leaving for Canada and then the Bahamas.
Lopez reported that the visa issue for the team’s players and coaches has been resolved, “so we just have to keep working in search of good results on the pitch.”
Solid in seconds
The Dominican Republic has a record three wins and one loss in four matches, behind only Canada, who are undefeated in the same number of matches in Group C of the Americas.