The dream ended, Colombia lost to Puerto Rico by 77 to 69 and was eliminated from the FIBA Americup Women, which also ran out of prospects for one of the four places the tournament awarded to the four world semi-finalists. The Cup will be held in 2022 in Sydney (Australia).
Colombia’s performance in their match against Puerto Rico, who played at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum, was very generous. The Golden Girls sold dearly to their defeat and were at no time inferior to the Puerto Ricans. With a dreamy first quarter, the Puerto Ricans made the real difference in the second round as they were able to determine the gap that was to become the final.
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Overall, Colombia had a good showing in the cup, making their debut with a victory over the Virgin Islands, and also defeating El Salvador, while losing in the midst of matches to Brazil and Canada.
The balance of the national team is positive, looking forward and having high hopes for good results.
In Thursday’s game, which meant disqualification, Colombia started with a landslide. The Golden Girls performed more than wonderfully in the first quarter with an 11-point difference and a partial score of 23 to 12.
The Colombians stunned the Puerto Ricans who started the match without a strong reaction, with the outstanding performance of Manuela Rios early in the match, and Narlene Mosquera under the post.
However, the locals used their defensive system, only allowing seven points from Colombia in the second set, and they adjusted their goal, scoring 20 to put the match in their favor by 32-30 in the first half.
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The Colombians were affected by their lack of depth in the squad, which was evident the moment Manuela Rios, who dominated the tempo of the match in the first quarter, was forced to rest, leaving Colombia too weak in front of the team. Puerto Rico.
But in the third quarter, with Rios on the field and the appearance of captain, Yánez Arias, Colombia improved their performance and did not part with Puerto Rico.
In the last quarter, until the last minute of the match, the Colombians survived, with a very impressive performance, which, unfortunately, was not enough for victory.
In this way, with their heads held high, the Colombian team left the tournament in a dignified manner and sold their defeat dearly.
In addition to Puerto Rico, they have also qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament, and thus the World Cups in Sydney, the United States, Canada and Brazil.
On the one hand, the Americans easily beat the Virgin Islands with a score of 97-46, and their rival, the Brazilian team, beat Venezuela with a score of 90-59.
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On the other hand, Canada, which would be Puerto Rico’s rival, easily defeated the Dominican Republic by 90-53.
The semi-final matches will be played next Friday, while the final for the title will be played on Saturday.