After a heart-wrenching day, Vinotinto from the heights hit his goal of the night and qualified for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, despite losing to Canada.
The Dominican Republic’s victory over Argentina gave a pass to the Creoles, who were left with third place in Group E.
Canada and Venezuela faced each other on Sunday, February 26, in a match played at a full house in Poliedro de Caracas. The commitment coincided with the deadline for the US qualifiers for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, which will begin on August 25 in Asia.
The positions of both teams were different, the North Americans had already stamped their passes to the next stage, while the red wine had to win in order not to give up their passes.
At the same time, the Dominican Republic and Argentina faced each other in a match not suitable for the faint of heart, where the winner would benefit if Venezuela lost to Canada.
The Red Wines, Dips and Dominicans had the same win-loss stats, but according to FIBA rules, Venezuela outperformed their competitors in the standings.
Although everything was given, the Creole quintet fell 57-74 against the Canadian and had to wait a few minutes before knowing her fate.
Finally, the Dominican Republic won its match 79 to 75 points and finished second in Group E. With this result, Vinotinto was left with third place and thus secured its participation in the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia 2023.
Who goes to the global event
The seven American guests at the World Cup are: the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil and Venezuela.
For the fifth time, red wines from the highlands will participate in the competition. This is the first time they have been able to qualify for two consecutive editions.
The team’s performance in China 2019 made it to the second round, where they were eliminated by Russia.
That tournament was full of surprises, such as the early elimination of the United States in the quarter-finals and the unexpected crowning of Spain as tournament champions.
This World Cup will be the first to be held in three venues, namely: Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia.