The Panamanian basketball team proved why they were the favorites in its house and defeated Uruguay with a score of 86-75, at the closing of the second eliminatory window towards the China World Cup 2019.
The Panamanians had their best man as point guard Trevor Gaskins, who finished the game with 19 points and was helped by Ernesto Oglivie who scored 17 points.
Javier Carter also contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Panamanians.
The first quarter of the game could be called Bruno Fitipaldo’s monologue, the Uruguayan base who was the best of the South Americans, with 14 of the 25 points that they scored in the first quarter.
The pivot Esteban Batista was on fire during the game with 22 points, 14 of them in the first half, and 18 rebounds, being the best for the Uruguayans.
The coach of the Panamanian basketball team, the Spaniard Manuel Hussein tightened the defense for the second half.
The Panamanians canceled out Fitipaldo and Batista, who could only score two points in the entire period.
The three shots before the break were the Panamanians best weapon, Daniel Girón being the most effective, finishing the game with 12 points and 3 out of 4 three shots for a 75 percent.
Thanks to the defense, the Central Americans annulled the Uruguayan offense, which only scored 10 points.
Panama went to the half time with the score 44 to 35.
The third quarter was key for the locals, who only let the Uruguayans score 12 points, they won the quarter 23-12 and had an advantage of twenty points (67-47) to start the fourth quarter more tranquil.
In the fourth quarter, Uruguay came out determined to even up the actions, with a run of 9-0, but the Panamanians closed their defensive frame once more, exchanged baskets and maintained the advantage.
The Uruguayans won the last period 19-28, but the match ended with Panama's second win in the qualifying round for the 2019 Chinese Basketball World Cup and third place in Group A, leaving just a window of this first phase.
Their rivals in the third and final window of this stage will be Argentina and Paraguay, both as visitors, although a victory over Paraguay could place the national team in the next stage. With information from ACAN-EFE.