The Panama national team played against Paraguay, with a score of 74-67 at the San José sports stadium in Asunción, and won a ticket to the second phase of the qualifiers for the 2019 Chinese Basketball World Cup.
The duel remained closed in the first three periods, but the best performance of the Canaleros was felt in the last period, which they won with partial 23-15 to take the victory and third place in Group A.
The best players for Panama were Michael Hicks with 13 points. Akil Mitchell with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists; and Javier Carter with 10 points and eight rebounds also contributed to the cause of Panama.
For Paraguay the best player was Gabriel Peralta, who finished the match with 17 units under his belt.
Panama arrived in Asunción with the pressure of losing to Argentina the previous match (87-62) and a defeat against Paraguay left them out of the playoffs.
Panama now falls in Group E, along with Argentina, the United States, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Mexico, and its next commitment will be on September 14 against the Puerto Rican team, according to information generated by FIBA Americas.