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Puerto Rico beats Panama in second round game of World Cup qualifier

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  • Sat, 09/15/2018 - 10:24
Tony Bishop Jr. (d) de Panamá intenta bloquear a Ángel Vassallo (i) de Puerto Rico
  • Tony Bishop Jr. de Panamá intenta bloquear a Ángel Vassallo de Puerto Rico
  • EFE

Point guard Jose Juan Barea scored 18 points to take Puerto Rico to a 82-73 win against Panama in the first game of the second round of the Basketball World Cup qualifiers at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan on Friday.

With the win, Puerto Rico improved its win-loss record in Group E to 5-2 and edged closer to qualifying for the tournament, while Panama fell to 3-4.

Puerto Rico will play its next second round game on Sep.17 against leader Argentina before facing Uruguay on Nov.29.

The team's other three second round games will be against Panama on Dec.2, against Argentina on Feb.22, 2019 and against Uruguay on Feb.25, 2019.

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