To no surprise in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Americas U-16 Pan American Championship, the United States continued their torrid pace and Mexico fell out of the battle for top spot.
There was no resistance from the North Americans against Uruguay in the third match of the day at the Poliforum Zamana. They outscored them in each quarter, 123–45.
As in almost every game in the tournament, the United States dominated, with Koa Pete scoring a team-high 22 points and Cameron Boozer, another starter, with 16. All players on the team’s roster in stripes and stars added points, with the substitutes playing practically the entire second half.
More opposition is expected today for the favorites to win the Pan American Championship as they face Puerto Rico in the semi-finals.
The Puerto Ricans defeated Brazil 83–72 in a thrilling match that went into overtime.
It’s a very painful loss for the South American team, which held a two-point lead with five seconds on the clock, which was ended by two free throws. The Caribbean players were more dominant in extra time.
The Uruguayans and the Brazilians will go head-to-head in the hunt for the fifth spot. The second key would be played by Mexico and the Dominican Republic, both of whom lost to Canada and Argentina, respectively.
The Mexican team tried everywhere, but the Canadian team could win 89–63.
Karim López, with 23 points, was the most dominant for the Mexican team.
Today their opponent, Dominican Republic lost to Argentina 74-67. The South Americans will be Canada’s opponents in the reserve forecast match.
Ivan Prato was the most dominant, with 28 points.