The Argentine basketball team took away Canada’s unbeaten record, which defeated by 83 to 72in the Islas Malvinas Sports Center, in Mar del Plata, through the last window of the Qualifiers for the World Cup in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines 2023. Despite this, they still have not qualified for that ecumenical event, so they will have to beat Sunday Dominican Republicin the same scenario as today, to achieve that goal.
To directly access the World Cup tonight through Group E, the team led by Pablo Prigioni They needed not only to beat the Canadians, who were already classified and that is why they came to Mar del Plata without their NBA players, but also for Puerto Rico or Mexico to lose in their respective commitments as visitors to Brazil and Colombia.
But there was no case, although the Central Americans were the ones that were closest to succumbing, after a great game they ended up beating the Brazilians by 92 to 90, while the Mexicans overwhelmed the Colombians by almost 60 points: 113 to 54.
Given this scenario, Argentina now has eight victories against three losses, the same as the Dominican Republic, which tonight comfortably won as a visitor to Panama by 93 to 67.
The first three in each zone, plus the best fourth, qualify for the World Cup. Canada holds a record of 10 wins and one loss, which Argentina gave them just tonight.
The Argentine team consolidated their victory from the second quarter, since the first one ended up losing by 18 to 17. The first 9 points of the albiceleste team were the work of their greatest figure, the Cordovan point guard Facundo Campazzowho on his return to Mar del Plata, where he is an idol of Peñarol, displayed his entire repertoire of conversions, leaks and assists.
And precisely by his hand, the current Red Star player, from Belgrade, began to build the victory in the second round of the match, which the Argentines ended up taking 40-31, registering a 23-13 run.
Of course, the development matched again with the start of the second half, which would end with a tight partial in favor of the locals by 21-19, which would slightly increase the difference for a closing of the third quarter with Argentina leading by 61 to 50.
But despite the fact that the difference was not that important, there was already a feeling of consummated victory for the fans who filled Malvinas Argentinas at the start of the last quarter, in which they reddened their palms again to applaud a Campazzo who established himself as the figure of the night with a double-double, converting 13 points and delivering 10 assists. The other scorer with the same amount was Nicholas Brussino.
“The attitude of coming back and being here. I think we deserved it for the desire. We have one more game left and we deserved it,” he said. Carlos Delfino in chat with TyC Sports. The santafesino at 40 years old continues to shine.
“Today we are a larger team than them. We held up pretty well. In the first half to make a difference and in the second to hit at the right time. In the others defend the result. There is one more game to finish the job,” added the bodyguard, a survivor of the golden generation.
Campazzo, for his part, maintained: “It was what we were looking for, victory. It was a solid game, maybe we were a bit anxious at the beginning. They were going to come in the end, but we were logical”. Regarding the definition that will come on Sunday, the point guard said: “It depends on us and winning we are in the World Cup. More motivation than that does not exist”.
Facu sealed a form of 13 points and 11 assistsBrussino finished with 13 unitsDelfino hit with 12 points and 5 reboundswhile Garino and Delia recorded 10 pointsin addition to 7 rebounds for the pivot.
In this way, all the roads to the World Cup must now move towards what will happen next Sunday, at 9:10 p.m., again at the Mar del Plata Sports Center, against the Dominican Republic, with the inexcusable need to achieve a new victory so as not to depend on of no external result.
With information from Telam.