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Easy win for the Dominican Republic to stay undefeated
NASSAU (FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019) — The Dominican Republic National Team continued their great job in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers and achieved another comfortable victory in their journey at the Bahamas.
The Dominicans had no mercy for their US Virgin Islands counterparts and won 113-85 in a game that took place on Sunday at the Kendal G. L. Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau as part of Group D in the Americas Qualifiers.
With this victory, Dominican Republic (4-0) are still undefeated and secured their pass to the second round of the Qualifiers that begin in September. Las Thursday, the Dominicans had defeated Bahamas, 96-63. All their victories in the Qualifiers have been by double-digits, with a 20.8-point difference average.
Meanwhile, Virgin Islands (1-3) are now in a complicated spot and will need to stack on victories in this summer’s third window to see if they can go forward to the next round. Until now, Virgin Islands have not been able to play the Qualifiers in their country due to the damages caused by hurricane Irma last September.
Dominican Republic had six double-digit players on their side, headed by Edward Santana, with 20 points. Víctor Liz and Sadiel Rojas added 16 points, while Gelvis Solano made 13, Eloy Vargas did 12, and Dagoberto Peña achieved 11. Luis Montero played a complete game, with 12 rebounds, seven assists, seven points and two blocks.
Walter Hodge led the Virgin Islands, with 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Jonathan Gray contributed 15 points, and Georgio Milligan and Jamaal Samuel achieved 13 each.
“We fought hard in the first two quarters, but the height disadvantage is a problem for us. We have to do a better job to involve everybody.”Walter Hodge (ISV)
The first quarter was a close one. The Dominicans only won by three, 27-24, with six points by Liz, and five rebounds and two assists by Montero. Hodge kept his team in the competition with a complete game of seven points, five rebounds and two assists.
However, in the second quarter, the Dominican Republic showcased a better game in both sides of the court, and once they achieved a double-digit advantage, they never let it go. The winners were very effective in field goals, with a 55.5% average and 72% in 2-pointers in the first 20 minutes of the game; thus, leaving for the locker rooms with an advantage, 54-41.
In the second half, the Dominicans gave no options to their rivals, and with a fast game in the transitions, dominating the floor and a good defense, they overpowered the Virgin Islanders, who gave no resistance and were far away from the game they brought to the Dominican city of Santiago in November, when they put up a good fight to their opponents for 30 minutes.
“Slowly we imposed our height advantage, our tactics worked and were enough to beat them. Our bench players did a great job.”Melvyn Lopez (DOM)
For the summer Qualifiers, the Dominican Republic will visit Canada on June 29 and will welcome Bahamas on July 2. On those same dates, Virgin Islands will play against Bahamas and the Canadians, respectively.