Cangrejeros pick up win in BCL Americas debut; Bigua bounces back
MIAMI (United States) - Games in Groups A and C continued on Tuesday evening in BCL Americas, and there were some solid takeaways from the action in Brazil and Nicaragua.
Bigua 69 - 65 Obras Sanitarias
After a blowout loss last night to Minas in their BCL Americas opener, Bigua bounced back by beating Obras Sanitarias by four following an up-and-down second half.
The Uruguayan basketball club was out-scored by nine in the third quarter and looked totally out of sync offensively. But then, Donald Sims took over and guided the squad to a miracle fourth quarter that helped swing the game 11 points in their favor.
Sims was the star of the show, though, as he scored an impressive 28 points, including five 3-pointers. He received help from Iván Sebastián Loriente Pérez — who put up 15 points of his own — but Sims’ mastery on offense was the major difference in the game.
With Obras standing no chance of stopping Sims — even with adjustments — their defense wilted under pressure and spoiled what was an excellent effort in the third period.
Ultimately, Obras’ lack of depth was the final nail for them. They wore down as the game went on — especially defensively — and had very little production and shot creation down the stretch.
Obras Sanitarias will be back in action on Wednesday against Minas, while Bigua escapes window one with a .500 record.
Cangrejeros 89 - 68 Stingers
One night after delivering a shocking upset over last year’s finalist Real Esteli, the Stingers suffered a major let down at the hands of Puerto Rico’s Cangrejeros.
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It was actually a superb and complete performance from Bad Bunny’s Cangrejeros, as they jumped the Stingers from the start with a 22-9 run. The PR club never surrendered despite getting very limited production from talented lead guard Angel Rodriguez.
Instead, the team was carried by Isaac Sosa (22 points), Davon Jefferson (16 points) and Ramon Clemente (12 points).
Meanwhile, Trahson Yamarr Burrell once again was the star for the Stingers (scoring 17 points), but they are still lacking in production from their bench. Instead of providing a solid inside-outside punch off of the pine, Junior Cadougan and Josh Boone have struggled through the first couple of games.
Overall, this was a tough loss for the Stingers as they couldn’t protect the paint and allowed their opponent to shoot over 50% from the field.