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June 2021
Colombia celebrates victory over Argentina
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Unforgettable AmeriCup Moments: Colombia down Argentina in double OT thriller

MIAMI (United States) - If the win wasn't as glamorous as their title-winning triumph the year before on home soil at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia's victory over Argentina at the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2019 in Puerto Rico was notable for one other historical reason.

The game was the first ever in the FIBA Women's AmeriCup to go to two overtimes and it helped Colombia achieve a fifth-place performance at the event - their highest placing.

Colombia, beaten 70-47 by Argentina two years before, got revenge in San Juan after climbing out of a big early hole. Argentina outscored them 15-2 in the opening four minutes of the contest.

Unlike in Buenos Aires, Colombia battled back to win, 73-71.

Yaneth Arias had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds of the first overtime but her layup was blocked by Argentina's Victoria Llorente.

With five seconds left in the second extra period, Arias caught a pass from Maria Palacio in the lane and laid the ball in for the go-ahead basket.

Colombia did have to survive a tense last few seconds as Andrea Boquete had a good look at the basket from  three-point land but her attempt hit the rim and stayed out, allowing the Colombians to celebrate an emotional win.

Arias finished with 14 points and nine rebounds while Manuela Rios had 17 points and seven assists.  Mabel Martínez came up big with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four steals and Jenifer Munoz  weighed in with 13 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Colombia ended up facing Cuba in the 5th/6th Place Game and rolled to a 75-62 win.