Team USA overcome Jose Alvarado’s Puerto Rico

Jim Boylen’s Americans did the job in San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico, to claim their fourth success in five games in Group D of the 2023 World Cup qualifiers.

Faced with a still experimental Team USA formation, the locals delivered a good first half (37-42 on a 3-pointer at the buzzer from Jordan Bell) before drawing on the return from the locker room against the address of the tandem of NBAers Justin Jackson-Langston Galloway. Both players scored 9 points each to make it 63-46. And despite the return of Puerto Rico at the very end of the match, with a 3-pointer from Jose Alvarado (20 points) to bring them back to 75-81, Team USA was able to secure the victory (75-83).

The challenge for us was just to have respect for our opponents and the physical dimension of FIBA ​​basketball. We were ready for this “said the man of the match, Justin Jackson with his 26 points (9/16 shooting, including 5/10 from 3-pointers), 6 rebounds, 3 assists (25 evaluation).

The Americans will complete this first phase in Cuba on Monday.

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