The Argentine men’s basketball team, already qualified for the AmeriCup 2022, completed zone A tonight, con a loss to local Colombia, 71-63, in the sixth and last match of the preliminary stage.
At the Evangelista Mora Coliseum in the city of Cali, the team led by Gabriel Piccato fell with his Colombian counterpart, with the following progression: Argentina 19-15, 33-30, 50-46 and 63-71
With this result, Colombia achieved its first triumph in official duels against Argentina, after having faced each other 26 times, since 1945.
The representative from Albiceleste had started this window with a wide victory over Chile, by 99-65, in a match played on Sunday night.
The Argentine team Today he felt the absence of forward Máximo Fjellerup (San Lorenzo), who was preserved for suffering a strong blow to his right calf.
The Cordoba base José Vildoza (San Lorenzo) was the main route of attack of an Argentine cast, today without a goal, with a production of 15 points (2-4 in doubles, 3-6 in triples, 2-2 in free), 6 assists, 2 rebounds and a steal in 36m, according to a report by FIBA Americas.
The guard Leonel Schattmann (Boca) fulfilled an acceptable task and finished with 10 points, 5 goal passes and 4 rebounds in 35m. The Colombian team showed guard Hansel Atencia as a star figure, who finished with 17 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in 34 minutes.
In another match played on the day, Panama defeated Uruguay, 77-71, through zone B of the qualifying stage. In this way, the Panamanian cast, led by the Puerto Rican Flor Meléndez (exDT of Obras Basket and Unión de Santa Fe) obtained the qualification for next year’s contest.