DR qualifies for U19 Basketball World Championship

This is the third time that the Dominican Republic has qualified for a World Championship in the U19 category.

The national U18 men’s basketball team won one of the four spots available for the U19 World Championship to be held next year, organized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

The Quisqueyanos defeated Belize 79-69 this Friday afternoon in a quarterfinal game held at the Obras Sanitarias Stadium in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the official venue of the AmeriCup U18 Championship.

Lucas Morillo had a dominant offensive performance with a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds plus four assists, followed by Danny Carbuccia with 17 points and five assists, and Wilmer De la Rosa double figures of 11 baskets and 10 blocked shots.

For Belize, Josiah Moseley had a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds, Ian Parham contributed 17 points and Wilford Dawson closed with 14 points and six caught balls.

The team led by Jose Cabrera (Tyron) dominated Group A with a 3-0 record, which included Canada (2-1), Venezuela (1-2) and Puerto Rico 0-3, extending their undefeated record to 4-0 after defeating Belize in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Their next match will be this Saturday in the semifinal series against the winner of the match between Argentina and Venezuela. The United States had punched their ticket to the U19 World Championship and advanced to the semifinals after defeating Puerto Rico 98-66 on Friday.

Sunday will be the final clash for the AmeriCup U18 title between the winners of the semifinal round, which has Dominican Republic and United States, and awaits the results of the duels: Canada-Brazil and Argentina-Venezuela.

Cabrera is assisted by Vladimir Frias, Patricio Alfonso, Alex Mirabel and physical trainer Jean Carlos Perez. Also completing the delegation are delegate César Pérez Samboy and Dr. Nelson Saldívar, medical director of the Dominican U18 national team.

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This is the third occasion that the Dominican Republic achieves the qualification to a World Championship in the U19 category, the first being in the 1983 Youth in the Philippines, and in 2015 which was held in Greece.


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