Jamaica Escapes With 78-76 Win To Eliminate Brazil In 2013 FIBA Americas Championship

jamaica podtJamaica will advance to the second round after escaping with a huge 78-76 win over Brazil in their pulsating showdown on Tuesday night in Caracas, Venezuela.

Fighting for the last ticket to the second round of the 2013 FIBA Americas, Brazil and Jamaica went toe-to-toe for the entire match, trading leads and runs throughout the game.

Jamaica ended the first half with a three-point lead, but Brazil came out stronger in the second half. The Brazilians started the third period with a 6-0 run to take a 42-39 lead in the 7:43 mark of the match.

Brazil led by as much as 10 points, 59-49, with 1:51 left in the third quarter before Jamaica decreased it to six points heading into the final period.

The two teams then traded crucial baskets in the final period. Veteran Marcelo Huertas put Brazil ahead 76-74 with 1:13 left to play in the game, but he fouled Akeem Scott in the ensuing possession. Smith made both free throws to tie the game at 76 with only 46 seconds left in the match.

Scott converted two cold-blooded free-throws when he was fouled with only five seconds left in the game. Vitor Benite had a chance to tie the game for Brazil, but he missed the potential game-tying basket, ending their hopes of earning a ticket to next year’s World Cup in Spain.

Samardo Samuels, who played in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, led Jamaica with 21 points to go along with eight rebounds, while Weyinmi Rose and Durand Scott added 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Jamaica finished the preliminary round with a 1-3 record, which is good for fourth spot in Group A. On the other hand, Brazil, who missed several key players like Anderson Varejao and Tiago Splitter, ended up winless in four games.

You can check the official FIBA Box Score for complete stats and summary of the pulsating showdown between Brazil and Jamaica.

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