Uruguay Escapes With A 68-66 Win Over Jamaica

Esteban Batista of Uruguay celebrates after scoring the game winner in their 68-66 victory over Jamaica in day two of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas.

Esteban Batista of Uruguay celebrates after scoring the game winner in their 68-66 victory over Jamaica in day two of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas.

Uruguay made their debut in the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship and they made sure that it will be a memorable one as they scored a dramatic 68-66 win over Jamaica on Saturday night in Caracas.

Esteban Batista and Leandro Garcia toyed with Jamaica’s defense all-game long. Batista finished with 22 points on 10-for-14 shooting from the field to go along with 14 rebounds, while Garcia posted 20 points and four dimes for Uruguay.

Uruguay and Jamaica went toe-to-toe for the entire match with the Jamaicans looked poise to score a close win after building a five-point lead in the final period.

However, after being down 50-55, Uruguay unleashed a 9-0 run to take the lead and brought the momentum on their side. They were ahead by four points with only 45 seconds left in the match before Samardo Samuels tied the game at 66 with only 15 seconds left to play.

In the ensuing possession, Garcia missed a two-pointer, but Batista was there to grab the offensive rebound and scored a go-ahead basket with nine seconds left in the game. In the final play of the match, Durand Scott missed a potential game-tying three-pointer, which allowed Uruguay to escape with the victory in their pulsating showdown.

Former NBA player Samardo Samuels led Jamaica with 19 points and six boards, Akeem Scott had 18 markers, while Weyinmi Rose posted 15 points and four boards in a losing effort.

Jamaica shot just 29 percent from the field as a team, while also allowing Uruguay to post 16 second-chance points. Uruguay also dominated inside the paint with 28 points compared to 18 of Jamaica.

Jamaica will have a rest day on Sunday, while Uruguay will face powerhouse Puerto Rico, who are considered as one of the favorites to grab one of the four tickets to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup at stake in the tournament.

Click this link to check the official FIBA box score of the Uruguay – Jamaica showdown.

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