World Cup Qualifiers Argentina, Mexico, Puerto Rico, And Dominican Republic Return To Action In 2013 FIBA Americas Semis

mexico postThe representatives of America in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain were already finalized, but the four qualifiers are expected to go all out for pride and glory when they return to action today.

Mexico will look to have a shot at the gold medal when they collide with Argentina, followed by the expected slam-bang affair between Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the semifinals of the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.

Mexico finished on top of the pack after two rounds of actions, securing the first of the four spots at stake in this year’s FIBA Americas Championship. The Mexicans formalized their entry to the 2014 World Cup with emphatic 66-59 win over Puerto Rico last Saturday.

“We came with a clear objective to raise our level of play, mainly because Mexico does not have a background in basketball. But it is true that the wins over Dominican Republic and Venezuela and made us believe we could compete on equal footing with the other teams,” said Sergio Valdeolmillos after their victory.

The Dominican Republic ended up second in the standings after completing a Cinderella run in the second round, which was punctuated by an 86-78 win over Uruguay, completing a sweep of their second-round assignments.

“We are very excited about qualifying to the World Cup. Our entire group and the federation of our country is very happy to have met the goal and now have a ticket to Spain. I am proud because both the players and the leadership trusted me in giving me this opportunity,” said Orlando Antigua, whose country will be appearing in the worlds for the first time since 1978.

Puerto Rico and Argentina, two of the top favorites before the tournament started ended up third and fourth in the standings, respectively, but all is not lost for them as they are expected to go all out in their bid to advance to the finals of the 2013 FIBA Americas.

Argentina is the defending FIBA Americas champions, but they are playing in the tournament without several established stars like Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, Pablo Prigiini, and Carlos Delfino.

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