They met in the qualifiers for the 2023 Basketball World Cup.

They met in the qualifiers for the 2023 Basketball World Cup.

The Colombian basketball team achieved its third victory in a row and takes an important step in the quest to qualify for the < b>World Cup.

Rigoberto Urán: the fun exercises to try to sleep Champions League: a tough draw for several candidates, analysis

The The national team defeated Mexico 93-89 for the qualifiers for the 2023 Basketball World Cup, in a historic victory.

With the same player base that managed to beat Brazil and with the addition of Jaime Echenique to the squad, the Colombian National Team faced Mexico.

Big win

They faced each other in the 2023 basketball world-cup qualifiers.

In the first two quarters, the local team imposed their game against the 'Cafeteros', taking a difference of 20 points on the scoreboard, Mexico took advantage of the offensive rebounds that the Colombian defense gave them, in addition to punishing from the line of three points, taking advantage of the good hand of players like Pako Cruz and Gabriel Girón.

The 'Tricolor' began to discount in the third quarter, largely due to the good work in defense deployed by the team led byGuillermo Moreno, who completely reduced the Mexican attack, managing to get closer with a 21-12 run.

Romario Roque and Brian Angola were the most prominent on the side offensive, with a great contribution to the team's game, adding important points to cut the score.

In the last quarter, Colombia tied the game, meeting with the awakening in attack by Andrés Ibargüen and an important contribution from the bench by Luis Almanza, who was indecipherable for the rival defense due to his speed when attacking the rim.

Both quintets missed clear opportunities to get ahead on the scoreboard in the last seconds of the match, sending the match into extra time.

Already in the extra time the 'Tricolor' team managed to separate from the Central Americans with a difference of 5 points, the same distance that they knew how to maintain in order to win the match. Brian Angola was named the man of the match, averaging 21 PT, 9 REB and 3 AST.[ /embed]

Thinking about the United States

“We were not going to give up, we talked about making rebounding stops and what Brian said, playing together, our style of play, our identity, our convictions are enough to keep us from thinking that we are going to lose”, coach Guillermo Moreno commented post game.

“The victory was given by the players who came from the bench, there were several players who did not have their day, Almanza, Romario, Ibargüen himself who had been playing some very important games before and today we know the conditions from a player like Jaime Echenique, a player that we need to improve our level of play, coming off the bench they gave us an important plus and I think that was what helped us win the match”, Angola declared at a press conference.

Colombia will arrive in the country on August 26 at El Dorado Airport, they will rest in Bogotá and the next day they will travel to Barranquilla to prepare for their next game.

Colombia will face the United States next Monday, August 29 at the Elías Chegwin Coliseum for the second date of the qualifying round for the 2023 Basketball World Cup.