Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's men basketballers went down 78-60 to the Dominican Republic in their opening Group 'A' game in the second round of the FIBA Americas Championships in Caracas, Venezuela, yesterday. The Sam Vincent-coached Jamaicans were outplayed by their opponents from the opening whistle, as they trailed 17-11 at the end of the first quarter.
The Dominican Republic capitalised on a number of sloppy plays and poor defence from the Jamaicans in the second period to take a 42-29 lead at half-time.
Jamaicans stepped up their offence in the third stanza as they outscored their opponents 16-15 to trail 57-45 at the end of the quarter.
Akeem Scott was the leading scorer for Jamaica with 21 points and eight rebounds. Jamaica will oppose Argentina today in their second match of the round starting at 11 am (Ja time). The other teams in Group A are favourites Puerto Rico, Canada and Uruguay.
Meanwhile, Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, and hosts Venezuela are drawn in Group B. The four semi-finalists at this championship qualify for the basketball World Cup, to be held next year in Spain.