Jamaica's men's basketball team registered a historic 81-75 victory over defending champions Argentina in their second round match of the FIBA Americas Championships in Caracas, Venezuela, yesterday.
The Sam Vincent-coached Jamaicans were led to victory by shooting guard Weyinmi Rose who netted 20 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Rose received support from Adrian Uter with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Akeem Scott who added 12 points. Luis Scola with 22 points, led the way for Argentina. It was the first win ever for Jamaica at this stage of a FIBA competition and their first victory over Argentina.
Jamaica in third
The win has moved the Jamaicans to third position on six points, one behind the Argentineans. Puerto Rico lead the group with eight points. The Jamaicans began the match confidently as they battled to a narrow 18-17 lead at the end of the first quarter.
However, the Argentineans rallied strongly in the second stanza to lead 31-28 at half-time.
The Jamaicans were outscored 24-22 by their opponents, who led 55-50 at the end of the third quarter.
Rose, who plies his trade for Indios de Mayaguez in Puerto Rico, came out firing in the fourth quarter, as he netted three three-pointers to give Jamaica a close 59-55 lead midway the period. The Jamaicans extended their advantage down the stretch to record their first victory of the second round.
Jamaica will face Mexico in their third match of the group today, starting 11 a.m. (Ja time). The top four teams at the end of this round automatically qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain.