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 Puerto Rico Beats Mexico in Basketball Final
October 30, 2011 09h28PM {data}2011-10-30{/data}{hora}21:28{/hora}

Puerto Rico Star J.J. Barea. Photo: AP

Puerto Rico Star J.J. Barea
Photo: AP

Victor Casarreal Salcido
Direct from Guadalajara
Puerto Rico defeated Mexico 74-72 in a very exciting basketball final match for the gold medal in the XVI Pan-American Games Guadalajara 2011.

In a very exciting match at the CODE dome, Puerto Rico ended the Mexican quest for basketball gold in the continental competition.

The local team led at the end of the first quarter 21-19 with a great performance by team captain Victor Mariscal, who scored two triples for eight points total.

NBA champ JJ Barea and Reinaldo Walkman led the Islanders in a very physical match to level the score at 35 points at the end of the first half of play. Barea scored ten points while Walkman had twelve.

Mexico missed a couple of key three pointers to start the second half and Puerto Rico took advantage to open a 35-41 lead. That was when the fans really began supporting their team and coach Sergio Valdeomillos reacted calling a time out to settle down his players. The third quarter ended 51-50.

The final quarter was both dramatic and intense. Mexico and Puerto Rico had the gold medal in their sights and no one was slowing down.

With the game tied 70-70 with less than a minute to play, Puerto Rico allowed JJ Barea to control the ball and the clock. For the win.

Mexico repeated the silver medal obtained at the Pan-Am games in La Havana 1991.

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  1. José Juan Barea scored 18 points for Puerto Rico.

    Foto: AP

  2. Puerto Rico took advantage of their experience to beat Mexico.

    Foto: AP

  3. Barea made the difference.

    Foto: AP

  4. Renaldo Balkmanscored 28 points for puerto Rico.

    Foto: AP

  5. Lorenzo Mata played defense for Mexico.

    Foto: AP



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