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Romero leads Venezuela to 88-79 win over Uruguay in second round at FIBA Americas

Romero leads Venezuela to 88-79 win over Uruguay in second round at FIBA Americas

Hector Romero had 35 points and 11 rebounds in Venezuela's 88-79 victory over Uruguay in the second round of the Americas championship on Tuesday.
Romero scored six points in the final 44 seconds for Venezuela, which led 79-67 with 3:25 to play only to see Uruguay close within one point.
Venezuela finished 13-for-27 from 3-point range, almost double their average of 6.6 3s for the tournament, but struggled to score late. It missed five shots and committed a turnover during a 2-minute scoring drought that allowed Uruguay to cut it to 79-78 with 1:40 left on a 3-pointer by Leandro Garcia-Mormes.
Carlos Cedeno scored on a layup off an inbounds play with 1:20 left for Venezuela to end the drought. After Uruguay got within 81-79 with 1:10 left, Romero went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line and scored on a drive to seal the win.
Romero, who finished 11-for-23 from the field and had four 3-pointers, entered the game averaging 18 points per game.
Manuel Barrios was 5-for-6 on 3-pointers and added 19 points for Venezuela, which closes the second round with games against Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Esteban Batista had 21 points and 20 rebounds for Uruguay, which finished the first round as the second seed from its pool, but started the second round with losses to Canada and Venezuela. Its last two games in the second round are against the United States and Brazil.
Batista entered the game averaging 21.6 points and a tournament-best 12.8 rebounds. As was the case against Canada, he got little help on the boards as Venezuela finished with a 43-39 rebound advantage. The deficit was 24-12 in the first half when Venezuela took a 51-35 lead.
The top two teams in the tournament earn berths in the Beijing Olympics and the third through fifth finishers advance to an Olympic qualifying tournament next July for a chance to earn a bid.


Updated : 2021-05-18 15:07 GMT+08:00