Venezuela defeated Chile 42-61 on Monday in the last match of the third qualifying window for the AmeriCup, a result with which the southern team was left out of the continental tournament and that gives the place to Colombia, which defeated Argentina.
The Chilean quintet had a lazy night at the Evangelista Mora Coliseum, in the Colombian city of Cali, in which inaccuracies set the pace of the game, something that was taken advantage of by a rival that the difference in the scoreboard increased as the minutes passed and that he achieved a victory that left him as leader of Group A.
The Vinotinto de las Alturas was a steamroller in the first quarter and had as its main figure Nestor Colmenares, power forward for the Instituto de Córdoba in Argentina who, in addition to being the top scorer of the fraction with nine points, gained eight rebounds, a high figure that made things easier for his team, especially in attack.
La Roja, as on the eve against Argentina, suffered from inaccuracies under the boards and finished the fraction with a gap of 12 points.
Cristian Santander’s team tried to cut the gap but found that his rival made use of a card that he had saved up to now: the three-point throws of veteran forward José Vargas, who scored two shots in this manner. consecutive.
In this context, the figure of power forward Nicolás Carvacho emerged, driving the red onslaught and putting his team back into the game at the end of the first half, which ended 25-33.
After the break, Chile continued to seek to cut the advantage against the weaknesses shown by Venezuela, who lost many possessions and missed several shots.
The problem is that the southern team missed their shots and wasted Venezuela’s weak moment, which reacted when point guard Heissler Guillent plugged himself in and began to score to widen the differences.
So the match went to Vinotinto, with a brilliant Colmenares, both this Sunday against Colombia and this Monday with their hands full and with good feelings after the last qualifying window for the AmeriCup.
With this result, Venezuela finished as the leader of Group A with 11 points (five wins and one loss), followed by Argentina with 10 (four wins and two falls) and Colombia with eight (two games won and four lost), all three classified. from the area to the continental tournament.
Chile closed the group with seven units, the product of one win and five losses.