Basketball. Brazil eventually respond but end up losing to Mexico

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More than eight thousand fans made their way to Jaragua Arena on Monday night to watch the World Cup qualifier clash.

August 30 2022 – 5:59 amPer: Yanichi Demetrio

Credit: Publicity / Jaraguá do Sul City Hall

Jaragua do Sul was the scene of Brazil’s men’s national team’s biggest-ever match of the Basketball World Cup qualifiers. This Monday (29) night, Brazil and Mexico met each other in an exciting match that brought more than 8 thousand fans to Jaragua Arena. Unfortunately, Brazil could not overcome their opponents and lost 82:72.

The crowd did their thing, hyping and cheering the athletes on with every move the Brazilian team made against their opponents. Between the second and third quarters of the game, another attraction caught the public’s attention. Banda Estrela de Ouro stormed the court, bringing with them the 32nd Schutzenfest bigwigs, Wilfred (the party mascot) and dancers from folk groups.

The Brazilian team did not pass the mark once, losing by almost 20 points. In the last four minutes of the match, Brazil tried to come back and even reduced the advantage of the opponents to ten points. With 1’30” remaining, the margin was down to seven points, which made the crowd rise to its feet and spur the team to respond. The final moments were very emotional, but there was not enough time to turn around, finishing the score. 82 for Mexico, 72 for Brazil. Mark and finishing woes forced Brazil to a second straight loss in this second round of qualifying. Brazil’s men’s national team edged Puerto Rico in their second-round debut last week in San Juan, 75-72. “There was a little lack of consistency and composure on offense,” summed up the team’s head coach. among the leaders Marcelinho Huertas. Coach Gustavo Conti said the players’ anxiety could have been the factors that led to the defeat.

PASSING JARAGUÁ DO SUL
The Crook family from Jaragua do Sul arrived at the Jaragua Arena at 9am on Monday (29) to secure the top spots in the clash between Brazil and Mexico. The father, mother and their two children – the son is a local under-13 basketball player – were featured on CBB’s social media and had a surprise waiting to enter the interior of the Arena. Players Lucas Diaz, Lucas Mariano (bald), Rafael Mineiro and Augusto Lima went to them to welcome and hand over the team jerseys.

Brazil’s men’s basketball team arrived on Saturday (27) as they held their first training session in Jaragua do Sul ahead of their clash against Mexico. The team led by Gustavo de Conti made the long journey back from Puerto Rico to Brazil and arrived in Jaragua do Sul. On Sunday (28), during the basketball tournament and other Secel activities, there was also an autograph and photo session with the athletes at the Arena Jaragua.

REMOVALS
In addition to Brazil and Mexico, 16 teams compete in the qualifiers: Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Chile, Cuba and Paraguay. In the first round of qualification, Brazil won five games and lost only one, against Colombia.

Due to the format of the scrimmage, Brazil will still face the United States, with two home-and-away clashes in Mexico (away) and Puerto Rico at home. Basketball World Cup qualifying is scheduled to conclude in February 2023, with the top three teams from Groups E and F advancing to the World Cup, as well as the best fourth team from both groups.

The Basketball World Cup will be held from August 25 to September 10, 2023, hosted by Japan, the Philippines and Indonesia. 32 teams will compete in the first round, four in each group. The top two from each group advance to the second round and the top two from each group advance to the knockout stage, starting with the quarter-finals.

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