A bitter taste for the Puerto Rican meant the world of Turkey. They marched on it with a single win and without the possibility of moving from the phase of groups. Carlos Arroyo (Miami Heat) piece hip injury key on the computer, the withdrawal of Larry Ayuso and Christian Dalmau roster before the tournament and errors at crucial moments, perhaps were the factors that made that Puerto Rico came no further in this World Cup. While it is true that they were part of which for many meant the Group of death of this world (Turkey, Greece, China, Russia, PR and Ivory Coast), the Puerto Rican arrived with possibilities to the last game of the group. While the group led by Manolo Cintron came from losing to Russia (75-66), Greece (although this encounter was very uneven: 83-80) and Turkey (79-77) and had won only to China (84-76), it is playing the classification round on the final day against Ivory Coast.
Incredibly, and against all odds, Africans took that party, leaving China and Puerto Rico out of the World Cup in the second round. It was the first meeting that earned the Ivorians. A few weeks before the start of the tournament, Manolo Cintron had declared that it had the most complete team since reaching a historic fourth place in the Argentina 1990 World and that she hoped a coup in Turkey. Puerto Rico will play cheerful, dominate the rebounds and implement your career game. If we can defend the 40 minutes with intensity and we can rebound, should count on Puerto Rico, had declared the technician on a tour of the team prior to the World Cup event. Well, obviously none of this saying Cintron went as planned. On the positive side, notably very strong performances that took both Jose Juan Barea (Dallas Mavericks) as Angel Vassallo (ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne of France).
By Alejandro a. Sanchez worked as NBA reporter for various media in your country. During the season 07-08 toured United States and each of the stages of the NBA documenting the experience on a blog on ESPN Deportes, denominadoo the path to the NBA.In turn, Alejandro is professional referee of basketball in his country since 1998 and FIBA referee since 2008. His taste for sports journalism and his passion for the NBA decided to create PasesyCortes.com, a site of basketball in Spanish which main goal is to bring the NBA to the large Latin American community. Original author and source of the article