José Alvarado Snaps Sabonis’ Olympics Streak, Puerto Rico Secures Spot in Games

Puerto Rico Qualifies for Paris 2024 Olympic Games After 20-Year Absence

Puerto Rico’s basketball team has secured a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games after a thrilling win over Lithuania. The Caribbean squad emerged victorious with a score of 79-68, ending a 20-year absence from the Olympic Games.

Puerto Rico Opens Strong

The game started with Puerto Rico in the lead, thanks to the efforts of Jose Alvarado, who was later proclaimed the Best Player of the tournament. The team opened the first period with a 6-14 lead, with Alvarado scoring eight points. Lithuania responded with a strong push, led by Domantas Sabonis, and took the lead with a score of 14-17.

Waters and Alvarado Shine

In the second period, Puerto Rico regrouped and launched a strong comeback, thanks to the efforts of Tremont Waters and Alvarado. The duo scored 16 of the team’s 20 points in the quarter, taking the lead with a score of 32-34. Lithuania fought back, but Puerto Rico maintained their advantage, ending the first half with a score of 39-35.

Devastating Third Quarter

In the third quarter, Waters and Alvarado continued to dominate, scoring the first 16 points for Puerto Rico. The team took a comfortable lead of 55-43, which they maintained throughout the rest of the game.

Puerto Rico Secures Victory

The fourth and final quarter saw Puerto Rico continue to shine, with a final score of 79-68. The team’s victory secured their spot in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, ending a 20-year absence from the tournament.

Bad Bunny and Ozuna in Attendance

The game was attended by famous Puerto Rican artists Bad Bunny and Ozuna, who cheered on the team from the stands.

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Data Sheet

Puerto Rico (79): Pineiro (4), Conditt (6), Howard (12), Reed (5), Alvarado (23), Thompson (0), Ford (0), Clavell (5), Romero (2), Ortiz (4), Toro (0), Waters (18).

Lithuania (68): Sedekerskis (0), Tubelis (0), Sabonis (10), Jokubaitis (16), Kuzminskas (6), Motiejunas (8), Dimsa (0), Grigonis (8), Lekavicius (5), Butkevicius (7), Sirvydis (0), Ulanovas (8).

Referees: Antonio Conde (ESP), Yohan Rosso (FRA) and Andrés Bartel (URU).

Incidents: Final match of the Men’s Pre-Olympic Basketball Tournament played at the Puerto Rico Coliseum in San Juan, which awarded a spot for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

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