Puerto Rico and Mexico put themselves in front at the Men’s 2018 Central Americas and Caribbean Championships after they secured their second wins on day two at the National Gymnasium in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Puerto Rico beat Costa Rica in a low scoring game with a 50-35. It was all to play for at halftime as Puerto Rica held a slight five-point advantage at halftime, 21-16. Puerto Rico’s captain Carlos Ocasio who led his team to the victory scoring 10 of Puerto Rico’s 16 points in the last quarter.
Mexico had a more straightforward victory, 70-38, over El Salvador, winning all four quarters 18-8, 14-12, 15-8 and 23-10. In the first match of the day, Nicaragua bounced back from their opening defeat to Mexico, to beat the Dominican Republic, 80-33.
After two rounds, Puerto Rico and Mexico top the table with two victories, Costa Rico and Nicaragua both have one win and one loss to their name, whilst El Salvador and Dominicans Republic are both still in search of their first win with two losses.
In addition to the games, the opening ceremony of the championships took place, with Costa Rica’s Minister of Sports, Hernán Solano Venegas, accompanied by the Ambassador of Nicaragua in Costa Rica, Duilio José Hernández; the Technical Delegate of the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation, Maureen Orchard; the president of the Paradeportes Federation of Costa Rica, Andrés Carvajal Fournier, and the representative of the Costa Rican Institute of Sport and Recreation (ICODER), Walter Quirós; all in attendance and officially opened the championship.