Puerto Rico vs Angola: FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2016 Live Stream, Preview, Match Highlights
Puerto Rico suffered a bitter 87-81 defeat against host nation Serbia in their opening game at the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade. The Central American side hopes to keep their Rio dream alive as they face AfroBasket 2015 runner-up Angola on Tuesday night.Advertisement
Eddie Casiano knows what his men need to do to stay afloat in the tournament. They must do a better job capitalizing on leads and maintain composure down the stretch.
Puerto Rico had a 31-30 lead against Serbia midway through the second quarter, but failed to take advantage. Fenerbahce small forward Nikola Kalinic buried a three to put Serbia ahead 33-31 and the home team never looked back since, as per FIBA.com.
Quickly after Kalinic’s long-ball, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Fenerbahce shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic combined to spark an 8-0 run. Sofa Score noted that Puerto Rico found itself in a 10-point hole heading into the 3rd quarter.
JJ Barea and company started the game 3 of 5 from beyond the arc. However, they were unable to sustain their hot three-point shooting throughout the game. The team only converted 5 of its next 21 three-point attempts.
Serbia also benefited from Puerto Rico’s 21 turnovers. The European squad scored a total of 28 points off of their opponent’s blunders. Angola’s head coach Carlos Dinis will undoubtedly instruct his young guns to replicate Serbia’s success against Puerto Rico.
Angola Gunning for Huge Upset
Fans were surprised when Angola announced its roster for the Belgrade OQT. Team veterans Roberto Fortes, Armando Costa and Olimpio Cipriano were left out the team in favor of much fresher legs in Silvio De Sousa, Bruno Fernandes, Gerson Domingos and Gerson Goncalves Lukeny. Dinis explained that he wants to develop the new guys sooner rather than later.
Angola shooting guard Edson Ndoniema is aware that competition will be fierce in Belgrade, but he has utmost faith in his teammates and coaching staff. Although beating Serbia is a longshot, he believes Angola has what it takes to trounce Puerto Rico.
“We have faced Puerto Rico during the preparations for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and although it is a good team I think it is within our reach,” said Ndoniema. “But we are going to need to play with attitude and try to play better than them.”
The Puerto Rico-Angola match will start at 12 p.m. ET. Basketball fans can watch the 2016 FIBA OQT match through live stream via Live Basketball TV. Replays and highlights are available on the official FIBA YouTube channel.