Jamaica lose second round basketball opener to Dominican Republic

CARACAS, Venezuela,  CMC- Jamaica lost to Dominican Republic 60-78 in their opening second round game of the FIBA Americas Championship in the Poliedro de Caracas here yesterday.

The Jamaicans were unable to contain a better organized Dominican Republic who trailed 11-17, 29-42 and 45-57 at the end of the first three sessions.

Jamaica’s point guard Akeem Scott beat opponents en route to easy lay ups and hammered in several long range jumpers to score 21 points while Feldeine James led Dominican Republic with 22.

The JamrockerZ, who eliminated Brazil two days ago, continue a hectic series of second round games with a clash against 2011 Americas winners Argentina today before facing Mexico on Saturday and hosts Venezuela a day later.

Based on the FIBA points system which awards one point for a loss and two for a victory, Jamaica, who took a bonus three from the first round, now have four.

Dominican Republic entered the second round with four points and move up to six.

Four semi-finalists advance to the basketball World Cup next year in Spain.

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