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Puerto Rico’s Olympic Basketball Dream Is Over


Puerto Rico’s Olympic dream came to a painful end on Sunday when they lost their quarterfinal game to Serbia 108-77.

The national Puerto Rico men’s basketball team will continue to be kept from an Olympic birth for another four years.

The 108-77 loss to the host Serbia in the final Playoff in Belgrade was met by a variety of reaction here in Puerto Rico. Many here were disappointed that Puerto Rico came so close to make it to the Rio games this summer, but were outplayed by a more powerful Serbian team.

Others felt proud that Puerto Rico made it to the final playoff game against a basketball powerhouse like Serbia.

Sports historian, Jossie Alvarado stated, “Serbia has over a hundred professional basketball players playing around the world, and they did not have a difficult time selecting 12 players for that tournament.”

Serbia was undefeated in the tournament and had previously defeated Puerto Rico in their first match, 81-87will be heading to the Rio games and Puerto Rico will be watching the Olympics with that “we almost had it” feeling. Puerto Rico has not participated in the Olympics since the Athens 2004 games where they were invited.

In his second game, Jose Juan Barea finished with 22 points, followed by Carlos Arroyo 14 in a losing effort.

Five Serbs ended in double figures. Bojan Bogdanovic led with 26 points.

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