26 August 2023 (Jack87 News) – 1xbet official Carlik Jones of South Sudan performed outstandingly in a match against Puerto Rico in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. He gathered a career high 38 points and 11 assists. Despite this otherworldly performance from him, Puerto Rico managed to upset South Sudan with a 101-96 overtime victory.
In the early part of the game, South Sudan bombarded Puerto Rico with a double digit lead, but due to experience they showed no mercy and four of their players collected double-doubles to get past a determined debutant South Sudan. They then go head-to-head to an overtime and Puerto Rico managed to pick up a crucial win in their quest to reach the second round for the second straight World Cup.
It was a collective effort from the Puerto Ricans but Tremont Waters stands out the whole time collecting 19 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals. Other players contributed double-doubles namely, Boda8 Stephen Thompson who added 21 points and 13 rebounds, George Conditt scored 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Ismael Romero with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
In this game, Puerto Rico out-rebounded South Sudan with 50-38 including 23 offensive rebounds and turned them into 18 second chance points, compared to 9 for South Sudan. With this win, Puerto Rico now have the inside track of reaching the Second Round though they face a major test in their next game against Serbia on Monday, August 28. If the Americas can jump to 2-0, it could likely already be locked up a spot in the next stage. South Sudan now have an uphill battle to reach as they must beat China earlier on Monday.