SANTO DOMINGO – Dominican Republic crushed Chile 71-46 in a Group F match of the second round of the Basketball World Cup qualifiers at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Santo Domingo on Thursday.
Dominican point guard Victor Liz and reserves Jonathan Araujo and Gelvis Solano were the stars of the game, along with forward Angel Delgado, who scored nine points and took 12 rebounds to help the Dominicans outplay Chile.
The Dominicans improved their group win-loss record to 5-2 while the Chileans fell to 1-6.
The performance of both teams was erratic in the first half of the game, with the Dominicans anxious to win in front of a rousing 8,000-strong home crowd.
Liz opened with a three pointer for the Dominicans, which was followed by another three pointer by Delgado and point guard Edgar Sosa’s two points.
Chile made a comeback with an offensive from Sebastian Suarez, but trailed their rivals 13-8 in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Suarez helped Chile maintain its position, aided by Franco Morales and Felipe Haase, who outscored the Dominicans 16-15.