Argentine basketball risks presence at the World Cup in two all-or-nothing finals, with Campazzo as the flag

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All or nothing, Argentina will face this week’s last window of the Qualification for the Americas for him Men’s Basketball World Cup in Japan, Philippines and Indonesia, which will be held from 25 August to 10 September. The team led by Paul Prison will have two decisive commitments at the Islas Malvinas Sports Center in Mar del Plata, against Canadaundefeated and the only one on the continent with a guaranteed ticket, e Dominican Republicone of his two direct rivals in the fight for the classification.

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The albiceleste team, current world runner-up and winner of the America’s Cup 2022fourth gear in E group with a record of 7 wins in 10 games played, the same as Dominicans and Venezuelans (the others continuing with chances). It’s up to him to keep one of the six places available for the ecumenical tournament (the top three from each zone and the fourth best enter), but it’s not an easy scenario.

The positive: he will present himself with a highly competitive squad, given that there are 17 players in the squad Facundo Campazzo, Charles Dauphin, Leander Bolmaro, Nicholas Brussino AND Patrick Garino.

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If those led by Prigioni win their two matches, they will be in the top three of their group and qualify for the World Cup. If they lose to the Canadians (who they will play this Thursday at 21:40) and defeat the Dominican Republic (Sunday at 21:10), they will also secure a spot. Because even if the Dominicans – led by Nestor Garcia– beat Panama at the beginning of this window and finish with the same record as the Argentines, the tie would be broken with the result of the match between them.

With another combination of results, they will already depend on what happens in the other encounters in the window. Although they could also enter by losing the two matches they will play in Mar del Plata and finishing fourth in the group, if in the other area, the one who occupies that position does not reach seven wins (Mexico He’s at that spot today with six celebrations and four losses) or hit that number, but no big wins.

Is that in the face of equality of records, the qualifier would be defined by the difference in points. Argentina has +72; while in group F, Puerto Rico (third on 6-4) stacks +8; Mexico, -20; AND Uruguay (fifth on 5-5), -44. The team that could complicate the fate of the albicelesti, in this scenario, is Brazilwho has +170 and if he loses his two games (against Puerto Rico and United States of Americaleader at 10-8), could finish fourth with seven wins.

Prigioni released the squad list for the two matches on Monday. Without the possibility of calling up players from the teams of the NBA and the euroleaguethe Cordovan were “lucky” that two of today’s best Argentines were available, for different reasons.

On one side Campazzo. The base is not yet qualified to play the Euroleague with i Red Star from Belgrade (he is expected to be given the green light for his tournament debut in March), for which he was released by his squad to travel to Mar del Plata and play in the qualifying window.

the presence of the former Denver AND Dallas promises to have a very positive impact on the team, which, with Facu On the court he has a record of 3 wins and only one loss in the qualifying tournament.

On the other Bolmaro. The Las Varillas striker was cut late last week for Utah and remaining as a free player he can also be present in the duels against Canada and the Dominican Republic.

The Argentine squad will be completed by Delfino (player from Pesaro) e Lucio Redivo (UEB Cividale), of the Italian League; Brussino (Gran Canaria), Garino e max fjellerup (Girona), Juan Ignacio Marcos (Go Lleida), Juan Fernández (Fuenlabrada) and John Paul Vaulet (Manresa), from Spain; Jose Vildoza (Brazilian flamengo); Marco Delia (Lithuanian wolves); AND Leonardo Motto AND Robert Acuna (Olympic), Franco Baralle (Quims) e Tayavek Gallizi (Institute), of the National League.

The great absentees will be Santiago Gabriel Deck (Real Madrid), the man from Mar del Plata Luca Vildozza (Campazzo’s teammate at Red Star) and the native of Buenos Aires Nicola Laprovittola (Barcelona), which in the next few days will play the matches of the most important European basketball tournament.

Canada, without the best

Canada appears, on paper, as a very difficult obstacle to overcome. He is first in the group with an unbeaten record of 10 wins. Even if, with qualification for the World Cup guaranteed -and the impossibility of having players from the NBA or the Euroleague-, the coach Nate Bjorkgren omitted many of its large figures, such as the base Shai Gilgeous-Alexanderof the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The positions of Group E of the American qualifiers for the FIBA ​​​​​​World Cup 2023, before the last window.  Instagram photo @fibawc

The positions of Group E of the American qualifiers for the FIBA ​​​​​​World Cup 2023, before the last window. Instagram photo @fibawc

The North American team will face the game with brothers Phil and Thomas Scrubb (both from Obradoiro, Spain, and the only ones present in this team’s ten games); Jahvon Blair (Westchester Knicks of the G-League), Kalif Young (Bayreuth, Germany) and Trae Bell Haynes (Buducnost, Montenegro), among the best known.

The list is completed by Kenny Chery (Petkim Spor, Turkey); Kadre Gray (A Coruña, Spain); Kaza Kajami Keane (Le Mans, France); Conor Morgan (Slask Wroclaw, Poland), Prince Oduro (Korihait, Finland); Lloyd Pandi (Darussafaka, Turkey); Chad Posthumus (Ottawa Black Jacks, Canada, and via Argentino de Junín, in 2015) and Jackson Rowe (Bayreuth, Germany).

The positions of Group F of the American qualifiers for the FIBA ​​​​​​World Cup 2023, before the last window.  Instagram photo @fibawc

The positions of Group F of the American qualifiers for the FIBA ​​​​​​World Cup 2023, before the last window. Instagram photo @fibawc

The matches of the sixth window

Thursday 23 February

Group E:

Venezuela-Bahamas. At 20:10, in Caracas.

Panama-Dominican Republic. At 21:10, in Panama.

Argentina-Canada. At 21:40, in Mar del Plata.

Group F:

Brazil-Puerto Rico. At 19:30, in Santa Cruz do Sul.

Uruguay-United States. At 21:10, in Montevideo.

Colombia-Mexico. At 21:10, in Medellin.

Sunday 26 February

E group

Argentina-Dominican Republic. At 21:10, in Mar del Plata.

​​Venezuela-Canada. At 21:10, in Caracas.

Panama-Bahamas. At 21:10, in Panama.

F group

Brazil-United States. At 21:10, in Santa Cruz do Sul.

Uruguay-Mexico. At 21:10, in Montevideo.

Colombia-Puerto Rico. At 21:10, in Medellin.

Source: Clarin

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