Basketball: Mexico will face Colombia with the World Cup in sight

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The Mexico national team will visit this Thursday in Medellín Colombia in a match for the Americas qualifier that will be decisive in their aspiration to qualify for the basketball world cupwhich will take place from August 25 to September 10, 2023, in Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines.

If the Aztec representative, who is risking all his chances in the sixth and last window, wants to attend the orbital appointment, which he did not attend in 2019, he is obliged to beat Colombia already Uruguay this Sunday; both duels away.

With six games won and four lost, the Mexicans occupy fourth place in the Group F of the Americas qualifiers with 16 points. And if they want to depend on themselves they must finish in third place, otherwise they will have to wait to be the best fourth place in the qualifiers.

For those led by Omar Quinterothe outlook in the qualifying round was complicated by the 102-56 defeat on November 14 in Chihuahua against Brazil, which took advantage of the lack of aim and the local losses.

At the commitment with Colombia at the Iván Bedout Coliseum in Medellín, Mexico arrives with a base of 14 players, including the captain Gabriel Giron Jr.former NBA player Jorge Gutierrez, Paul Stoll and Francisco 'Pako' Cruzleaders of the Tri for several years, as well as young people like Gael Bonilla and Victor Valdes.

Quintero declared prior to the duel against the 'coffee growers'.

These are the most important 80 minutes of our lives, we can change the course of basketball in Mexico. There will be two finals.

Omar Quintero (left).

On August 25, the Mexicans were surprised by Colombia, who managed to take a 20-point lead, but recovered with a brilliant Brian Angola, who will also be in Medellín, and a 93-89 victory took him on his visit.

For its part, the motivations of the Colombian team, last in Group F and with no chance of qualifying for the World Cup, are different in the last window. He will go for two wins at home, the last one will be on Sunday against Puerto Rico, with the purpose of staying in the top 10 of the American ranking, thinking of a historic repechage to the Olympic Games.

Before El Tri, the coffee growers will have important absences such as Hansel Atencia, Tonny Trocha and Jaime Echeniqueand it is between cotton Juan Diego Tellomaximum reference of the Colombian team, after suffering a blow to the left knee during a game with his team Libertadores de México in the Champions League Americas.

In the other matches in zone F, Brazil will face Puerto Rico and Uruguay will face the United States. For Group E will be the matches Venezuela-Bahamas, Argentina-Canada and Panama-Dominican Republic.

(With information from EFE)

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