We have witnessed a great turn around in the FIBA Basketball World Cup where hosts have been knocked out of the tournament and China has come to standstill. Yes, you heard right Venezuela has knocked out China in their do or die encounter and advanced to next round of the tournament. Venezuela won Group A must-win game against China by 72-59.
In the history of FIBA Basketball World Cup, this was the first time when Venezuela has moved to the second round of the tournament. In past, they finished their tournament at 11th position, 14th and 21st position in 1990,2002 and 2006 respectively. So for them, it is a bigger achievement even if they don’t win the World Cup this time around too.
Heisler Gullient was the highest scorer from both the sides with a score of 15 points whereas his partners Lewis, Vargas and Colmenares scored in double figures in the game too. This trio played a crucial part in registering the win against the hosts and move to the second round of the tournament. For hosts, Fang Shuo was the best player of the match with a score of 13 points in the entire game.
If someone wants to point out a turning point of the game between China and Venezuela then definitely it had to be the moment when Colmenares and Bethelmy scored consecutive three-pointers and from there on Venezuela went on to score 72 points to win the do or die encounter.
With the win against China ensured that Venezuela moves to the second round of the tournament. Venezuela won the two consecutive games to advance in the second round where they will be up against Argentina and Russia in the Group 1.
On the other side, the hosts have been knocked out of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 and will be playing the classification round of the tournament against Korea and Nigeria