Guatemala edges Puerto Rico in quarterfinals
FORT MCMURRAY, Canada, May 19, 2017 - Guatemala advances to the
semi-finals of the U21 Pan American Cup (May 16 to 21), held at
the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre at Keyano College in Fort
Puerto Rico fell in this quarterfinal 2-3 (13-25, 25-22, 21-25,
25-22, 14-16), after a back and forth thrilling tie-break set.
It was the longest match of the tournament so far at one hour
and 36 minutes.
Reider Lucas, head coach of the Guatemalan side, was happy with
this hard-fought win.
“My guys knew they had to do their best and they did. Puerto
Rico was one of the favourite teams of the tournament,” he said.
“They’re taller and they played very well. My guys gave
everything they could to now be one the best four teams. That’s
a very good feeling. Tomorrow will be another day. Now I’m
really happy with this result.”
Wagner Chacon scored 21 points for the winning team, followed by
teammate Erik Flores with 18 (including three aces).
Pedro Molina of Puerto Rico topped all scoring with 28 points.
Angel Meléndez, Puerto
Rico’s head coach, said: “Guatemala showed a lot of character
today, so they deserve the win. We started slow and we made a
lot of silly mistakes that cost us the game.
Guatemala was just better than us today.”