Cuba celebrates victory in Copa America 2025 qualifier

Cuba celebrates victory in Copa America 2025 qualifier

HAVANA, February 25   The Cuban men’s basketball team gave a dazzling performance in the first window of the AmeriCup 2025 qualifying group D, defeating the United States 81-67 at home.Before the amazement of around 4,000 spectators gathered at the Havana Sports City Coliseum, the island’s quintet outplayed the creators of the sport from start to finish and avenged the setback suffered last Thursday in Florida (100-79), in the most prestigious basketball competition in America.

“We put a lot of emphasis on physical preparation to be able to defend. That was the key and another very important point was the effectiveness in free throws,” Cuban DT Onel Planas told the press.

With a tight defense and better efficiency than their opponents, Planas’ men dominated in most collective aspects, including field and free throws, the latter with an astonishing 88 percent efficiency.

Pedro Bombino (19 points) and captain Jasiel Rivero (11 points and 9 rebounds) carried the weight of the island’s squad, which had not won against a US team since the Pan American Games in Cali-71.

Now the all-time series between the two sides is 22-2 in favor of the Americans.