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Mexico, Puerto Rico win big on Day 1 of FIBA U17 Boys CentroBasket Championship trampling El Salvador, Jamaica

Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2023. 2:41 pm CST.

Juan Muñoz led Mexico to victory over El Salvador. Photo Credit: FIBA

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: While Belize beat Panama 78-67 and the Dominican Republic trounced Costa Rica 102-51 on opening day of the FIBA Boys Under 17 CentroBasket Championship, Puerto Rico trampled Jamaica 102-54 and Mexico crushed El Salvador 99-48.

Isaiah Emanuel Brown led the defending champions Puerto Rico with 22 points, five rebounds, five steals and one block. Jamaica’s Triston McDonald was the top scorer for his team with 17 points to go along with three rebounds, one assist, and one steal.

Puerto Rico had a clear advantage in rebounding, grabbing 53 boards to Jamaica’s 36. They also forced 28 turnovers from their opponents while giving up only 17.

Isaiah Emanuel Brown scored 22 points for defending champions Puerto Rico in 102-54 victory over Jamaica. (Photo Credit: FIBA)

Mexico also had a strong start, leading from the beginning against El Salvador. Juan Muñoz was the leader for Mexico with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals, and a block.

El Salvador’s best player was Andrés Serrano, who had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds. He also added three assists and two steals.

 

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