The Dominican Republic got off to a good start in the second round of the FIBA Americas Championship defeated Panama 92-68 but it didn't come without a price. Point guard Edgar Sosa was lost for the tournament after suffering a horrific broken leg in the final moments of the game.
The Dominicans used a 31 point third quarter to springboard themselves to the victory. Luis Flores finished with a team-high 17 points. Francisco Garcia chipped in 15 points while Atlanta's Al Horford finished with 12 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Charlie Villanueva had his most productive game of the tournament with 13 points going 3 for 6 from three point range. Before his injury, Sosa chipped in 13 points and eight assists.
Danilo Pinnock scored a game-high 23 points and dished out four assists for Panama. Ruben Garces added 17 points and 12 rebounds. Jaime Lloreda chipped in 13 points but was just 4 for 16 from the field.
The Dominican Republic continues their quest for an Olympic berth tomorrow when they take on Uruguay at 1 p.m.