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Dominican Republic defeats Panama to capture first win at FIBA Americas

Kenny Atkinson's Dominican Republic team captured its first win on Wednesday defeating Panama 83-66

The Dominican Republic finally broke through on Wednesday and captured their first victory at the 2015 FIBA Americas championship with an 83-66 win over Panama. The game was a back and forth contest with the Dominicans slamming the door in the fourth quarter behind a 19-5 run to end the game.

James Feldeine led the way with 16 points and five assists while Edgar Sosa added 11 points and six assists. Jose Lloreda led Panama with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

The win improves the prospects of the Dominican Republic advancing to the second substantially. They currently sit in second place of the Group A standings thanks to the total points tie breaker. Here is a look at the current standings heading into play on Thursday:

Team W L Pts Made Allowed
1. Mexico 2 0 4 150 124
2. Dominican Republic 1 2 4 214 221
3. Brazil 1 2 4 186 202
4. Uruguay 1 1 3 142 135
5. Panama 1 1 3 144 154

The Dominican Republic wraps up their first round schedule on Thursday against Uruguay in a game they really need to win if they hope to advance.

Dominican Republic First Round Schedule:

Monday, August 31
Dominican Republic 66, Mexico 84

Tuesday, September 1
Brazil 71, Dominican Republic 65

Wednesday, September 2
Dominican Republic 83, Panama 66

Thursday, September 3
Uruguay vs Dominican Republic - 12:50 p.m. ET WatchESPN