Nestor Garcia on Karl-Anthony Cities: “He is the very best participant of the event”

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The Dominican Republic star Karl-Anthony Cities confronted challenges with fouls throughout an important match. However, regardless of this setback, the Dominican Republic staff achieved a major milestone. They turned the primary staff from Group A to safe a spot within the Second Spherical of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. Their development was marked by a hard-fought victory towards Angola, culminating in a rating of 75-67.

The driving pressure behind this triumph was Andres Feliz, who led the Caribbean staff with a powerful 17-point contribution. This matchup marked a historic first encounter between these two groups, and the Dominican Republic’s success propelled them to an unbeaten 3-0 document within the group stage. In distinction, Angola’s document dropped to 1-2 following this defeat.

Notably, Karl-Anthony Cities encountered vital challenges early within the sport. Inside the preliminary 4 minutes of play, he accrued three fouls, limiting his effectiveness on the court docket. Because of this, his scoring was restricted to eight factors, and his affect was restricted all through three-quarters of the sport.

“We’re very joyful as a result of we completed within the first place in a troublesome, powerful group,” Dominican Republic coach Nestor ‘Che’ Garcia stated. “My gamers give their all. We’re not only one participant. He (Cities) is the chief, for me he’s the very best participant of the event.

“Additionally due to the best way he has acted with the staff. Once we performed with out him, the staff made lots of effort. We respect Angola as a result of they’re the very best offensive rebounding staff right here. They’re very aggressive, very athletic. They wish to qualify. This was a really troublesome sport. We’re within the prime 16.

“This was our first aim – attempt to go to the following spherical. After which we’ll see. The World Cup may be very troublesome. I like this man (Cities) as a result of he’s attempting to regulate to the completely different guidelines. He’s right here and joyful every single day. My gamers battle. Now we have a giant likelihood to step up. Now we have overcome lots of conditions. So I’m actually actually joyful.”

Watch the sport highlights between Angola and the Dominican Republic within the First Spherical of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023: