Ciudad Juárez.- The men’s basketball team of the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) advanced to the quarterfinals at the National Universiade, after beating the Technological Institute of Sonora (Iston) on Wednesday 84-77.
The game was played before a large crowd at the University Gymnasium of the UACJ, and the first half was dominated by the visitors, who left with a 9-point lead at halftime.
But with the support of the people and with the obligation to win to stay alive in the tournament, the Indios de la UACJ scored 27 points in the third quarter to turn the score around, and in the last period they only allowed 12 points from the Colts to finish winning 84-77.
The player with the most points for the Indios was Adrián Castrejón, who added 30. Juan Flores scored 23 points, Julián Torres scored 17, Juan Pablo Martínez 11, Sergio León 2 and Ibrahim Coronado added 1. Adrián Castrejón was also the rebounding leader with 15 total.
The UACJ won two games and lost one, but it was enough to advance to the quarterfinal round that starts this Thursday, May 26, with a rival yet to be defined.
After the game the player Juan Flores gave his impressions:
“From the beginning we knew that it would be very difficult, but we took the game out; The first thing was to order the defense, and that’s what happened.”
The support of the Juarez fans was felt at all times, pressuring the rival and encouraging their team:
“It’s very important, we have to make the house feel, it’s good that they came and hopefully tomorrow they will do it too because it will be even more difficult, it’s win or die, we can’t trust each other,” he concluded.
The quarter-final round starts tomorrow, the semi-finals this Friday and the medal matches on Saturday.