Puerto Rico lost its first Centrobasket game against Trinidad & Tobago due to its total lack of defense against a T&T team that didn't have anything to lose. Carlos Arroyo had 24 points and PJ Ramos and Renaldo Balkman had 17 each but no one else showed up. 16 of 29 at the free throw line, 32 rebounds to T&T's 46 total (including 18 offensive rebounds) and 18 turnovers by PR made it very hard for them to overcome. The rebound department was crucial, PJ Ramos and Balkman each had 9 each (which isn't much) but Ricky Sanchez had 1 rebound and Nathan Peavy had 3 (which isn't much help). Filiberto Rivera and JJ Barea had 9 points each while playing 28 and 34 mins respectively. On the other hand David Huertas played only 15 mins and had 6 points and 3 rebounds (which is decent for so little time). Also, no one was making the 3 point shots but James Life (which is a long range specialist) only got 1 min of playing time. I think Manolo Cintron did not coach a good game.
Anything less than winning the gold undefeated in centrobasket is a failure.
Congrats to trinidad.
Failure for the admninistration and confirmation of failure from the coach.
Lets see what is the excuse from Manolo. I wish someone with vision fired manolo before the cycle, now they cant get rid of him.
They are gonna wait until we underperform on the WC to fire him. By then it will be too late. We have a good team for WC, we should not let him ruin it.
This is like Joe Santiago coaching Cotto, wish people would learn from others mistakes.
FEDERATION what's up. Losing against mexico, uruguay and now trinidad tobago. Manolo needs help and he needs it now. He needs to go home.
He has not had a steady job in BSN for a couple of years do to his incompetence, the team owners know it but the federation does not??
I dont think manolo makes it past the WC... by then it will be too late!!!!!!!!
Wake up federation, beltran and diaz.
Carlos Beltran pres of the Basketball federation of PR some key points:
1. Miscalculation of Goal average for 2nd WC in a row.
2. Manolo Cintron is the definition of mediocrity and is trash. He is fired often, and sometimes can't get a job in BSN.
3. FBPR left some of the players without return tickets out of Turkey. Players found out when they got to the airport. And had to pay their own tickets.
4. 5 yr ago we were 6th in the world, after the WC we are lucky if 16th.