Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic join Montenegro in securing World Cup places

Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Montenegro clinched their places at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup on Monday.

Gary Browne (16 points) guided Puerto Rico past Uruguay 65-61 to claim third place in Group E.

That group was topped by the United States, who sealed first place with a thrilling 84-83 win over Argentina thanks to Reggie Hearn's buzzer-beater.

The Dominican Republic also reached the showpiece tournament despite suffering a 71-63 loss to Brazil.

After Uruguay's defeat, they were the best fourth-placed team in the second round in the Americas.

Earlier on Monday, Montenegro claimed the 12th and final spot from the European section of qualifying, becoming the smallest nation to ever reach the tournament.

Having beaten Latvia by nine points earlier in the groups, Montenegro needed only to avoid losing by that margin to advance, and they just managed it by way of an 80-74 defeat.

Latvia had the chance to snatch qualification for themselves but in the final seconds Dairis Bertans missed with a three-pointer, sparking scenes of jubilation in Podgorica.

Qualified teams:

Angola, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia.

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, USA, Venezuela.

China (host), Australia, Iran, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, New Zealand, Philippines.

Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Turkey.

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