Puerto Rico had to overcome a significant point disadvantage but managed to surpass the determined newcomer, South Sudan, in the opening match of the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup, securing a 101-96 victory in overtime in Group B. During the game, four Puerto Rican players achieved double-doubles.
A joint effort led Puerto Rico to triumph, with Tremont Waters playing a pivotal role throughout. He garnered 19 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Additionally, Stephen Thompson (21 points and 13 rebounds), George Conditt (18 points and 11 rebounds), and Ismael Romero (16 points and 12 rebounds) secured double-doubles, contributing to the victory.
“We have a couple of things to work out – turnovers on my part,” Tremont Waters said. “I already apologised to the team. Being the guy with the ball most of the team, they continue to trust me.
“So I have to get better at that. But overall we did a great job staying together. The last month has taught about that. If we hadn’t learned it yet, we learned that tonight.”
Check out Tremont Waters TCL Player Of The Game during the South Sudan and Puerto Rico Game at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023: