Puerto Rico and Mexico have claimed their first wins in the men’s competition at the 2017 Americas Cup in Cali after overcoming Costa Rica and hosts Colombia respectively.
Carlos Martinez top scored for Puerto Rico with 16 points as they beat Costa Rica 69-14 in their Group A clash at the Evangelista Mora Coliseum.
Michael Thompkins chipped in with 13 points, while Kermit Vazquez amassed a total of 12.
Mexico, meanwhile, defeated Colombia 78-56 to get themselves off the mark in Group B.
Salvador Sandoval hit 26 points to lead the Mexicans’ scoring.
Johan Vargas topped Colombia’s charts with 16 points.
Today’s other match in Group A saw Argentina claim a 75-40 win over Venezuela.
They will now go onto battle Canada for top spot with the two teams due to face each other tomorrow.
Argentina’s scoring came from across the board with captain Adolfo Berdun leading the way on 13 points
Cristian Gomez and Adrián Jesús Pérez managed 11 points each, as did Venezuela’s top scorer Ricardo Reyes.
The opening Group B match of the day pitted Brazil against Uruguay with the former coming out 92-19 victors.
Victory preserves Brazil’s undefeated record and sets up a show down against the United States for first place tomorrow.
Five players were in double figures for Brazil with top scorer Irio Nunes racking up 17 points.
Daniel Martinez led Uruguay's charts with seven points.
The top four men’s teams will secure their place at next year’s International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships, scheduled to take place in German city Hamburg.
The one-group women’s competition also continued today as Brazil confirmed their place in the semi-finals with a 59-29 win over Colombia.
Brazil’s Vileide Almeida and Geisiane Maia contributed 14 and 10 points respectively, while Gladys Gomez top scored for Colombia with 19.
In the first women’s game of the day, the US bounced back from their defeat against Canada to beat Argentina 64-38.
Desiree Miller hit 18 points for the Americans, while team-mates Lindsey Zurbrugg and Zoe Voris both scored double figures with 15 and 11 points respectively.
Leading the scoring for Argentina was Silvia Linari with 12 points and five rebounds.
Action in Cali is due to continue tomorrow.