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J.J. Barea leads Puerto Rico in victory and defeat

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Puerto Rico began the FIBA Americas Championship with a loss to perennial powerhouse Argentina by a tally of 91-86. Dallas Maverick J.J. Barea led Puerto Rico offensively, racking up a double-double (20 points and 10 assists) in only 24 minutes of playing time.

Puerto Rico rebounded from their loss against Argentina the following day by demolishing the Cubans by a score of 91-61. Once again, Barea led Puerto Rico offensively, putting up 19 points while shooting 7-of-12. He added six assists and four rebounds while only seeing 20 minutes of playing time.

Puerto Rico plays its third game in as many days when it takes on Venezuela Wednesday evening. It has Thursday off and then concludes the preliminary round on Friday against Canada.