Guaiqueríes de Margarita got rid of the thorn of the previous day and beat Cocodrilos de Caracas this Friday 74-83 in the United Nations Park.
This win, the first for the Swamp Islanders since 2015, levels the series at one win a side.
From the jump between two, the two teams started wrong in the offensive. More than two and a half minutes elapsed for the first goals to fall, from the line of three through José Ascanio.
Guaiqueríes won the first quarter by five points (10-15).
In the following period, the local team managed to discount, but O'Darien Bassett - coming off the bench - allowed Guaiqueríes to close the first half up 30-37.
After halftime, the strong defense of Guaiqueríes did their thing with great interventions by Luis Carrillo (three blocks) and Heissler Guillent made his contribution so that Margarita extended her lead to 45-62.
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At the end of the duel, Caracas came dangerously close and came to be only six points behind Guaiqueríes (70-76) with 54.2 seconds to go. But some lighting problems delayed the commitment and after the resumption Guaiqueríes was the best.
Melvin Johnson came out with everything to seal the insular victory 74-83. And he finally finished as the most outstanding with 14 points, 4 rebounds and an assist.
Heissler Guillent and José Ascanio, meanwhile, added 13 points each.
For Crocodiles, Luis Montero had 18 boards, 14 rebounds and 5 assists.
The series resumes on Margarita next Monday.