Venezuelan Has Plenty of Scoring Punch

Oscar Torres scored 24 points against the Pacers in his last visit to Indianapolis.

The Venezuelan basketball team will play in the World Championship this fall thanks in a big part to it’s heart, soul and captain, Victor Diaz.

Diaz, who averaged a team-high 23.6 points per game on 33-of-60 (.550) shooting from the field, along with 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, helped deliver Venezuela a 106-92 victory over Panama in the fifth-place game in the Championship of the Americas, which gave it a spot in the World Championship.

Richard Jose Lugo offers-up the other half of Venezuela’s lethal inside-outside combination. In the Championship of the Americas, Lugo averaged 17.4 points while snagging 9.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.

Venezuela has many contributors on the offensive end of the floor. Five players, including Diaz and Lugo averaged double figures in scoring.

One such player is Oscar Torres of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. Torres is the third-leading scorer on Venezuela’s roster, averaging 12.7 points per game. During the Championship of the Americas, Torres connected on 17-of-28 shots from the field.

The last time Torres played in Conseco Fieldhouse, he scored a team-high 24 points and collected seven rebounds as his Rockets dropped a 108-106 overtime decision to the Indiana Pacers on December 13.

Making sure the Venezuela offense doesn’t ‘drop the ball’ is point guard Diego Guevara. Guevara scored 12.3 points while dishing out 4.6 assists and snatching a team-high 1.8 steals per game.

Rounding out the major scoring threats on this team is former NBA Player Carl Herrera. Herrera played a majority of his career with the Rockets, as well as the San Antonio Spurs. In the Championship of the Americas, Herrera scored 12.3 points per game and grabbed an average of 4.6 rebounds per contest.

With all this firepower, it is no wonder that Venezuela averaged a scorching 93.3 points per game as a team in the Championship of the Americas. It is also a reason for oppositions to be weary of Venezuela as it enters the World Championship this fall.

Venezuela will play preliminary round games against New Zealand, Russia and Argentina in Pool D. Its first game will be played on August 29 against Argentina in Conseco Fieldhouse. On August 30, Venezuela will play New Zealand in the RCA Dome. Venezuela will end its preliminary round competition against Russia on August 31 in the RCA Dome.