RECIFE, Brazil — USA Basketball wanted a win Sunday at the AmeriCup match and was properly on the best way to creating that occur.
That is, till it rained.
The Americans’ game towards Venezuela was postponed at halftime with the U.S. main 48-21. Heavy rain induced a number of leaks contained in the Geraldo Magalhães Sports Gymnasium, prompting officers to find out that the game couldn’t be resumed safely.
It’ll resume Tuesday afternoon, FIBA mentioned, which implies the Americans should play on three consecutive days as they attempt to qualify for the quarterfinals.
Venezuela and the U.S. each have what had been to be their closing group-stage video games scheduled for Monday.
FIBA allowed Sunday’s later Group B video games at the identical area to be performed as scheduled. The Dominican Republic (1-1) beat the Virgin Islands (0-2), and Argentina (2-0) downed Puerto Rico (1-1).
The Venezuela game is essential for the U.S., which entered Group C play Sunday with an 0-1 mark after falling to Mexico in Friday’s opener. The Americans will want at least one win of their three group video games, and presumably two victories, to make the quarterfinal spherical that begins later this week.
Mexico (2-0) probably clinched a quarterfinal berth earlier Sunday by topping Panama (0-2).
The Americans gave up the game’s first basket then went on an 18-2 run and solely stored including to the lead. The U.S. shot 56% within the first half, in contrast with 33% for Venezuela, and held a 24-0 lead in factors from 3-point vary.
Craig Sword had 12 factors within the first half for the U.S., and 11 of the 12 Americans had scored by the point play was halted.