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10 August 2015

Day 2 recap of Parapan Ams from Toronto

Photo courtesy Khristel Stecher

By Nathan Bragg @WheelNbragg


Day 2 of the Parapan Am Games saw more blowouts, as Canada and the United States continued their strong form, while Argentina notched their first win.


Canada 76 vs. Colombia 32
In the day’s first match, Canada dominated Colombia from the opening tip and cruised to a 44-point victory with a final score of 76 to 32. The Canadians once again used their depth to their advantage as all twelve players saw the floor. Colombia’s Jhon Orozco was the game’s top scorer with 20 goals. Despite the difference in score it was a very physical game, as noted by Canadian David Wilsie,


“We can’t take anything for granted, we play chair position, we have to hit them harder than they hit us.”
Colombia will look to put this one behind them as they prepare to play Brazil next. Canada’s next opponent is 20th ranked Argentina.


Argentina 53 Chile 14
Argentina bounced back from their loss to the United States by recording a blowout 53 to 14 over Chile. Argentina’s defence held Chile to a mere 3 goals in the first half. The one-two punch of Herrera and Cardozo did most of the damage for Argentina racking up 28 goals in a game where all of the Argentineans saw the floor. For Chile, these games will serve as a learning experience as they continue to develop. Chile’s next match is against the United States.


United States 62 Brazil 27
Both Brazil and the Unites States started the game strong and traded goals in the early minutes, however early in the 2nd quarter the United States shifted to another gear and never slowed down.
The United States’ Seth McBride said an increase in pressure was part of their strategy.


“We always want to sort of, ratchet up our intensity as the game goes on and as the tournament goes.”

The United States’ advantage in speed, depth and experience were too much for Brazil to handle. Josh Wheeler led the United States with 12 goals in 12 minutes. Alexandre Giuriato led Brazil with 12 goals. Brazil will be happy to be finished with the North Americans in round robin plan as they prepare to face their South American rivals in upcoming games.


Top 5 Goal Scorers
Name               Country                  Goals scored

Zak Madell        Canada                     44
Jhon Orozco.     Colombia                  32
Fabien Lavoie    Canada                     32
Eric Newby        United States            24
Matias Cardozo  Argentina                  21


 Live webcast of today's games resume at 1700 EDT and can be watched at www.IWRF.com