Day 4 recap - Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games
by Nathan Bragg
The higher ranked teams continued their winning ways on Tuesday, as Canada, the United States and Brazil all won by large margins against overmatched opposition.
Brazil 63 Argentina 37
On Tuesday, Brazil made a statement and booked their place in the semi-finals. The large crowd at the Mississauga Sports Centre was treated to a defensive clinic as Brazil forced Argentina to use all their floor timeouts in the first quarter and never quit applying pressure.
Alexandre Giuriato and Juan Herrera led their respective teams with 14 goals apiece and both teams gave their reserves extended minutes. The Brazilian bench was a key factor in the victory as Coach Luis Pena was able to keep everybody fresh. Argentinas Juan Herrera once again struggled with his ball security committing seven turnovers. With wins over their two closest rivals, Brazil’s is peaking into form at the right time and has established themselves as the favorite for the bronze medal.
Canada 67 Chile 11
It was another tough day for Chile in Toronto as they had to face the reigning Paralympic and World silver medalists. Canada jumped on Chile early, going on a 13-0 run to start the game. Coach Kevin Orr shuffled lines throughout the game, even going under points at times and giving his low-pointers plenty of action, showcasing their versatility and skill. The largely Canadian crowd showed up in force and really got behind both teams.
Chile’s captain Juan Rodriguez Reyes said the team has learned many lessons in Toronto:
“We’ve only been playing for a year and we’ve learned we have to have betterspeed, better fitness and better tactics,” he said.
“We don’t get crowds in South America, so this is incredible and inspires us to work hard,” said Rodriguez Reyes about the crowds at the Mississauga Sports Centre.
After the match Chile unveiled a banner to the crowd that said “Defeats Inspires us to keep working,” while they haven’t yet won a game on court, the Chileans have definitely been victorious off it. Fabien Lavoie led the Canadians with 11 goals.
United States 72 Colombia 25
The United States got another blowout victory, this time at the expense of Colombia. Defence has been the Americans speciality throughout the Parapan Am Games and it continued tonight. They racked up steals and forced Colombia into turnovers on the majority of possessions which made scoring that much easier. Coach James Gumbert, once again gave playing time to each of his 12 players.
Colombia’s leading scorer going into the game, Jhon Orozco didn’t receive much playing time as Moises Alonso Alvarez saw the bulk of the minutes at the number one spot. USA's Clayton Brackett led all scorers with 15 goals.
Top 5 Scorers
3.0 Fabien Lavoie (CAN) 62
3.5 Zak Madell (CAN) 62
3.5 Jhon Orozco (COL) 52
3.0 Clayton Brackett (USA) 46
3.0 Alexandre Giuriato (BRA) 45
Top 5 Turnovers
2.5 Juan Herrera (ARG) 27
2.0 Edgar Vanegas Cardona (COL) 27
2.0 Matias Cardozo (ARG) 26
3.5 Christian Madriaga (CHI) 22
2.0 Carlos Novoa (CHI) 22
Wednesday is a huge day in Toronto as Argentina will face Colombia and the USA will take on Canada. Starting out the last of the pool play games will be Chile vs. Brazil. Live action begins at 3:30 EDT with all games being streamed live at IWRF.com.
For complete scores and upcoming schedules follow this link http://www.iwrf.com/index.php?page=iwrf_news&id=429