United States-Venezuela game suspended due to rain leaks

2022-09-05 04:47

The USA-Venezuela match in the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup was postponed at halftime after rain leaks at the gym. The game will be resumed Tuesday afternoon with the U.S leading 48-21.

Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

The United States-Venezuela game in the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup was postponed at halftime with the U.S. leading the way, 48-21.

Heavy rain caused multiple leaks inside the Geraldo Magalhaes Sports Gymnasium (Recife, Brazil), prompting officials to determine that the game could not be resumed safely.

It'll resume Tuesday afternoon, FIBA announced, which means the Americans will have to play on three consecutive days as they try to qualify for the quarterfinals.

Venezuela and the U.S. both have what were to be their final group-stage games scheduled for Monday.

FIBA allowed Sunday's later Group B games at the same arena to be played 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 crucial 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 need at least one win in their three group games, and possibly two victories, to make the quarterfinal round that starts later this week.

Mexico (2-0) likely clinched a quarterfinal berth earlier Sunday by topping Panama (0-2).

Craig Sword had 12 points in the first half for the U.S., and 11 of the 12 Americans had scored by the time play was halted.

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