United States-Venezuela match at AmeriCup postponed after rain leaks into gym

RECIFE, Brazil — USA Basketball needed a win at the AmeriCup tournament on Sunday and was well on track to make it happen.

That is, until it rained.

The Americans’ game against Venezuela was postponed at halftime with the US leading 48-21. Heavy rain caused multiple leaks at the Geraldo Magalhães Sports Gymnasium, leading the umpires to determine that the match could not be restarted safely.

Hours after the match was halted, FIBA ​​said the match had been “postponed due to technical issues in the arena. The resolution of the match will be communicated within hours, announcing a new date and time.”

Venezuela and the US both have their final group stage matches scheduled for Monday.

FIBA allowed a later game Sunday in the same arena between the Dominican Republic against the Virgin Islands to start as scheduled and said a late game between Argentina and Puerto Rico would be played as scheduled.

The game in Venezuela is crucial for the US, who play in Group C on Sunday with a 0-1 point after falling in Friday’s opener against Mexico. The Americans need at least one win in their three group matches, and possibly two wins, to make it to the quarter-final round starting later this week.

Mexico (2-0) secured a place in the quarterfinals earlier Sunday by beating Panama (0-2).

The Americans gave up the first basket, then went on an 18-2 run and only continued to extend the lead. The US shot 56% in the first half, compared to 33% for Venezuela, and held a 24-0 points lead from a 3-point range.

Craig Sword had 12 points in the first half for the US and 11 of the 12 Americans had scored by the time the game was interrupted.

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