The 2022 FIBA AmeriCup USA-Venezuela game has been postponed to halftime after rain leaks at the gymnasium. The match resumes Tuesday afternoon with the United States leading 48-21.
The 2022 FIBA AmeriCup USA-Venezuela match was postponed to halftime with the USA leading, 48-21.
Heavy rain caused multiple leaks inside the Geraldo Magalhaes sports gymnasium (Recife, Brazil), prompting officials to determine that the match could not safely resume.
It will resume on Tuesday afternoon, FIBA said, meaning the Americans will have to play three consecutive days as they try to qualify for the quarter-finals.
Venezuela and the United States both have what was to be their final group stage match scheduled for Monday.
FIBA has cleared Sunday’s final Group B matches in the same arena to be played as scheduled. The Dominican Republic (1-1) beat the Virgin Islands (0-2) and Argentina (2-0) beat Puerto Rico (1-1).
The game against Venezuela is crucial for the United States, which entered Group C on Sunday 0-1 after falling to Mexico in Friday’s opener. The Americans will need at least one win in their three group matches, and possibly two wins, to advance to the quarter-finals which begin later this week.
Mexico (2-0) likely clinched a quarter-final berth earlier on Sunday by beating Panama (0-2).
Craig Sword had 12 points in the first half for the United States, and 11 of 12 Americans had scored by the time play was stopped.