RECIFE, Brazil — US Basketball needed a win on Sunday at the AmeriCup tournament and is on its way to making it happen.
That is, until it rains.
America’s match against Venezuela was postponed at halftime with the US leading 48-21. Heavy rain caused several leaks inside the Geraldo Magalhães Sports Gymnasium, prompting officials to determine that matches could not safely resume.
Hours after the match was suspended, FIBA said the fight was “postponed due to technical difficulties in the arena. A resolution of the game will be communicated in the next few hours, at which time a rescheduled date and time will be announced.”
Venezuela and the US both have their final group stage matches scheduled for Monday.
FIBA allowed Sunday’s next match at the same arena between the Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands to start as scheduled and said Argentina’s final match against Puerto Rico would be played as planned.
The Venezuela match is crucial for the US, who entered Group C playing Sunday with a 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 wins, to make it to the quarter-finals which kick off this weekend.
Mexico (2-0) clinched their quarter-final spot the previous Sunday by beating Panama (0-2).
The Americans gave up the first basket of the game then continued their 18-2 run and only continued to add to the lead. The US shot 56% in the first half, compared to 33% for Venezuela, and led 24-0 in points from a 3-point gap.
Craig Sword had 12 first-half points for the US, and 11 of the 12 Americans had scored by the time play was stopped.