USA Manhandles Israel, Glides Into Gold Medal Match
Written By Colin Whited
After cruising to a 5-0 record in a relatively easy pool in the preliminary competition and dismantling Russia yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team faced Israel in the semifinals, where a tough, physical game was expected.
As the Americans gathered for the pre-game pep talk, U.S. head coach Keith Westhoelter told his team to stay focused.
“Let winning take care of itself,” he said as he addressed his team. “All I’m asking is that you play your game today.”
Win is exactly what the Americans did, as they used a solid shooting performance to run away with a 112-63 victory over the Israelis.
As expected, the game started off physical, with the Israelis committing 14 fouls in the first half. The U.S. steadily held a 10-point advantage for most of the opening period before they started off the second quarter with a 20-2 run, extending their lead to 28. However, with three minutes remaining in the half and the U.S. leading 51-21, Israeli went on a run of their own, outscoring the Yanks 12-1 to go into intermission with a 19 point deficit.
That would be the closest the Israelis would get, for the Americans would use a 12-2 run to start the second half and never look back.
Josh Sisco (Spartanburg, S.C.) scored 19 points and added five rebounds, and Kevin Berrigan (Frederick, Md.) posted a solid all-around game with 17 points, nine rebounds and four assists to lead the Americans to the World Championship finals.
As has been the case the entire competition, the U.S. offense used a balanced scoring attack to overwhelm the opposition. In all, seven Americans scored in double figures. Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.) and Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.) hit a trio of treys apiece to score 13 and 12 points, respectively. Greg White (Centerville, Ohio) added 12 points and Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) and Alfred Wigley (Wichita, Kan.) each chipped in 10.
“The emphasis for us has been to play as a team,” Sisco said. “We spread the ball around today, and as a result, seven players scored in double figures. That’s textbook team basketball.”
The United States got a lift from a tournament-high 13 three pointers. Their ability to hit from beyond the arc spread the Israeli defense, which meant the U.S. had an easier time with dribble-drive penetration.
However, despite the strong offensive showing by the U.S., defense was the number one priority. The game plan for the Americans started with stopping dynamic point guard Shlomi Vaknin, one of the few Deaflympic veterans playing in the competition. Despite scoring 20 points to lead all scorers, Vaknin shot only 5/16 from the field and was held to only one assist.
“The goal today was to contain [Vaknin], and we were able to do that,” Berrigan explained afterwards. “When we abide by the game plan and succeed, things will work in your favor.”
The United States used their size and athleticism to out-rebound the Israelis 47-29 and hold them to 19/61 (31%) from the field. Israel turned the ball over 20 times, with the Americans coming up with 17 steals.
One of the highlights of the game came during the waning minutes of the second half. With the U.S. leading by 40, Nelson rebounded a Wigley miss and converted a ferocious put-back slam to bring the crowd to its feet.
The win places the United States in the gold medal match against international rival Lithuania. Lithuania was the last team to upstage the Americans, doing so in the 2007 World Championships in Guangzhou, China. However, the U.S. redeemed themselves by defeating the Lithuanians in the gold medal match 10 months ago in the Deaflympic Games in Taipei, Taiwan.
Earlier today, Lithuania secured a spot in the gold medal match by rallying against underdog Venezuela, winning the nail-biter 70-67.
When asked what the U.S. has to do to win gold, Sisco responded, without hesitation, “We have to continue to play with a team mentality. No one player can do it alone.”
“We’ve reached the final step of our journey in Lublin,” Westhoelter told his team. “And it’s a big one.”
USA – Sisco 19, Berrigan 17, McMillan 13, Crace 12, White 12, Nelson 10, Wigley 10, Bonheyo 9, Paulone 7, Grice 2, Fava 1.
Israel – Vaknin 20, Atlas 11, Korenfine 8, Zveniashvili 8, Tavdi 6, Korach 4, Aminov 3, Zeev 3, Abarbanel 0, Dekel 0, Krietchman 0, Urbach 0.
USA Smothers Russia 128-42, Advances to Semifinals vs. Israel
Written by Colin Whited
As the matchup between the United States and Russia drew near, United States head coach Keith Westhoelter had a message for his team.
“Take the medal round one game at a time,” Westhoelter said before the game, imploring them not to look ahead to a potential gold medal match against international nemesis Lithuania.
The players seemed to respond to Westhoelter, for in the quarterfinals of the 1st DIBF Under-21 World Basketball Championships in Lublin, Poland, the Americans once again proved to be too much of a juggernaut, steamrolling Russia 128-42 to advance to the semifinals.
The U.S. saw their best scoring game take place against the Russians, putting up 128 points on 52/81 (64%) from the field. They also had six players score in double-figures, with Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.), Gabriel Paulone (Fishers, Ind.), and Greg White (Centerville, Ohio) each scoring 19 points to lead the offensive output for the Americans.
Kevin Berrigan (Frederick, Md.), Alfred Wigley (Wichita, Kan.), and Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) joined Nelson, Paulone, and White in double figures with 13, 13, and 12 points, respectively.
“Scoring that many points is a sign of how our team is getting better every game,” Bonheyo said of the 86-point victory. He also pulled down nine rebounds to lead the Americans.
“It was a good start to the medal round for everyone. We set the tempo just the way we wanted,” added White, who also had five rebounds and 11 steals “You could see on our players’ faces before the game that we had the right mindset coming into the match-up against Russia.”
The defense of the U.S. wasn’t too shabby either. Thanks to the Yanks’ swarming 1-2-2 press, the game was never close. They were able to out-score Russia 41-8 in the opening period before taking a 72-18 lead into the locker room at halftime. By intermission, the U.S. had forced 21 turnovers and had 19 steals.
“I was pleased with our aggressiveness,” Westhoelter said of the American defense. “We were communicating effectively and going after the ball as well as I’ve seen the entire competition.”
For the game, the U.S. held the Russians to just 14/44 shooting (31%) and out-rebounded them 49-16. When the final horn sounded, the Americans had forced 32 turnovers and had a tournament-high 30 steals.
Bonheyo felt that the rebounding margin was something to be proud of.
“When you can limit your opponents to only 16 rebounds and grab 22 offensive boards, you gain such a manipulative advantage to where the tempo is basically in your hands,” he said. “At this point, it can get pretty frustrating for the opposition.”
After the game, everyone was greeting one another with “good games,” high-fives, and chest bumps, a sight that made White smile.
“We’re on the right track and we all are hungry—everyone is on the same page in terms of achieving our ultimate goal,” he said.
Tomorrow, the United States will take on upstart Israel, who has won five straight after losing their opening game to Lithuania 93-37.
“We cannot take them lightly,” White said when asked of the upcoming match against Israel. “We have to stay focused, and continue to play with a team mentality.”
USA – Nelson 19, Paulone 19, White 19, Berrigan 13, Wigley 13, Bonheyo 12, Fava 8, Grice 7, Sisco 7, McMillan 6, Crace 5.
Russia – Volosatov 15, Agababyan 11, Kolosov 4, Shein 3, Zlobin 3, Bolotov 2, Mityukov 2, Popkov 2, Belov 0, Semenyuk 0, Strlnikov 0, Vukolov 0.
Men’s Game #5 vs Poland
USA Handles Poland to Win Pool, Advance to Quarterfinals vs. Russia
Written by Colin Whited
In front of the largest crowd Globus Arena has seen this week, the United States Men’s basketball team used a stingy defensive effort to rout home-crowd favorite Poland 91-42 to win their pool with a 4-0 record in the 1st Deaf International Basketball Federation Under-21 World Championships in Lublin, Poland.
“I thought defense was the key for us today,” U.S. head coach Keith Westhoelter said afterwards. “We continue to improve day in and day out, and I like what I’ve seen up until this point.”
The strong defensive attack for the Americans forced 29 turnovers and limited Poland to 10/56 (17.8%) from the field. The Americans used their size to force the Polish into taking tough, contested shots in the paint and out-rebounded them 61-38.
However, it wasn’t always smooth sailing for the United States. The game started off sloppy, with USA turning the ball over on consecutive possessions. Despite outscoring Poland 26-8 in the opening period, they would soon find themselves being whistled for careless fouls and missing wide-open layups, which caused the U.S. to lose steam. This helped the Polish get the better of the Yanks, 20-17, in the second quarter.
At intermission, Westhoelter let his team know that he was disappointed with their effort.
“You are not playing USA basketball,” he told them. “I expect you go out there [in the second half] and play like you’re supposed to—like the best team in the world!”
It seems that the men responded, for they held Poland to without a field goal for the entire third quarter and won the battle of the boards 23-7. Instead making errant passes that were the norm in the first half, ball movement was quick, crisp and precise, and the U.S. finally looked like a well-oiled machine.
“We didn’t play as well as we could have in the first half,” Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) said after the game. “But when coach challenged us to play better, we rose to the occasion.”
Leading the offensive charge for the Americans was Gabriel Paulone (Fishers, Ind.), who scored 15 points on 7/10 from the field. Alfred Wigley (Wichita, Kan.) added 14 points, and Josh Sisco (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Greg White (Centerville, Ohio) each posted double-doubles, scoring 14 and 13 points and pulling down 10 and 12 boards, respectively. Todd Bonheyo was the fifth American to score in double figures, chipping in 10 points off the bench.
“When we first arrived here, we were a team of 1 individually talented players, but as we bought into our roles, we’ve become a team with one purpose, and that’s to win the gold,” Paulone explained after the game.
Nelson, who scored eight points, also was quick to mention that the U.S. is far from satisfied.
“It was great to win our pool, but our work here isn’t done,” he said.
Paulone also emphasized how Team USA’s mentality will be crucial.
“We have to stay focused on our ultimate goal,” he said. “We cannot stray from the mindset of donning that gold medal.”
The United States will have the day off tomorrow. On Thursday, they will play Russia, the fourth ranked team in Pool B, in the quarterfinals. Russia lost to Lithuania, the top-ranked team in Pool B, earlier today 125-46.
USA – Paulone 15, Sisco 14, Wigley 14, White 13, Bonheyo 10, Nelson 8, Fava 6, McMillan 6, Crace 4, Grice 1, Berrigan 0.
Poland – Inglot 21, Wania 5, Wudarczyk 5, Jankowski 3, Karnas 3, Swistowski 3, Nowak 2, Lebiedzinski 0, Pasicz 0, Ranosz 0, Sochor 0, Warchol 0.
United States Obliterates Great Britain to Improve to 4-0
Written by Colin Whited
In a game that was never expected to be close, the United States failed to disappoint, limiting Great Britain to two first half points en route to a 105-9 victory. The win places the Americans atop pool A with a 4-0 record.
“The objective today was to work on our weaknesses,” U.S. head coach Keith Westhoelter explained afterwards. “And I feel that we accomplished that.”
Right from the get-go, the Americans proved to be too strong for the under-sized Britons, out-scoring them 25-2 in the first quarter and shutting them out in the second period 31-0, taking a 56-2 lead into the locker room at intermission. Overall, the Yanks would force 35 turnovers and out-rebound Great Britain 47-22.
Kevin Berrigan (Frederick, Md.) led all scorers with 18 points and pulled down five rebounds, despite playing only 14 minutes, the fewest of Team USA.
After the game, he quoted the late John Wooden, saying, “Never mistake activity for achievement…yes, today wasn’t competitive, and it’s nothing to celebrate over either.”
Berrigan, who is always one to make historical allusions, also added, “It would be foolish for us to settle for what we’ve accomplished thus far.”
For most of the game, the source of offense for the U.S. came in transition. However, the success of the Americans was more than their ability to master the fastbreak.
The United States implemented a match-up zone after the first period, the first time they’ve used a defensive scheme other than man-to-man during the entire tournament. The Americans had first practiced it in a shoot-around before the game.
Westhoelter lauded the team’s effort with their zone, saying that he’s never seen such efficient communication with the match-up zone in such a limited time of practice.
“Usually when we first use the match-up, there are a few kinks,” Westhoelter said. “But with this group, the communication is as good as I’ve ever seen.”
In addition to Berrigan, leading the charge for the U.S. was Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.) and Gabriel Paulone (Fishers, Ind.), for they each poured in 14 points. Paulone also had five rebounds and five assists, and Greg White (Centeville, Ohio) added 12 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
The United States accomplished a goal of Westhoelter’s, moving the ball more effectively by dishing out 27 assists on 44 field goals. They shot 44-83 from the field (53%), including a tournament-high nine three-pointers made.
The Americans ended the third quarter with an 84-6 advantage. In a show of good sportsmanship, Westhoelter mandated that his team work the clock on every possession, not allowing a shot to be taken with more than five seconds remaining on the shot clock.
“Despite the game being a blow-out, we used today to work on the weaker aspects of our game,” said soft-spoken forward Tyler Crace (Westfield, Ind.), who was one of six Americans to score in double-figures with 11 points. “This way, we were able to gain confidence in the areas in which we needed improvement.”
Tomorrow, the United States will seek to secure the number one spot in their pool with a victory over home-country favorite Poland, who sports a 3-1 record despite losing to Venezuela 101-58 earlier today.
USA – Berrigan 18, McMillan 14, Paulone 14, White 12, Crace 11, Sisco 10, Wigley 8, Bonheyo 7, Fava 4, Nelson 4, Grice 3.
Great Britain –Graham 6, Mazija 3, Chang 0, Choutan 0, Halfpenny 0, Milner 0, Mustafa 0, Thompson 0, Yeo 0.
(Men’s Game #2 vs Ukraine) USA Cruises Against Ukraine
Written by Colin Whited
When the matchup between the United States and Ukraine Men’s basketball loomed, U.S. head coach Keith Westhoelter told his team not to take the Ukrainians lightly and preached poise.
“You must play within yourselves,” he told the team before the game.
At the end of the game, he had a reason to smile, for the Americans routed Ukraine 96-58 to go 2-0 in pool play.
For the second day in a row, the Americans used a balanced scoring attack and a stingy team defense to overwhelm the opposition.
USA held the Ukrainians to 19/64 shooting, had 23 steals while forcing 29 turnovers and limiting them to nine assists. They also won the battle on the boards 40-32 and blocked 10 shots.
“Coming into today’s game, we didn’t want to take [the Ukrainians] lightly,” said forward Greg White (Centerville, Ohio), who led all scorers with 17 points to go along with six rebounds. “We just went out and played our game.”
Joshua Sisco (Spartanburg, S.C.) and Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) each scored 16 and Gabriel Paulone (Fishers, Ind.) added 10 to lead the U.S. charge on the offensive end. Sisco also pulled down nine boards to lead the Americans.
The bench for the U.S. was excellent once again, scoring 43 points and grabbing 28 rebounds.
Westhoelter’s emphasis of a team mentality has apparently begun to sink in. After the game, when the stat sheet was available, White shrugged off mention of his scoring output. When asked what he meant by the gesture, White’s answer was as straight as an arrow.
“I couldn’t care less about statistics,” he said. “I want to do whatever I can to help us win—and by winning I mean going all the way and winning gold. That’s all I want to do.”
Forward Alfred Wigley (Wichita, Kan.), who scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds while coming off the bench, said afterwards that he thought everyone played well.
“It was great to see all the guys put in a lot of minutes,” he said. “We’ve gotten lot better since day one, and the bad news for our opponents is that we can be a hell of a lot better than we are now.”
The fact that the U.S. has the deepest roster in the competition is something that puts the American coaches at ease.
“I can’t emphasize enough how pleased I’ve been with the play of our bench,” Westhoelter said. “It is always comforting for a coach to see everyone contribute.”
Tomorrow the U.S. will take on Estonia, who lost to Venezuela today 106-80.
USA – White 17, Nelson 16, Sisco 16, Paulone 10, Wigley 10, Crace 9, Fava 7, McMillan 6, Berrigan 3, Grice 2, Bonheyo 0.
Ukraine – Stryzhevskyi 13, Katsaniuk 12, Didenko 5, Polkhykh 5, Melnychenko 4, Morpak 4, Parshikov 4, Kolisnyk 3, Akhmedov 2, Atamanchuk 2, Kukil 2, Raus 2.
USA Demolishes Estonia to Improve to 3-0
Written by Colin Whited
In a game that was never close, the U.S. Men’s Basketball Team continued to demonstrate their superiority after 100-39 shellacking of Estonia.
“We moved the ball around a lot better today,” U.S. head coach Keith Westhoelter said. “Passes were quick and sharp, which enabled us to get quick baskets in transition.”
For the third time in as many days, the Americans used a strong defensive showing to overwhelm their opponents. The Estonians were held to 12/63 from the field, including 4/35 from beyond the three-point line. The U.S. defense had 18 steals and forced 27 turnovers. The Americans also used their height advantage to their favor, out-rebounding Estonia 58-32.
Westhoelter said that he was pleased with the fact that the Yanks held Mihkel Taber to only 13 points on 3-20 shooting, one day after he scored 42 points against Venezuela.
“One of the objectives on our game plan was to contain him and we accomplished that,” he explained afterwards.
Forwards Greg White (Centerville, Ohio) and Josh Sisco (Spartanburg, S.C.) led all scorers with 18 points apiece, and they pulled down 7 and 6 rebounds, respectively.
17-year-old point guard Todd Bonheyo (Frederick, Md.) had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds after going scoreless in the first two games.
“Sometimes you have you have your days, sometimes you don’t,” Bonheyo explained afterwards. “Regardless of how many points you score, you should always look to contribute in any way you can, and that was my mentality going into today’s game.”
He also mentioned that with each game, the Americans are getting a lot better—quick.
“As a team, I think we’re getting closer to where we need to be to have a legit shot at running the table,” he added.
Despite the blowout, Westhoelter is still not satisfied with what the U.S. has accomplished thus far.
“We still need to shoot the three ball better and do a better job getting into our offensive sets,” he said. The Americans have shot 8/37 from beyond the arc over the last two games and at times have appeared to be out-of-sync on the scoring end.
After the game, Westhoelter emphasized that the team must continue to play with a team mentality and to keep in mind their goal of a gold medal.
“Each of you must remember to play for the letters on the front of your jerseys: U-S-A!” he said after the game.
Tomorrow the Americans will face Great Britain, a team that has struggled in the competition, losing games 34-85, 33-89, and 45-114.
Westhoelter, however, is asking his team not to take their foot off the gas.
“I know the Great Britain isn’t exactly the best team in the competition,” he said. “But I want us to continue to work and improve on the weaker aspects of our game.”
USA – White 18, Sisco 18, Bonheyo 10, Nelson 8, Paulone 8, Berrigan 7, Crace 7, McMillan 7, Wigley 7, Grice 6, Fava 4.
Estonia – Gerassimov 17, Taber 13, Krehov 5, Saar 3, Ots 1, Alvar 0, Arro 0, Luihka 0.
Novum Lublin Rallies to Defeat USA Men in Scrimmage
Written by Colin Whited
In their first dose of international competition as a team, the United States Men’s Under-21 squad started strong but finished flat against Novum Lublin, a basketball club located in Lublin, Poland, squandering a big lead before losing 81-82 at Mosir Lublin Gymnasium.
For the Americans, today’s warm-up game was an opportunity to get into game form and build chemistry, something that U.S. National Team Head Coach Keith Westhoelter considers to be of utmost importance. He seemed take this to heart, for all 11 players on the team put in substantial minutes.
In the first fifteen minutes, however, it did not seem as if they needed warming up, for the athleticism of the United States appeared to be too much for the host Rams. Using an effective 1-2-2 press, the Americans forced a number of turnovers and turned them into transition points. By five-minute mark of the second quarter, the U.S. found themselves leading 40-11. However, Novum Lublin used a 16-1 run to close out the half, getting itself back into the game trailing by 14.
After intermission, the U.S. could not regain the dominance it experienced in the early phases of the game. Novum Lublin used their height advantage to gradually chip away at the U.S. lead before taking it for the first time with two minutes remaining in the game, in large part due to untimely turnovers committed by the Americans.
“There were times when it didn’t seem as if everyone was on the same page, but that’s to be expected when a team has only had two practices together,” said point guard Kevin Berrigan (Frederick, Md.), who had four points while taking only two shots, but dished out eight assists to go along with five boards and three steals.
“However, every time we play together, we continue to get better as a team,” he added.
Despite the loss, U.S. coaches did not seem too concerned with the outcome.
“It wasn’t about winning or losing tonight,” Westhoelter said afterwards. “It was about everyone getting a feel for one another and preparing for the next ten days. Hopefully the guys will learn from this and use it as a tool as we go for the Gold.”
Leading the U.S. in scoring was 6’4” forward Greg White (Centerville, Ohio), who poured in 16 points to go along with four rebounds. Guard Brandon McMillan (Frederick, Md.) chipped in 12 points and swingmen Gabriel Paulone (Fishers, Ind.) and Raymond Nelson (Riverside, Calif.) each scored 11.
The U.S. will have one more full practice on Thursday morning and another scrimmage versus a Polish basketball club on Thursday evening before beginning pool play against Venezuela on Friday.
SCORE BY QUARTER
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Total
USA 24 19 17 21 0 81
Novum 11 16 22 33 0 82
USA – White 16, McMillan 12, Nelson 11, Paulone 11, Bonheyo 9, Crace 6, Berrigan 4, Fava 4, Sisco 4, Grice 2, Wigley 2.
NOVUM LUBLIN – Wisnielski 18, Ciechocinski 11, C. Jung 10, Mondel 10, Gospodarev 8, M. Jung 8, Karolak 7, Krysko 4, Beczek 2, Kusz 2, Pazozlod 2.
Big Second Quarter Leads to USA Rout of Venezuela
Written by Colin Whited
Before the United States Men’s Basketball Team took on Venezuela to begin their quest for an Under-21 World Championship, head coach Keith Westholeter had a message for his team.
“Stay focused, and don’t take [Venezuela] for granted.”
In the U.S.’s first dose of official competition at the 1st U-21 World Championships in Lublin, Poland, they took Westhoelter’s words to heart, outscoring the Venezuelans 26-8 in the second quarter en route to a 101-59 victory.
The final score, however, doesn’t indicate how close the game was in the beginning. The scrappy and quick-handed Venezuela squad used a full court press to force the Americans into early turnovers, jumping out to a 10-2 advantage in the first four minutes of the game. The first quarter ended with the Venezuelans up by two, 22-20.
“We were victimized by first-game jitters in the first quarter,” Westhoelter said. “Once we were able to settle down and start pushing the ball up the floor, good things started to happen.”
As soon as the U.S. was able to establish itself in the open court, they broke open the game. This in large part came as a result of an effective bench. One of the contributors off the bench was 6’4” forward Josh Sisco (Spartanburg, S.C.), who scored 14 points on 7-10 from the field to go along with five rebounds in only 11 minutes of action.
“When I came into the game, I was overcome by a sense of patriotism,” Sisco said after the game. “This made me say to myself, ‘I’ve got to take advantage of every minute I play for my country.’”
Using a balanced scoring attack and playing strong team defense, the Americans proved to be too much for Venezuela.
As a team, the Yanks were solid on both ends of the floor. They held Venezuela to 20-76 (26%) from the field and shot 42-76 (55%) for the game. They also out-rebounded the Venezuelans 63-31.
The only detractor was the fact that the U.S. turned the ball over 29 times, a statistic that Westhoelter called, “Unacceptable.”
“We have to take better care of the basketball,” he added.
The U.S. was led in scoring by forward Daniel Fava (Mt. Airy, Md.), who had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. 6’7” forward Tyler Crace (Fishers, Ind.) was solid off the bench, adding 14 points, hitting four treys. Forward Greg White also had a double-double and was a force on the glass, scoring 12 points to go along with 15 boards.
6’5” center Curtis Grice (Leavenworth, Kan.) took full advantage of the smaller Venezuelan lineup, scoring ten points and pulling down seven rebounds, five of them offensive, in only nine minutes of court time.
“I went onto the floor and just boxed out,” Grice said. “[Venezuela] wasn’t very tall, so I tried to take advantage of that as much as possible.”
The performances of Sisco, Crace, and Grice were an example of the strength of USA’s depth on the bench. Overall, the reserves were tremendous, contributing 55 points and 29 rebounds.
A factor that Westhoelter was extremely pleased to see was that all of his players received substantial playing time. No one played less than nine minutes.
“It’s a long tournament—the objective is to keep everyone fresh,” Westhoelter explained. “When have 11 players, all of whom are solid contributors, we are able to do just that.”
The win gives the United States a 1-0 record in their pool. Tomorrow they will resume pool play against Ukraine, a team that clobbered the United Kingdom by fifty points earlier today.
SCORE BY QUARTER
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Total
USA 20 26 20 35 0 101
VENEZUELA 22 6 19 10 0 59
USA – Fava 15, Crace 14, Sisco 14, White 12, McMillan 11, Grice 10, Nelson 9, Paulone 8, Wigley 8, Berrigan 0, Bonheyo 0.
Venezuela – Blanco 31, Palacios 12, Quintero 7, Rengifo 7, Noria 2, Gonzalez 0, Lopez 0, Martinez 0, Salazar 0, Suarez 0.