USA Basketball’s match against Venezuela at the AmeriCup tournament on Sunday was postponed after heavy rain caused multiple leaks inside the Geraldo Magalhães Sports Gymnasium.
The Americans were leading 48-21 at halftime when officials stepped in to assess the deteriorating situation caused by the leakage. After assessing the extent of the water damage, officials determined that the game could not be resumed safely.
Instead, the game will resume on Tuesday, meaning that Team USA now faces a packed schedule whereby they are set to play on three consecutive days as they look to grab a quarterfinal spot.
Having lost to Mexico in their opening AmeriCup game, Team USA will be desperate to bounce back with a win over Venezuela in an effort to avoid early elimination from the tournament. Currently, the USA is sitting at the foot of the Group C table and is yet to play Panama. If the USA maintains its lead over Venezuela, a win against Panama would seal a semifinal berth.
Group leaders Mexico defeated Panama 65-60 in their clash on Sunday, thereby securing Mexico’s spot in the knockout rounds.