Canada and the United States continued to dominate at the ParaPans tournament while Brazil broke through for their first win in one of the most entertaining games of the tournament so far. It was a dramatic third day of competition on Monday in Toronto.
The Canadians continued to show their offense as they took the game to Argentina from the very start, with a Hi-Lo of Zak Madell and Byron Green starting the game, with Canada’s 2.0s. After a convincing first quarter, the Canadians lead 73-26.
Juan Herrera was looking the most likely for Argentina, who used their larger bench regularly but made Herrera a main part of all their rotations, with his 2.5 classification allowing more flexibility. The second quarter was improved from Argentina, but also from Canada as the half ended 37-14.
The consistency of both teams continued in the third quarter as Canada kept on going and controlling but the defense from the Argentines also improved. After three quarters Canada passed the 50 and they went to 54-20 heading in to the final quarter.
The fourth period saw Canada improve in both offense and defense, as they piled on the score and kept going with big hits and quick passing. That saw Canada power out to another high scoring win as they managed a 73-26 win.
The Americans continued to be clinical and efficient as they just ripped in to Chile, keeping control of possession. The first period was a nightmare for the Chileans as The United States forced turnover after turnover, keeping Chile scoreless for a 15-0 score at the end of the first quarter.
That trend continued in the second quarter, as the United States continued to not give up possession, they wound down the clock and went to the half 27-2 up. Chile looked something more of a threat in the third with Christian Madariaga Dallez looking impressive, serving in his high point role well.
That improved performance from Chile saw them push up to six, but the United States were clearly still on top as the third quarter score was 41-6. The second half saw Carlos Novoa Matus on attack for the Chileans while Rob Deller was looking good for the United States as they wrapped up the 54-11 win, despite Chile forcing a turnover in the final quarter they couldn’t close enough, but showed how the tournament have already improved them.
The final game of the day was by far the most exciting of the tournament so far, with a desperate Brazil facing off against a determined Colombia. Colombia wanted to stamp their credentials as a key player in South American wheelchair rugby and pushed early on, but gave up just too many turnovers, giving Brazil a 15-12 lead at the end of the quarter.
It was the second quarter where Brazil really went for the game, forcing regular turnovers and using their experience and depth to pile on the score to make it 28-16 at the half. That allowed Brazil to avoid much stress, as the teams went tit-for-tat in the final half but that big second quarter was enough for Brazil as they won 53-14.