Argentina claimed the minor placing while Canada and the United States won through to the Gold Medal match on day six at the Parapans in Toronto on Thursday. The two semi-final victories set up a rematch of what was the most phenomenal match at this tournament as Canada will take on the USA again.
The Chileans needed all the experience they had gained from this tournament as they played off to avoid last place against Argentina in the opening game of the day. Unsurprisingly they did not have enough to see off the talented Argentines but they did show just how much they had improved over the last six days.
The first quarter saw Argentina just go out for it and they used their experience to tear Chile apart, putting 20 on the board. That didn’t seem to rock Chile as they started to settle more in to the game in the second period and found themselves 32-14 behind at the half.
The Chileans started going in for the hits more with Christian Madariaga Dallez going on the attack and gaining possessions. That positive play resulted in Chile’s best quarter of the tournament, they still lost ground, but only by one point as the third period saw the game at 42-23.
That seemed to anger the Argentines, who really lifted in the final quarter and powered away from the game. They cruised and won fifth place with a 56-24 win but Chile can certainly hold their heads high after some great performances and will earn their first world ranking after the tournament.
The Canadians came in to their semi-final against Brazil with something of a chip on their shoulder after their loss yesterday. That meant that they took out their anger on Brazil, going in hard in the early stages and getting to the end of the first period with a big 15-8 lead.
Brazil responded well looking to keep things tight, they gave away just one penalty in the whole game. It was a better second half from the Brazilian team, but things just continued as Canada lead 29-20.
As so often happens in sports, the third quarter proved to be a vital one as Canada went up another gear, which took the game away from Brazil. The Canadian defence was proving too much for Brazil to deal with as the Canadians kicked out to a 36-29 lead.
That allowed Canada to rest some players ahead of their final as they cruised to the win in the fourth quarter. The Brazilians were consistent but Canada were ruthless winning the game 62-38 and getting to the final easily.
The Americans were perhaps even more ruthless as they tore in to Colombia using a big second period to all but wrap up the game. Such was their control that the Americans didn’t even need to bring on Chuck Aoki.
After putting up a good fight for the first few points the Colombians eventually gave away a turnover which the Americans converted in to a goal. From there the Americans took charge of the period, using their experience to take a 15-9 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second period the Colombians made an odd decision, sitting Jhon Orozco Nunez out for the whole period. That took a lot of sting out of the Colombian attack, and the Americans took full advantage, putting on 17 points in the period and taking a 32-14 lead at the half, already wrapping up the game.
That allowed the Americans to rest players ahead of the final, beginning in the third period but they still controlled the match and took it away from the Colombians. As it was more and more obvious that Colombia had no chance, they also rested their players ahead of the bronze medal match, as USA won the game 65-28.