USA 97 ARGENTINA 53 – GOLD MEDAL GAME
USA left no doubt on who was the best team in the Pan Amdes competition when they raced to a 13 point lead with only four minutes of play. Without missing a beat, USA resumed its up tempo attack out of the gates against Argentina. Argentina did not start Nicolas Montero who had 18 points in the upset win over Venezuela the night before. Without Montero in their starting lineup, Argentina lost a bit of their offensive firepower. USA substituted early to keep fresh legs in the game and the bench repaid the coaching staff with quick bursts of offense. Montero finally entered the game but his presence made no difference as USA went up 23‐7. Argentina’s Juan Aude did not help matters as he went out with three fouls in 1st quarter alone. His absence opened up the middle for USA’s frontcourt to score at will. Half time score: USA 44 Argentina 25. The second half opened with a slower tempo by both teams, and was marred by sloppiness and physical play. Four minutes later, the two teams were still in stall mode as both teams managed only three points apiece. The referees were obviously letting the players play, as the court was starting to look like a football field, with jarring body contacts and a few wrestling bouts for the ball. Tempers flared in the third quarter when Argentina’s Facundo Herrero was called for a technical foul with USA up 73‐38. Herrero’s technical failed to inspire his teammates for a late game rally. Even if they were inspired, it was too late, for USA had already dominated the Argentinians in every aspect of the game. USA breezed through the last quarter for an easy 97‐53 win over Argentina to win their first Pan Am gold since 1999. It also marked their first gold since 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan. Robert Haney, Trey Gordon and Raymond Nelson led the USA’s balanced attack with 16, 15, and 14 points respectively.