SAN BORJA — There are several metaphors and comparisons that could have been made to show the discrepancy in score between the United States and Peru in Men’s Group B Wheelchair Basketball, which happened Sunday night. The best way to put it was, “it was very lopsided”. The United States beat Peru 114-14.
The #1 ranked United States team led by Captain Steve Serio had tried to quiet the sounds of the host nation by dominating rebounds, points, assists and time of possession. Peru was even held to just seven points in the first half, while the United States were scoring like it was going out of style, attaining 64 points. All the while Peru’s fans did not stop. Every time their team touched the ball, miss or make, the fans were behind them with cheers of support for all of the match.
In the first half, the United States shot an uncanny 78% (28/37) from the field and 100% from the three point line (2/2). Also in the first half, #9 Matthew Scott led all scorers with 11 points, he finished with a team high 22 points. He went 8/9 from the field and 50% (1-for-2) from behind the three point stripe. Said Scott after the game,
“The game plan for today was to play the best brand of basketball that we know how. We never change our game plan, we just try to play the best brand of USA Basketball possible.”
Compare that to Peru who shot 13% from the field and 0/12 on three point shots in the first half. They finally sank one in the second half of play (5:02 left in the 3rd quarter), but by then it was 79-10 and there was little to no chance of a comeback.
After the match, Team Captain Steve Serio (5 points, 8 assists) professed the great work from the team on defense vs. Peru saying,
“I think our defense is built on intensity and communication. We did two of those things really well. Peru is a good team, and we wanted to come out there, and play our style and we accomplished that today.”
In a postgame interview, Team USA coach Ron Lykins noted the effort of his squad over the last few days, winning by over 70 points in their last two matches. He said,
“It’s gonna get much tougher starting tomorrow. Brazil is one of those teams that could win the tournament, and three teams on the other side that can win, and a fourth team, Mexico is pretty good too.”
As the coach mentioned, tomorrow, Monday August 26, 2019 the United States faces a test in #3 Brazil as they play at 12:30 PM.