USA, Brazil Men Win Preliminary Round Group Titles at Pan American Games

Pan American Games – Men’s Water Polo

After three days of pool play, the United States and Brazil came out as the group winners in men’s water polo action, each finishing at 3-0.

The United States topped Group A with wins over Cuba (21-6), Canada (13-11) and Puerto Rico (24-1).

Brazil won Group B with victorious over Peru (14-2), Mexico (10-5) and Argentina (12-7).

With just eight teams in the competition, each will compete in the event quarterfinals on Thursday.

The quarterfinal schedule is as follows:

Aug. 8 – Quarterfinals
3 p.m. Canada vs. Mexico
4:30 p.m. Cuba vs. Argentina
6 p.m. USA vs. Peru
7:30 p.m . Puerto Rico vs. Brazil

Pool Play Results

Aug. 4
Group A
Cuba vs. USA USA 21-6
Canada vs. Puerto Rico Canada 20-7
Group B
Peru vs. Brazil Brazil 14-2
Mexico vs. Argentina Argentina 13-11
Aug. 5
Group A
Canada vs. USA USA 13-11
Cuba vs. Puerto Rico Cuba 10-8
Group B
Mexico vs. Brazil Brazil 10-5
Peru vs. Argentina Argentina 12-6
Aug. 6
Group A
Cuba vs. Canada Canada 20-11
USA vs. Puerto Rico USA 24-1
Group B
Peru vs. Mexico Mexico 14-8
Brazil vs. Argentina Brazil 12-7

Standout Statistics

  • The United States led all teams with 58 goals, followed by Canada (51), Brazil (36), Argentina (32) and Mexico (30).
  • The United States was the most efficient goal scoring team, making 58 percent of its shots (58/104). Canada (52 percent), Brazil (43.9 percent), Mexico (39.5 percent) and Argentina (34.0 percent) followed.
  • Canada’s Nicolas Constantin-Bicari is the leading scorer after the preliminary round with 13 goals (in 21 shots). Brazil Gustavo Guimaraes (10 of 19) and Canada’s Matthew Thomas Halajian (10 of 19) follow, while Cuba Giraldo Carales Manzno (9 of 35) and Americans Hannes Daube (9 of 16) and Johnny Hooper (9 of 14) round out the top group.
  • Canadian Aleksa Gardijan was the most efficient shooter, hitting 77.8 percent of his shots (7 of 9), followed by American Alexander Obert (8 of 11, 72.7 percent). Brazilian Gustavo Coutinho (6 of 9 , 66.7 percent), American Marko Vavic (6 of 9, 66.7 percent) and American Johnny Hooper (9 of 14, 64.3 percent) rounded out the Top 5.
    • American Hannes Daube made 6 extra-man shots in seven attempts (85.7 percent). Seven players turned in three extra-man goals.
    • Mexico’s Oliver Alvarez Basillo was 5-for-5 on penalty shot attempts, while five players added two apiece.
    • Canadian Matthew Thomas Halajian hit seven action shots (in 10 attempts), while Brazil’s Gustavo Guimaraes made six (of 14).
    • Canada Nicolas Constantin-Bicari scored seven center shot goals (in 9 tries), followed by American Alexander Obert‘s 5 (of 7).
  •  Brazilian Slobodan Soro was tops among goalkeepers with a 66.7 save percentage (28 of 42) followed by American Alex Wolf (62.5 percent, 30 of 48).
  • Wolf made the most saves in the preliminary round (30), followed by Soro (28), Canadian Milan Radenovic (27) and Mexico’s Orlando Ortega Guadarrama (26).

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4 years ago

A JV tournament. The varsity played for medals in N Korea 10 days ago.