USA Men Win WP Gold, Lead in Scoring Efficiency, Saves at Pan American Games

Pan American Games – Men’s Water Polo

The United States won its seventh straight Pan American Games water polo gold, defeating Canada 18-6 in the championship game. With the win, the Americans secured their spot in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Brazil rounded out the podium with a 9-6 bronze medal win over Argentina.

Final Standings

  1. USA
  2. Canada
  3. Brazil
  4. Argentina
  5. Cuba
  6. Puerto Rico
  7. Mexico
  8. Peru

Statistical Leaders

The United States was the top scoring team through the competition with 117 goals, followed by Canada (78) and Mexico (70). The Americans were the most efficient offensive team, converting 56.0 percent of their shots (117 of 209). Mexico was second at 44.0 percent (70 of 159) and Brazil was third (42.1 percent, 67 of 159).

Team Preliminary Rd. Goals Finals Goals Total % of Shots Made
United States 58/104 59/105 117/209 56%
Canada 51/98 27/93 78/191 40.80%
Mexico 30/76 40/83 70/159 44.00%
Brazil 36/82 31/77 67/159 42.10%
Cuba 27/88 32/72 59/160 36.90%
Argentina 32/94 16/71 48/165 29.10%
Puerto Rico 16/83 24/64 40/147 27.20%
Peru 16/82 12/73. 28/155 18.10%

Individually, Cuba’s Giraldo Carales Manzano was the top scorer, putting in 27 goals, followed by American Johnny Hooper (24) and Mexico’s Oliver Alvarez Basillo (23).

Name Goals/Shots Efficiency (%)
Giraldo Carales Manzano, Cuba 27/66 40.9
Johnny Hooper, USA 24/32 75
Oliver Alvarez Basillo, Mexico 23/40 57.5
Nicolas Constantin-Bicari, Canada 20/40 50
Alex Bowen, USA 18/34 52.9
Gustavo Guimaraes, Brazil 17/33 51.5
Ben Hallock, USA 17/25 68
Hannes Daube, USA 14/27 51.9
Matthew Thomas Halajian, Canada 13/31 41.9
Gustavo Coutinho, Brazil 12/18. 66.7

Hooper was the most efficient shooter, making 75 percent of his 32 shots (24/32). Teammate Ben Hallock scored on 68 percent of his chances (17 of 25), while Brazil’s Gustavo Coutinho was third with 66.7 percent efficiency (12 of 18).

Name Goals/Shots Efficiency (%)
Johnny Hooper, USA 24/32 75
Ben Hallock, USA 17/25 68
Gustavo Coutinho 12/18. 66.7
Aleksa Gardijan, Canada 10/16. 62.5
Alex Obert, USA 10/16. 62.5
Marko Vavic, USA 10/17. 58.8
Oliver Alvarez Basillo, Mexico 23/40 57.5
Alex Bowen, USA 18/34 52.9
Hannes Daube, USA 14/27 51.9
Gustavo Guimaraes, Brazil 17/33 51.5

Hooper led all scorers with 10 extra-man goals, followed by Bowen (8) and fellow American Hannes Daube (8). Alvarez-Basillo made the most penalty shots (13 of 13), followed by Carales Manzano (6 of 8), Brazilian Gustavo Guimaraes (4 of 4) and Hooper (4 of 5). Carales Manzano and Guimaraes each made nine action shot goals, while Canada’s Matthew Thomas Halajian put in six. Canadian Nicolas Constantin-Bicari was tops in center shot goals (11), followed by Hallock (10), American Alex Obert (5) and Brazilian Luis Silva (5).

In the goal, American Alex Wolf was the strongest in both number of saves (63) and save percentage (70 percent). Mexico’s Orlando Ortega Guardarrama notched 55 saves, followed by Brazil’s Slobodan Soro (52) and Canada’s Milan Radenovic (52).

Behind Wolf’s 70 percent save rate (63 of 90) were Soro (61.9 percent, 52 of 84) and Cuba’s Gianny Lara Arias (48 percent, 48 of 100).

Name Saves/Shots Faced Save Percentage
Alex Wolf, USA 63/90 70
Orlando Ortega Guadarrama, Mexico 55/117 47
Slobodan Soro, Brazil 52/84 61.9
Milan Radenovic, Canada 52/119 43.7
Gianny Lara Arias, Cuba 48/100 48

 

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