After winning their first game at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan, the United States men continued their winning ways by claiming a 112 – 64 victory against Poland earlier today.
Michael Lizarraga’s ability to play both sides of the floor was once again on display as he claimed a double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes. Layton Seeber continued to be an effective offensive weapon for the United States putting up a team leading 17 points. Raymond Nelson was second on the team in scoring with 15 points, while Josh McGriff and William Gordon had 14. The United States could have probably run up a high score, but most of the best players had little to no playing time in the fourth quarter. Seeber, Lizarraga and Nelson all had 0 minutes. Playing time instead went to Todd Bonheyo and Steve Valencia-Biskupiak who had 10 minutes each. Noah Valencia and Ali Elmasri played 6 minutes each in the fourth quarter after having spent the previous three quarters warming the bench.
On the Polish side of the court, Mateusz Kaczmarek led his team in scoring with 15 points. Wojciech Inglot was second for Poland with 12 points. Maciej Gawrys and Jakub Wania were third with 10 points each.
The Polish side had problems getting inside for scoring opportunities, and tried to compensate by shooting 3s but were unable to consistently connect. They made 8 from 3 point range compared to the Americans who were 6 of 21 from behind the 3-point-line. The Poles made 17 out of 47 attempts from 2 point range. Poor free throw shooting did not help their game. The Americans were consistently able to land theirs, going 4 of 18 from the line while the Polish side went 6 of 16.
The United States currently sits at the top of Group B with 2 wins and a point difference of 78. Greece and Australia are second, with a win and loss each, while Poland is last with 2 losses.