Following a redraw at the start of the competition after three teams withdrew from the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan, the United States men ended up in Group B with Australia, Poland, and Greece. The tournament officially got underway this weekend. With two games done, the United States is currently undefeated in group play.
Despite the group changes, the United States men went on to win their opener against Greece 82 – 52. Layton Seeber, Todd Boheyo, Michael Lizarrage, William Gordon, Raymond Nelson and Jeremias Valencia were all critical components for the team on their way to victory.
The United States men then met Poland earlier today. The first quarter was tight, ending 27 – 26. By the end of the first half though, the United Sates were firmly in the drivers seat with a 56 – 38 lead. The team was consistently going to Seeber for scoring, with Seeber. Nelson was the USA’s other go to player, scoring 11 points by half. Lizarrage, Orion Palmer and Josh McGriff were the team’s impact rebounders in the first half. The USA held onto their lead in the third, which finished 86 – 50. The game ended 112 – 64. Seeber finished with 17 points, while Nelson had 15. Rogers Printup had 11, while McGriff and Gordon each finished with 14. Lizarrage finished the game with 10 rebounds, while Palmer and McGriff collected 8 each.