Toronto 2015: Brazil vs. Colombia preview
By Nathan Bragg @WheelNbragg
In what should be the closest match of the Parapan Am Games so far, 19th ranked Brazil will take on 21st ranked Colombia in a game that could have major implications on who makes the medal round.
Brazil crushed Colombia 65-32 at last year’s Big Maximus, but the Colombians have played well in Toronto, and new player Jhon Orozco has been a force. Without a 3.5 of their own, Brazil will have to count on a team effort to contain him. If Brazil do decide to go with an individual match-up on Orozco, Moises Batista will likely get the nod thanks to his agility and quick turn speed.
The Brazilians are still looking for their first win after opening the tournament with games against reigning Paralympic medalists Canada and the United States. Coach Luis Pena has been rotating his squad in the losses and has showcased Brazil’s depth. They have multiple contributors on both offense and defense which allows them to play a high-pressure style and keep their team fresh.
Colombia’s managed to get their bench involved in the loss to Canada and big win over Chile, but they have a clear starting line of Orozco, Amaya, Rodriguez and Neme that should play most the game against Brazil. Neme and Rodriguez are both players that can play above their classification and who can tilt the game in Colombia’s favour.
You can catch the game at IWRF.com starting at 9:30PM EST.
Goals: Alexandre Giuriato, 18
Turnovers: Alexandre Taniguchi, 8
Minutes per game: Jose Higino, 24:06
Goals: Jhon Orozco, 32
Turnovers: Jhon Orozco, 11
Minutes per game: Carles Neme, 26:51