Argentina win tough match against Canada
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July
9, 2012 – Argentina defeated Canada in a very close match to
open the actions of the VII Men’s Pan American Cup in Santo
The South Americans defended well the net and their attack was
more effective (64-57) for the win by scores of 25-20, 17-25,
23-25, 25-19 and 16-14 in almost two hours of hard battle, and
seem determined to repeat the silver won in 2010, the only one
achieved by the Argentinians in the history of the event.
Mariano Giustiniano lived up to his role as captain and led the
scores not only of its side but also for the game with 26
points, followed by his teammates Gonzalo Quiroga (20) and
Gonzalo Lapera (13).
For the North Americans stood out the
opposite Dane Pischke with 22 while Steven Marshall (19),
Maxwell Burt (13) and Christopher Hoag (10) completed the
scorers in double digits.
Lawrence McKay, head coach of Canada, described the game as very
good with very strong rivals. "There was an obvious contrast
because even though my players are taller, they had the
necessary skills to win. It is a good test for my team to see
how another squad, smaller than us, beat us because of their
Meanwhile, Fabian Muraco, Argentina’s coach, expressed his
satisfaction that the Canadians forced his team to play to a
hundred percent, "and we must take advantage of the opportunity,
because each of our players know that we step into the court
always with the willingness to win."
Maxwell Burt, captain of Canada,
congratulated the Argentinians for their outstanding
performance, especially in blocking and defense. "We could not
do much with the service and that disappointed us, but I hope we
will improve that."
Argentinian captain Mariano Giustiniano
was euphoric because "although we had our ups and downs we won a
very difficult match against a good opponent."