CHALLENGING 1ST DAY IN TEAM PLAY FOR USA BOCCIA
Monday, September 21 was Day 1 of competition at the 2014 Boccia World Championship in Beijing, China. Team USA opened with BC1/BC2 Team play. Sixteen teams were divided into four pools of four for the preliminary 3 games. Team USA ranked 14th in the world going into the tournament was grouped with Korea (# 8), Canada (# 4) and host team China (#2).
USA Boccia’s BC1/BC2 Team includes Cornelius Oatis (BC1) and Marck Harrison (BC2) from Columbus Ohio, Rafael DeJesus (BC2) from New York and Brigid Mason (BC2) from Illinois. In Team play three players compete against another team of three with up a possibility of 2 substitutes. Each game consists of 6 rounds or “ends” and each player throws 2 balls per end.
Team USA opened the day against Korea and played well scoring points in several ends but fell short and lost 6-3. Next up was China and Team USA could not find their offense and lost 17-0. The final game of Day 1 was against Canada and Team USA was unable to regroup after the loss to China and lost 14-0. The tough day leaves Team USA out of the play off rounds and at the mercy of other pool play scores for their final ranking. Their hope to improve on their #12 ranking will not be realized during these World Championships.
Next up for Team USA is Individual play. The USA has three players competing in the Individual division: Cornelius Oatis (BC1), Marck Harrison (BC2) and Austin Hanson (BC3).
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