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Despite starting the game scoring the first 12 points and jumping out to a 12-0 lead, the usa basketball men’s world cup qualifying team. uu. (7-2) couldn’t keep their score and fell to Argentina (8-1) 80-63 on Thursday night in front of a passionate and capable home crowd in La Rioja, Argentina.
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The victory gave Argentina sole possession of first place in the second round of Group E of the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifiers, and the United States now sits in second place with three games remaining.
united states will close the game in the second round, second window by facing uruguay (5-3) at 6 p.m. It’s Sunday, Dec. 2, in Montevideo, Uruguay (espn+).
“Argentina is a tremendous team, and after the first five minutes they kicked our asses,” said united states head coach jeff van gundy. “and, give them all the credit, they played a fantastic game on both ends of the pitch.
“We had a rough night. I don’t think there are many positives for us in this game, and a lot of the sport is about when you get your ass kicked and how you respond. we are together for three more days, we have another opportunity on Sunday (versus Uruguay) and we hope to play much better”, added van gundy.
united states held argentina scoreless for more than four minutes to start the game, and trailing points provided by four different united states. players, including back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game by julian washburn (austin spurs) and travis trice (wisconsin herd), usa. uu. jumped out to a 12-0 lead with 4:47 remaining in the first quarter.
but argentina turned their offense around and worked their way to three points late in the first quarter, and ee. uu. he was leading 16-13 after the first 10 minutes.
United States held their lead until the last minute of the second quarter and trailed at halftime, 35-32, after Argentina scored the last three points of the first half from the free throw line.
at the midpoint, ee. uu. he was shooting just 31.7 percent from the field (13-41 fgs) and was only 6-of-23 from 3-point range. Argentina, after her frigid start, was shooting 41.2 percent from the field (14-34 fgs) at intermission.
washburn opened the third quarter with a u.s. basket to cut Argentina’s lead to 35-34, but Argentina responded with an 8-0 run to take a 43-34 lead. The Americans trailed 48-40 with 2:41 left in the third, and Argentina capped the fourth with a 10-0 run that resulted in the United States being outscored 23-8 in the third period.
Argentina led 58-40 in the last 10 minutes of the match, and although the us. Cut the deficit to 63-50 after a basket by Scotty Hopson (Oklahoma City Blue) With 6:11 to play, Argentina turned the rally around with six straight points and cruised to victory 80- 63.
“We didn’t really execute, and we didn’t make any shots,” said usa shooting guard trice. uu. “You have to give them credit, they came out with a lot of energy. we threw the first punch and they responded.”
trice led us scoring with 16 points and adding four assists, reggiehearn (stockton kings), hopson and chasson randle (capital city go-go) each accounted for nine points.
the united states narrowly lost the rebounding battle, as argentina recorded 45 rebounds to the united states’ 44. tyler zeller(free agent) had 12 rebounds for the united states, while eric moreland (free agent) added eight.
Former University of Georgia head coach Mark Fox and former Georgetown University coach John Thompson III serve as assistant coaches for United States. teams usa uu. during world cup qualifying games they have been comprised primarily of nba g-league athletes.
in other second round group e action on thursday, uruguay (6-3) edged puerto rico (5-3) 64-62, and panama (4-5) defeated mexico (3-6) 76-65.
November/December second round play window concludes on Sunday for group e. The United States will face Uruguay in Montevideo, Puerto Rico will visit Panama, and Mexico will face Argentina in La Rioja.
After completing the first round, the top three teams from each of the four first round groups advanced their overall records to the second round. The three teams that advanced from Group A, Argentina, Uruguay and Panama, and the top three from Group C, the United States, Puerto Rico and Mexico, formed Group E. the top three finishers from group b, and group d formed group f. Sept. 13-17, 2018; nov. 29-Dec 3, 2018; and February 21-25, 2019.
after the completion of the third and final window of the second round of fiba americas which is feb. from january 21-25, 2019, seven teams will qualify outside the zone for the fiba world cup 2019, including the top three teams that finished in the second round of pool e and pool f, and the best fourth-place finisher among the group e and group f. .
under fiba’s new competition system, a total of 80 national teams from the four fiba regions of africa, americas, asia (which now includes oceania) and europe are competing in the qualifiers FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 over 15 months looking to earn a qualifying spot in the 32-team FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 competition taking place in August. 31-Sep 15 in china.