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Saturday, July 9th, 2011 at 10:52 am  |  11 responses

USA U19 Team Falls to Russia in Quarterfinals

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

The United States U19 team had a disappointing early exit of the World Championships as it fell to Russia 79-74 in the quarterfinals.

The 5-point defeat was largely a result of the United States’ poor 3-point shooting. The team missed all nine of its attempts from beyond the arc while Russia went 12-for-19. Team USA’s coach Paul Hewitt pointed directly at the long-range shooting disparity for why his team fell.

From USABasketball.com:

“We went 0-for-9, they went 12-for-29,” Hewitt said. “That’s a pretty tough margin to overcome. I think given the difference there, I thought our guys battled and gave us a chance even though we were outshot from the 3-point line 12 to zip.”

Three USA players tallied double-figures in defeat. Jeremy Lamb (UConn) finished with a game-high 21 points, while Joe Jackson (Memphis) and Meyers Leonard (Illinois) had 14 and 13, respectively.

Lamb was the entire offense for stretches of the game. After Team USA trailed by 10 at halftime, Lamb scored the first 10 points for his team in the third quarter. His effort, though, was not enough to complete the comeback.

With the gold medal now out of sight for Team USA, it heads to the consolation semifinal bracket where it will play Poland. The highest the winner can finish is fifth place.

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  • clintonsoraloffice

    No suprise here, this is like our 3rd tier group of players, congrats Russia!

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    I think Lamb will be a pretty good player in the L one day.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    …not even 3rd tier….probably 10th….they literally had to have hundreds of declined invitations

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    shouts out to Paul Hewitt, thats my guy….but apparently even the coaching position received multiple declined invitations…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Anyone see Jonas Valanciunas’ statline in the quarter finals?
    Jonas Valanciunas: 36 Min, 8/19 FG, 10/11 FT, 26PTS, 24REB, 3AST, 1STL, 5BLK, 1TO, 4PF.
    Damnnnn…

  • ogog

    USA never fields their best squad in international competitions

  • http://blogspot.com LLC#12

    @niQ I watched that game, it was like men against boys, Jonas was a beast!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @ogog not always true, the U17-18′s are always pretty good as the top recruits in the country are always eager to perform….but them U19′s are…well not garbage, but closer to light litter. @LLC#12 who was he matched up against mostly?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ niQ: I hadn’t, but now that I have… F*ck yes!

  • Dingo

    “it’s not our best players” blah blah – it’s the best you could put together so it is the best players. Seriously you guys should be coming down hard as this excuse is old and getting a little thin

  • T-Money

    dingo: even if it’s true? it’s like saying the team usa that played in turkey last year was not the A team – it’s just facts.

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