Monday, July 11, 2011

FIBA U19 World Championship -- USA Defeats Poland, Plays for Fifth Place

USA 84 Poland 47
Team USA built an eight point lead in the first period and never trailed as they beat Team Poland by 27, 84-47 to advance to the Fifth Place game today in Riga, Latvia. Returning to the form that carried the team handily through the U19 Tournament's first four games, the team had a different lead scorer today. Doug McDermott from Creighton shot 8-13 (2-4, 6-9) from the floor to go with a perfect day (1-1) from the line to pace all scorers with 19 points. Three other American, Patric Young (13 points), Meyers Leonard (12 points) and Jeremy Lamb (12 points) also logged double-digit points. Michal Michalak paced the Poles with 13 points scored on 5-13 (2-6, 3-7) shooting from the floor and 1-1 from the free throw line. Piotr Niedzwiedzki chipped in 10 points.

Picking over the game boxscore to develop some possession-based stats for the game...


The Defense Was There Today...
Team USA's offense was less efficient that it was versus Russia, but the Poles could not capitalize. Team Poland has had problems with shot conversion in several games in this tournament, but 26.9% (eFG%) is the poorest outing of the Poles' eight games. Though Team USA's turnover rate and free throw rate were well off their average for this tournament, it did not, given Poland's offensive problems, hurt Team USA's chances for a win.

Bell Tones
Villanova's rising sophomore James Bell scored two points on 1-3 (0-1, 1-2) shooting from the floor. Bell did not get to the free throw line. He grabbed one rebound and was credited with a steal and blocked shot in 11 minutes of play.

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