The U.S. got here to China taking a look to once more be the most efficient on this planet.
It’ll cross house with the worst event appearing in program historical past.
Such is the truth for the American citizens now, confident of completing no higher than 7th on the International Cup after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a comfort recreation Thursday night time. The former worst end for a U.S. males’s group in primary event appearances was once 6th on the 2002 international championships.
“Now we have dedicated to this from Day One,” U.S. guard Joe Harris stated. “To get the entire means thus far and simply roughly have it rapidly arise brief, it actually stings.”
The American citizens — the top-ranked group on this planet — will likely be 7th or 8th in China, relying at the result in their comfort finale towards Poland on Saturday. Harrison Barnes scored 22 for the U.S., which were given 18 from Kemba Walker and 16 from Khris Middleton. And even supposing this group earned the U.S. a berth into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics box, Barnes famous postgame that Saturday’s finale is also the closing time many individuals of the International Cup squad get the danger to play for his or her nation.
“We are additionally those who stepped as much as the plate when others stepped down. We certified our country for the Olympics,” U.S. heart Myles Turner wrote as a part of a thread on Twitter after the sport.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 28 for Serbia, which bolted to a 25-point lead and passed the U.S. its 2nd loss in two days. Vladimir Lucic scored 15 for Serbia, which can play for 5th position Saturday.
“It is a actually difficult recreation to play towards the ones guys,” Bogdanovic stated. “I am certain each groups had been actually disenchanted after dropping within the quarterfinals and we had been simply looking to make other people glad.”
A Serbia-U.S. recreation was once extensively anticipated to be one for gold this weekend. The potentialities of that had been hyped lots going into the event — particularly after Serbia trainer Sasha Djordjevic referred to as out the American citizens in a tv interview through announcing “if we meet, would possibly God lend a hand them.” However all that was once at the line Thursday night time had been bragging rights and a couple of international score issues.
“There is no regrets from our team with regards to what we’ve got given, what we’ve got sacrificed, the dedication everybody’s made to be clear of their households, clear of their groups, clear of their organizations,” Barnes stated. “There is no regrets.”
Serbia led 44-40 on the part, a margin that can recommend the primary 20 mins had been of the back-and-forth selection.
They weren’t. As a substitute, it was once simply two actually large runs, one through every group.
Serbia gained the primary quarter 32-7. The U.S. gained the second one quarter 33-12. Serbia shot 64% within the first quarter and the U.S. shot 19%; in the second one quarter, it was once the American citizens taking pictures 72%, Serbia 31%, and it stayed fairly tight the remainder of the way in which.
U.S. trainer Gregg Popovich lauded his group for making the comeback, principally 24 hours after seeing its medal hopes dashed through the quarterfinal loss to France.
“I will be able to’t inform you how a lot I have been inspired the entire time with their persona, their stick-to-itiveness and their patience as they are studying the way to play in combination,” Popovich stated. “This night was once an excellent instance of that.”
U.S.: Jayson Tatum (left ankle) and Marcus Good (left hand) had been out with accidents, and nor is anticipated to play within the finale Saturday. … Prior to now, the closing time the U.S. dropped consecutive video games on the International Cup point was once 2002 on the international championships in Indianapolis, dropping to Argentina through seven and Yugoslavia through 3. The one time the American citizens misplaced 3 directly in a International Cup or Olympic-level event was once on the 1970 international championships.
Serbia: Vasilije Micic, whose mom died all the way through this event, stayed with the group as a substitute of going house early. He scored 10 issues. … All-NBA heart Nikola Jokic was once quiet offensively, scoring 9 issues on three for four taking pictures. He did make two unfastened throws with 20.2 seconds left to position Serbia forward through six.
The U.S. has been sending groups to primary world competitions — the Olympics and the International Cup (previously the arena championship) — since 1936, a span of 36 tournaments in all. That is best the fourth time the American citizens may not medal at both of the 2 greatest occasions; they had been 5th on the 1970 international championship, 5th on the 1978 international championship and 6th on the 2002 international championship. They have got medaled in all 18 Olympic competitions, successful gold 15 instances.
CZECH REPUBLIC 94, POLAND 84
Vojtech Hruban scored 24 issues, Tomas Satoransky added 22 and the Czech Republic rallied overdue to overcome Poland 94-84 in a comfort recreation Thursday in Shanghai. Satoransky added 12 assists for the Czechs, who closed the sport on a 20-7 run. Adam Waczynski scored 22 for Poland.
U.S.: Faces Poland in seventh-place recreation at Beijing on Saturday.
Serbia: Faces Czech Republic in fifth-place recreation at Beijing on Saturday.
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