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US places 7th at World Cup, tops Poland 87-74 in finale

Donovan Mitchell scored 16 issues and passed out 10 assists, Joe Harris scored 14 and the U.S. defeated Poland 87-74 on Saturday for 7th position on the Global Cup.

Khris Middleton had 13 issues, six rebounds and 6 assists for the American citizens, who will head house with a 6-2 file — but their worst putting ever in a Global Cup, international championship because it was once identified, or Olympics.

Derrick White scored 12 and Harrison Barnes added 10 for the U.S.

Mateusz Ponitka scored 18 issues, Adam Waczynski had 17 and A.J. Slaughter completed with 15 for Poland (Four-Four), which used to be within the Global Cup for the primary time since 1967.

The American citizens put in combination a 10-Zero run within the first quarter to take a 28-14 lead. Poland began Zero for 13 from Three-point vary, now not getting one from past the arc to fall till Michal Sokolowski attached with 1:28 left within the part — and by way of then, the U.S. lead used to be 18.

There used to be little to play for aside from satisfaction — and the American citizens have been taking part in with the conclusion that, for a few of them, it simply might be their ultimate time dressed in the crimson, white and blue uniforms with “USA” around the chest. The roster for the U.S. commute to the Tokyo Olympics subsequent summer time is more likely to glance significantly other than this one.

It had a lot which means to Poland trainer Mike Taylor as neatly. He is an American, who lives in Florida, and mouthed along side the phrases to “The Superstar-Spangled Banner” when it performed pregame.

His staff wasn’t desperate to hand over, both.

Down 17 on the part, Poland made it an excessively severe sport after intermission. Waczynski’s Three-pointer from the proper nook overdue within the 3rd were given Poland inside of 54-47, and Lukasz Koszarek had a Three-point check out that may have got his staff inside of 4 with eight:21 ultimate.

TIP-INS

U.S.: Kemba Walker (neck) did not play, becoming a member of Boston Celtics teammates Jayson Tatum (left ankle) and Marcus Sensible (left hand) at the U.S. injured listing. White began in Walker’s position at level guard. … Timing is the entirety — the 6-2 file for the U.S. right here used to be higher than silver-medalist Serbia (Five-Four) and bronze-medalist France (6-Three) on the ultimate Global Cup. However dropping within the quarterfinals doomed the U.S. medal hopes.

Poland: The staff had 3 avid gamers who performed on the Department I stage — Slaughter used to be a four-year participant at Western Kentucky, guard Karol Gruszecki spent two years at Texas-Arlington and heart Dominik Olejniczak began his profession at Drake, then performed two seasons at Ole Leave out and can play this yr at Florida State as a graduate switch. … Poland began Four-Zero in China, then dropped its ultimate 4 video games.

GIVEAWAY ITEMS

Mitchell used to be the ultimate U.S. participant to go away the courtroom within the pre-warmup duration, finishing about 45 mins ahead of sport time. He took off his shoes and tossed them to a few younger fanatics within the crowd.

UP NEXT

U.S.: Has already certified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Poland: Will take part in qualifying for 2020 Tokyo Olympics subsequent yr.

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