San Juan, Puerto Rico-The team that the US Nets formed for the last two FIBA AmeriCup qualifying games knows they will only be together for about a week.
Players make full use of this time.
Ra’Shad James (Ra’Shad James) scored 21 points, the United States advanced to the U.S. Cup with a 6-0 record and defeated Mexico 96-75 on Saturday. Brandon Bass scored 12 points for the Americans, and they surpassed the Mexicans 33-12 in a 3-point range.
James said: “Any player wants to be part of this situation.” “You have some people who bought the system soon…a group of selfless people.”
Joe Johnson contributed 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for the US team, William Davis added 1
AmeriCup is the champion of FIBA Americas. The United States has won seven championships in nine previous chances and has participated in two games in San Juan because it knows that it has secured a bed in the September 2022 game. In any case, in that game, it eventually defeated the Bahamas and Mexico, scoring a total of 37 points.
Edgar Garibay (Edgar Garibay) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds for Mexico.
The United States quickly lost control of Saturday’s game.
After the first six minutes, Mexico ranked 14-10. This was the last time it had any realistic frustrating hopes. The Americans led 13-0 at the end of the opening season, pushing the lead to 17. Dakota Mathias hit a three-pointer with 3:13 left in the half to set the score as 53-24, the result has never been questioned again.
American coach Joe Prunty said: “We do represent something bigger than us, and we did it.” “We talked about the standards we want to stick to.”
Prutty also praised the selflessness of Americans and even quoted Thomas giving back some time on Saturday so that others could play more.
“The way they represent each other, the way the American team is represented, this is [USA Basketball men’s national team director] Sean Ford and employees form such a team. “
In the FIBA or FIBA Americas advanced competition, the United States has a record of 11-1 against Mexico.
It took the United States a whole year to pass the AmeriCup qualification. The Americans won 83-70 in San Juan’s victory over Puerto Rico on February 20, 2020, the closest match in their six-game series.
The coronavirus pandemic forced the last two sets of two qualifying games into a bubble, first when the United States won the AmeriCup berth in November and now the Indianapolis game in San Juan. Mike Fratello coached the US team in the first two windows, Prutty took over these games, and the Americans arranged three different rosters for the three groups of games.
The AmeriCup Qualification Tournament is the first step in a long process towards the 2023 Basketball World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Only the host countries-the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia for the next World Cup, and France for the 2024 Olympics-automatically qualify for these games. All other countries must graduate through a series of other competitions (such as AmeriCup) to enter these fields.