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2020 November USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team

NOVEMBER 2020 AMERICUP QUALIFYING

  • Date:
    Dec 2, 2020

Indianapolis, Indiana • November 29-30, 2020


Playing the November 2020 window of Group D AmeriCup Qualifying games in a "bubble" in Indianapolis, Indiana, the USA picked up a pair of impressive home wins and secured its spot in the AmeriCup 2020. Due to COVID-19 precautions, team and coaches were tested daily and no spectators or outsiders were permitted to attend the games. Again under the direction of former NBA head coach Mike Fratello, the USA defeated Bahamas 99-59 and Mexico 94-78 to improve its record to 4-0.


NOV. 2020 USA RESULTS (2-0)

USA
99
Bahamas 59
USA
94
Mexico 78
   

The USA earned its third straight AmeriCup Qualifying victory with an 99-59 romp over the Bahamas on Nov. 29 in its first game of the second window of FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying play at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Never trailing versus Bahamas, the first quarter saw the USA methodically compile a 24-14 lead. The USA came out with the hot hand in the second quarter – sinking four 3-pointers in the first 3:50 to go up 42-23, and by halftime the USA pushed its lead to 24 points, 53-29.The USA opened the second half with back-to-back 3s and rolled in unthreatened for the 99-59 win.

They tried to show a zone. They started zone, switched to man, they switched everything, and you can only do so many things in a game when you have a limited number of bodies, said USA head coach Mike Fratelloof the Bahamas, which suited up just eight players. “And I was really happy with the way our guys recognized whatever it was, attacked it. And defensively, I thought we were good. If I'm right, I think at halftime we did not have any turnovers. And that's obviously vital to you being able to score, because if you don't turn the ball over, you give yourself more opportunities to score the basketball. But we had a number of people, five, six people, in double figures and one or two that were close to being in double figures. I like the unselfishness that we played with and passing the ball to the open man. But for me, the players know this, I start at the defensive end, and we're doing well at the defensive end of the floor.”

The USA shot 51.4% from the field (38-74 FGs) and 41.4% from 3-point (12-29 3pt FGs), dished out 22 assists, committed just seven turnovers, including no turnovers in the first half, and 11 players put points on the board.

Amile Jefferson led the USA with 17 points and 11 rebounds; Tyler Hall, who was 4-of-6 from 3-point on his way to 12 points and four assists; John Jenkins added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from 3-point; Levi Randolph, finished with 11 points and seven rebounds; and Travis Trice was credited with 10 points and six assists.

“For a lot of guys, you know, this is their first game, real actual game playing since March,” Jefferson said. “So, to be back out there after a great week of practicing and getting to know each other and building chemistry was amazing. And the fact that we're playing for USA, it's something bigger than ourselves, makes it all that much better. So, I thought our guys played really hard and aggressive, and I thought the coaches put in a great game plan. We executed, so I was really happy with our performance today.”

Facing 2-1 Mexico, who had defeated Puerto Rico x the night before, the USA fended off a resilient Mexico team to earn a 94-78 victory on Nov. 30 at the Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The victory assured the United States its berth into the FIBA AmeriCup 2022 by virtue of at least a top-three finish in its FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying Group D.

“Winning the two games was great in window number one, but that didn't get us in. That didn’t qualify us,” said Fratello. “And when they invited me back to coach window two, I was very excited and happy, because I wanted to be part of helping the United States move on, qualify for the next thing. So that the fact that we were able to do that was very rewarding to me. I love to see young guys get together, form a team, work together, play defense together, pass the ball together and then have success. And that's what this week, last two weeks has been all about, trying to grow together and get better.”

The first quarter featured six lead changes, and the USA ended the period leading 23-20. The American squad outscored Mexico 29-14 in the second quarter to pull away and led by as many as 26 points in the third quarter, but Mexico fought back to within 11 points in the fourth quarter. The USA fended off the charge, however, helped by its 54.4 shooting percentage and by its 21-of-27 shooting from the free throw line. 

Yante Maten led the USA with 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field to go with nine rebounds; Josh Magette, who missed game one because of an injury, added 19 points and was 7-of-7 from the free throw line; Jenkins finished with 16 points; Trice contributed 14 points and six assists; and Randolph compiled 12 points, five rebounds and four assists.

“We're all talented basketball players, and so we just read what the defense gave us and then just executed from there and played unselfishly,” Maten said. “I think that's was the biggest thing was that led to us winning.

"It means a lot," added Maten on his opportunity to represent the United states, "just because I get to represent from our country. I think everyone can represent in a different way, and I represent mine through basketball. And so, I'm very honored to be here and get to say that I helped accomplish something big.


NOVEMBER 2019 USA MEN'S AMERICUP QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE 2019-20 TEAM/SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Kaiser Gates F 6-7 225 24 Maine Red Claws/Xavier
Alpharetta, GA
Tyler Hall G 6-5 209 23 Westchester Knicks/Montana State
Rock Island, IL
Jalen Hudson G 6-6 192 24 Capital City Go-Go/Florida
Richmond, VA
Amile Jefferson F 6-9 222 27 Lakeland Magic/Duke
Philadelphia, PA
John Jenkins G 6-4 215 27 Hapoel Eilat (Israel)/Vanderbilt
Hendersonville, TN
Jemerrio Jones F 6-5 175 25 Wisconsin Herd/New Mexico State
Memphis, TN
Josh Magette G 6-1 160 31 Lakeland Magic-Alabama-Huntsville
Birmingham, AL
Yante Maten C 6-7 240 24 Maine Red Claws/Georgia
Pontiac, MI
Sir'Dominic Pointer
F 6-5 200 28 Canton Charge/St. John's
Detroit, MI
Levi Randolph G/F 6-6 210 28 Canton Charge/Alabama Madison, AL
Tyler Roberson F/C 6-9 237 26 South Bay Lakers/Syracuse Union, NJ
Travis Trice G 6-2 175 27 Gemani Basket Brescia (Italy)/Michigan State
Huber Heights, OH
Paul White F 6-9 225 25 Salt Lake City Stars/Oregon Chicago, IL
Head Coach:  Mike Fratello
Assistant Coach:  Othella Harrington
Assistant Coach:  Joe Prunty
Team Physician:  Stephen Foley, Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, SD)
Athletic Trainer:  Ed Lacerte, ProSports Therapy, Inc. (Waltham and Westford, MA)
Athletic Trainer:  Ron Weathers, Embodi Physical Therapy and Sports Performance (Charlotte, NC)
Team Scout:  Allen Deep, Westchester Knicks
Video Coordinator:  Mario Casamajor, Iowa Wolves

 

NOVEMBER 2020 USA MEN'S AMERICUP QUALIFYING TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AT BK ST
Magette 1/0   5-    8 .625   2-    5 .400   7-    7 1.000   2/  2.0 19/ 19.0 3 0 1
Jenkins 2/2   9-  13 .692   8-  12 .667   2-    2 1.000   5/  2.5 28/ 14.0 3 1 0
Maten 2/2 11-  16 .688   1-    2 .500   5-    9 .556 11/  5.5 28/ 14.0 2 2 2
Trice 2/2   8-  16 .500   2-    6 .333   6-    9 .667   5/  2.5 24/ 12.0 12 0 3
Randolph 2/2   7-  14 .500   2-    4 .500   7-    8 .875 12/  6.0 23/ 11.5 7 0 2
Jefferson 2/0   8-  10 .800   0-    0 .---   3-    6 .500 15/  7.5 19/   8.5 4 0 1
Hall
2/0   5-  10 .500   5-    8 .625   0-    0 .---   3/  1.5 15/   7.5 4 0 2
Gates 2/2   6-  18 .333   1-    7 .143   1-    2 .500 14/  7.0 14/   7.0 1 0 1
Roberson 1/0   2-    3 .667   0-    0 .---   1-    1 1.000   2/  2.0   5/   5.0 0 1 0
White 2/0   4-    9 .444   1-    3 .333   0-    0 .---   3/  1.5   9/   4.5 1 1 1
Pointer 2/0   3-    8 .375   1-    3 .333   0-    0 .---   4/  2.0   7/   3.5 4 0 1
Hudson 1/0   1-    6 .167   0-    2 .000   0-    0 .---   6/  6.0   2/   2.0 0 0 1
Jones 1/0   0-    0 .---   0-    0 .---   0-    0 .---   4/  4.0   0/   0.0 0 0 0
USA 2 69-131 .527 23-  52 .442 32-  44 .727 93/46.5 193/ 96.5 41 5 15
OPP. 2 47-130 .362 15-  57 .263 28-  41 .683 60/30.0 137/ 68.5 28 2 10

 

 

 

 

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