2005 USA Men's World Championship Qualifying Team

FIBA Americas Championship -- 2005

  • Date:
    Dec 15, 2010

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic • August 24-September 4, 2005

The USA accomplished its number one goal of qualifying the U.S. men for the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Finishing with a 4-6 record, the U.S. squad, which was comprised of professional players from the NBA Development League, Continental Basketball Association (CBA), or overseas, finished in fourth place.

2005 USA RESULTS (10-0)

USA 94 Panama 72
USA 96 Brazil 94
Canada 92 USA 76
Venezuela 71 USA 70
USA 111 Dominican Rep. 86
Argentina 84 USA 67
USA 91 Uruguay 77
Puerto Rico 88 USA 83
Brazil 93 USA 75
Venezuela 93 USA 83

2005 FIBA AMERICAS CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL STANDINGS

1. *Brazil (7-3) 6. Dom. Rep. (4-4)
2. #Argentina (7-3) 7. Puerto Rico (4-4)
3. *Venezuela (6-4) 8. Uruguay (1-7)
4. *USA (4-6) 9. Panama (1-3)
5. *Panama (5-3)
Mexico (1-3)

*Qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship
#Qualified for the 2006 FIBA World Championship as the 2004 Olympic champion

USA head coach Mo McHone saw his squad open preliminary play with an impressive defensive effort that limited Panama to 34.8 percent shooting as the U.S. rumbled to a 94-72 victory. The USA got 18 points from Alex Scales and 14 more from Jerome Beasley. Meeting gold medal favorite Brazil, the USA stunned the Brazilians 96-94. Brazil led 94-93 with 6.4 seconds left, but USA guard Lynn Greer was fouled with 1.2 seconds left as he attempted a 3-pointer, then calmly made all three free throws to give the U.S. the 96-94 win. Charlie Bell scored 20 points in the win, Scales added 18. Canada handed the U.S. a 92-76 setback as the Americans shot just 43.1 percent. Greer led the U.S. effort with 21 points. Playing its fourth game in as many days, the USA had the ball and trailed by one with 17.2 seconds to go but was unable to get off a shot as Venezuela hung on to take a 71-70 decision. Bell led the U.S. with 21.

Opening second round play facing host Dominican Republic in front of its partisan crowd, behind double figure scoring from six players, including 20 points from Bell, the USA posted an impressive 111-86 win. Facing Argentina next, Argentina pulled away late and earned an 84-67 victory. Tyus Edney and Kris Lang scored 11 points each. Needing a win to keep its medal and qualifying berth dreams alive, the USA rallied in the final five minutes to take a 91-77 victory from Uruguay. Bell led the USA effort with 20 points and McGhee finished with 19 points. With a qualification berth to the 2006 FIBA World Championship earned and a spot guaranteed in the semifinals, the USA rested some of its key players and came up short 88-83 against Puerto Rico. Beasley led the USA effort with 18 points.

Brazil made 10 of its first 20 3-point shots while the USA made just two 3-balls the entire night and the combination resulted in a 93-75 loss for the U.S. in its semifinal contest. Lang, who played just 19 minutes before suffering a sprained ankle midway through the third quarter, finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, and McGhee was credited with 13 points.

Playing its 10th game in 12 days, despite 30 points (13-18 FGs) and 14 rebounds from Lang, the U.S. was unable to overcome Venezuela's clutch shooting and fell 93-83 in the bronze medal game

Brazil claimed the gold medal with an impressive 100-88 victory over Argentina in the gold medal game.

2005 USA MEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
AFFILIATION / SCHOOL
Jerome Beasley
F
6-10
224
24
Sioux Falls / North Dakota
Charlie Bell
G
6-3
175
26
Leche Rio / Michigan State
Adam Chubb
C
6-10
235
24
Ulsan Phoebus / Pennsylvania
Tyus Edney
G
5-10
16-
32
Lottomatica Roma / UCLA
Noel Felix
F
6-9
225
23
Yakama / Fresno State
Lynn Greer
G
6-1
175
25
Dynamo Moscow / Temple
Tang Hamilton
F
6-7
220
27
Fayetteville / Mississippi State
Chris Lang
C
6-11
247
25
Unicaja Malaga / North Carolina
Aaron McGhee
F
6-8
250
26
Pusan KTF / Oklahoma
Marque Perry
G
6-1
180
24
Olympicos / Saint Louis
Alex Scales
G
6-4
200
27
Samsung / Oregon
Ron Slay
F
6-8
225
24
Asheville / Tennessee
Head Coach: Mo McHone, Seoul SK (Korea)
Assistant Coach: Dennis Johnson, Austin Toros
Assistant Coach: Joey Meyer, Tulsa 66ers
Team Physician: Stephen Foley, Sioux Falls Skyforce
Athletic Trainer: Keith Jones, Houston Rockets

2005 USA MEN'S OLYMPIC QUALIFYING TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AS
BK
STL
Bell
10/10
52-133
.391
28- 77
.364
13- 16
.813
38/ 3.8
145/ 14.5
25
1
13
Lang
9/ 5
47- 80
.588
0- 3
.000
15- 23
.652
67/ 7.4
109/ 12.1
6
13
3
McGhee
10/10
40- 79
.506
4- 10
.400
23- 32
.719
69/ 6.9
107/ 10.7
10
1
4
Scales
9/ 5
32- 73
.438
15- 37
.405
14- 19
.737
29/ 3.2
93/ 10.3
22
1
11
Greer
10/ 0
31- 58
.534
12- 28
.429
11- 14
.786
18/ 1.8
85/ 8.5
25
0
9
Edney
10/10
28- 60
.467
2- 10
.200
22- 25
.880
19/ 1.9
80/ 8.0
27
0
9
Beasley
10/ 5
32- 77
.416
0- 1
.000
10- 14
.714
39/ 3.9
74/ 7.4
4
2
2
Slay
10/ 5
23- 65
.354
6- 20
.300
10- 14
.714
30/ 3.0
62/ 6.2
21
2
9
Hamilton
10/ 0
24- 49
.490
1- 6
.167
3- 3
1.000
54/ 5.4
52/ 5.2
8
6
1
Perry
8/ 0
9- 17
.529
1- 6
.167
1- 2
.500
2/ 0.3
12/ 2.0
5
1
5
Felox
6/ 0
4- 9
.444
0- 1
.000
4- 5
.800
11/ 1.8
12/ 2.0
0
1
0
Chubb
4/ 0
2- 6
.333
0- 1
.000
3- 4
.750
0/ 0.0
7/ 1.8
0
0
0
USA
10
324-706
.459
69-200
.345
129-171
.754
376/37.6
846/ 84.6
153
28
66
OPP.
10
302-691
.437
87-229
.380
159-212
.750
349/34.9
850/ 85.0
143
36
78

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