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2011 USA Men's Pan American Games Team

SIXTEENTH PAN AMERICAN GAMES – 2011

  • Date:
    Jan 25, 2012

Guadalajara, Mexico •  October 26-30, 2011


With the 2011 Pan American Games men's basketball competition being held Oct. 26-30, USA Basketball fielded a team that featured players and coaches from the NBA Development League. While a frigid shooting day versus host Mexico in the medal round semifinals eliminated the Americans from the gold medal hunt, the U.S. persevered to earn its first Pan American Games medal since 1999 when it defeated the Dominican Republic 94-92 to capture the bronze medal.


2011 USA RESULTS (3-2)
USA 77
Dominican Rep.
76
USA 88
Brazil
77
Uruguay 82
USA
80
Mexico 71
USA
55
USA 94
Dominican Rep.
92

2011 PAN AMERICAN GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. Puerto Rico (4-1) 5. Brazil (2-2)
2. Mexico (3-2) 6. Canada (1-3)
3. USA (3-2) 7. Argentina (2-2)
4. Dom. Rep. (2-3) 8. Uruguay (1-3)

Directed by Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts, the U.S. was led by Lance Thomas' double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds, but it was Marcus Lewis’ two blocked shots in the game’s final 12 seconds that earned the USA a 77-76 victory over the Dominican Republic in both teams opening game. The USA mounted a miraculous comeback to record an impressive 88-77 win over Brazil. Behind Blake Ahearn’s 21 points, and Justin Dentmon’s 16 points, the USA stormed back from 17 points down midway in the third quarter to claim a remarkable 11-point win. Assured of Group B's No. 1 seed for the medal round, after making the plays needed in the closing minutes to win their first two games at the Pan American Games, the USA came up short and fell 82-80 to Uruguay in its final preliminary round game. The game came down to plays in the final minute and Uruguay made enough to slip past the U.S. Jerome Dyson paced the U.S. with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor and 4-of-6 from 3-point.

Carrying Group B's No. 1 seed into the medal round semifinals, there couldn’t have been a worse time for the USA’s shooting to go South. Making just 32.7 percent (18-53) of its shots for the game and sinking only 23.5 percent of its attempts from behind the 3-point line, the USA fell 71-55 to host Mexico who was spurred on to the win by a capacity and raucous crowd. Leo Lyons finished as the USA’s leading scorer with 13 points and made 5-of-7 shots overall and was a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point. Dyson added 10 points and five rebounds, while Ahearn tossed in nine points, and Donald Sloan accounted for seven points and a USA best eight rebounds.

Behind a balanced scoring effort that saw all 12 USA players score, including five in double digits, the USA fought to a well earned 94-92 bronze medal game victory over the Dominican Republic. In an offensive game that saw the two teams combine to score 186 points, the game’s outcome was decided by a defensive stop by the American squad in the final seconds. Clinging to a 94-92 lead, the USA's 6'8" Thomas well defended the Dominican's 3-point attempt that missed its mark and the USA had its narrow win and the 2011 Pan American Games bronze medals. The USA’s offensive showing was led by Thomas, who finished with 14 points. Lewis added 12 points and seven rebounds, Dentmon tallied 12 points and five assists, Sloan scored 11 and Lyons finished with 10 points. Gregory Stiemsma tied a USA single game record for blocked shots with four, and added six points and two rebounds in 13 minutes of action.

"I’m excited about this. It’s our first medal since 1999 and I’m really proud of our guys for bouncing back after a tough loss yesterday and coming out and playing hard this morning,” said Tibbetts following his squad's determined showing in the bronze medal game.

2011 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM ROSTER

NAME POS HGT WGT AGE AFFILIATION COLLEGE
Blake Ahearn G 6-2 190 27 Erie Bayhawks Missouri State
Brian Butch C 6-11 240 26 Bakersfield Jam Wisconsin
Justin Dentmon G 6-0 185 26 Texas Legends Washington
Jerome Dyson G 6-3 180 24 Tulsa 66ers Connecticut
Moses Ehambe G 6-6 200 25 Iowa Energy Oral Roberts
Marcus Lewis F 6-8 245 25 Tulsa 66ers Oral Roberts
Leo Lyons F 6-9 240 24 Austin Toros Missouri
Renaldo Major F 6-6 210 29 Dakota Wizards Fresno State
Donald Sloan G 6-3 205 23 Reno Bighorns Texas A&M
Gregory Stiemsma C 6-11 260 26 Sioux Falls Skyforce Wisonsin
Curtis Sumpter F 6-7 220 27 Tulsa 66ers Villanova
Lance Thomas F 6-8 225 23 Austin Toros Duke
HEAD COACH: Nate Tibbetts, Tulsa 66ers
ASSISTANT COACH: Jermaine Byrd, Tulsa 66ers
ASSISTANT COACH: Dale Osbourne, Tulsa 66ers
TEAM PHYSICIAN: Stephen Foley, Sioux Falls Skyforce
ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tony Katzenmeier, Tulsa 66ers

2011 USA PAN AMERICAN MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G/S FGM-A PCT 3PM-A PCT FTM-A PCT REB PTS AS BK ST
Dyson 5/5 17- 44 .386 7- 18 .389 16- 29 .552 15/ 3.0 57/ 11.4 10 0 7
Ahearn 5/0 15- 29 .517 6- 13 .462 14- 14 1.000 7/ 1.4 50/ 10.0 5 0 0
Dentmon 5/0 14- 32 .438 6- 16 .375 12- 14 .857 4/ 0.8 46/ 9.2 16 0 4
Sloan 5/5 12- 34 .353 4- 8 .500 14- 15 .933 17/ 3.4 42/ 8.4 12 0 0
Thomas 5/0 16- 36 .444 0- 0 .--- 9- 10 .900 38/ 7.6 41/ 8.2 3 0 2
Lewis 5/0 16- 34 .471 0- 3 .200 7- 13 .538 26/ 5.2 39/ 7.8 6 3 4
Lyons 5/5 12- 23 .522 6- 9 .667 3- 3 1.000 20/ 4.0 33/ 6.6 6 1 0
Major 5/5 10- 24 .417 0- 0 .--- 3- 4 .775 9/ 1.8 23/ 4.6 0 1 2
Ehambe 5/0 9- 28 .321 5- 19 .263 0- 0 .--- 14/ 2.8 23/ 4.6 0 1 1
Stiemsma 5/5 8- 9 .889 0- 0 .---0 3- 3 1.000 14/ 2.8 19/ 3.8 4 11 3
Butch 4/0 5- 19 .263 1- 9 .111 2- 4 .500 8/ 2.0 13/ 3.3 3 0 3
Sumpter 4/0 4- 9 .444 0- 2 .000 0- 0 .--- 1/ 0.3 8/ 2.0 3 0 1
USA 5 183-321 .430 35- 97 .361 83-109 .761 173/34.6 394/ 78.8 68 17 27
OPP. 5 139-319 .436 39-115 .339 81-113 .717 156/31.2 398/ 79.6 86 11 31

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