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MWCQ Team Nov 2018


  • Date:
    Jul 28, 2020

La Rioja, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay • November 29-December 2, 2018

Faced with the difficult task in window five of playing road games against strong Argentina and Uruguay national teams, USA head coach Jeff Van Gundy directed his squad a critcal split which insured the United States men of a 2019 FIBA World Cup qualifying berth.

NOV./DEC. 2018 USA RESULTS (1-1)

USA 63
Uruguay 70

Despite starting the game by scoring the first 12 points and jumping out to a 12-0 lead, the USA was unable to sustain its scoring and fell to Argentina 80-63 on Nov. 29, 2018, in front of passionate, at-capacity home crowd number 11,000 plus in La Rioja, Argentina.

The win earned Argentina sole possession of first place of the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualifying second round Group E, and the USA fell to second place.

“Argentina is a tremendous team, and after the first five minutes they kicked our butts,” said USA head coach Jeff Van Gundy. “And, give them all the credit, they played a terrific game on both ends of the floor.

“We had a rough night all around. I don’t think there were a lot of positives for us in this game, and so much of sport is about when you get your butt kicked how you respond. We’re together three more days, we get another chance on Sunday (versus Uruguay), and hopefully we play much better,” added Van Gundy.

The USA held Argentina scoreless for more than four minutes to start the game, and behind points supplied by four different U.S. players, including back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game from Julian Washburn and Travis Trice, the USA jumped out to a 12-0 lead with 4:47 left in the opening quarter.

Argentina got its offense on track and fought its way to within three points by the end of the first quarter, and the USA led 16-13 after the first 10 minutes. The USA held onto its lead until the final minute of the second quarter and trailed at halftime, 35-32, after Argentina scored the first half’s final three points from the foul line.

Washburn opened the third quarter with a U.S. basket to cut Argentina’s lead to 35-34, but Argentina responded with an 8-0 run to pull ahead 43-34. The Americans trailed 48-40 with 2:41 left in the third, and Argentina capped the quarter with a 10-0 run that resulted in the USA being outscored 23-8 in the third period.

Argentina carried a 58-40 lead into the game’s final 10 minutes, and although the U.S. cut the deficit to 63-50 after a Scotty Hopson basket with 6:11 to play, Argentina turned back the rally with six consecutive points and sailed on for the 80-63 win.

“We just didn’t really execute, and we didn’t hit shots,” said USA guard Trice. “You have to give them credit, they came out with a lot of energy. We made the first punch, and they answered back.”

Trice led the USA scoring with 16 points and added four assists, Reggie Hearn, Hopson and Chasson Randle each accounted for nine points.

The USA narrowly lost the rebounding battle as Argentina recorded 45 rebounds to the USA’s 44. Tyler Zeller accounted for 12 rebounds for the USA, while Eric Moreland added eight. 

Trailing Uruguay by four points heading into the fourth quarter, 54-50, the USA, behind eight points apiece from Hopson and Trice, outscored host Uruguay 28-16 in the fourth quarter to claim a 78-70 victory and a earn the United States a berth in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

"Defensively we were great. We were down 61-54 and things going not well for us – ejections, losses of poise, and then we defended well and made some big shots, some big 3s," said Van Gundy. “Eric Moreland was terrific tonight."

Trice led the way for the USA overall with 17 points to go with five rebounds and four assists; John Jenkins scored 13 points; Hopkins, who went 7-of-8 from the line, including 6-of-6 in the final stanza, added 10 points; Moreland contributed a double-double of 10 points and a game-high 13 caroms; while Randle also chipped in 10 points.
Early in the fourth period, Uruguay pulled ahead 64-56 for its largest lead of the game after knocking down its 12th 3-pointer at 5:50. Back-to-back baskets by the USA helped pull the red, white and blue back to within four points with five minutes to play. Uruguay made the first of two from the line with 4:09 to play and led 65-60.
However, the USA's defense held Uruguay scoreless for more than three minutes, while scoring 12-consecutive points.
Trice drew a foul and made both his attempts to kick-off the run. Trice followed that with a jumper, and then Hopson stepped to the line and swished both tries to put the U.S. in the lead for good, 66-65. The USA, which made eight 3-pointers on the night, hit a pair of 3s in a 39-second span, and with 1:17 to play, held a 72-65 lead.
Over the final 43 seconds Uruguay hit a pair of free throws and its final 3 of the game, while the USA closed out the game hitting 6-of-6 from the line for the 78-70 win and World Cup berth.
"Frankly it’s a relief," Van Gundy added about the USA  qualifying for the World Cup. "It’s a relief to get it done and I’m happy for everybody at USA Basketball, but no person more than Sean Ford, who has invested everything into this and for Gregg Popovich to be able to coach our great players at the World Cup in China. I'm really happy for those two guys.”
The USA opened the game on a 7-2 spurt, and held a 22-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter, won by Uruguay 23-17, see-sawed, and the hosts scored the half's final points to take a 40-39 edge heading into the locker room at intermission. 
In the third quarter, the USA managed to knot the game at 46-apiece, but its offense wasn't able to get going as Uruguay outscored the USA 14-11 in the third stanza.
In the end, however, the USA's inside game, which outscored Uruguay 22-14 in the paint; its transition game, which earned 26 points off of 18 turnovers; as well as its bench, which outscored Uruguay's subs 36-22, were too much for Uruguay to overcome, despite the hosts shooting 43.3 percent (13-30 3pt FGs) from 3-point on the night.
The USA, which held a 41-38 rebounding edge, finished the night shooting 42.2 percent (27-64 FGs) from the field and 36.4 percent (8-22 3pt FGs) from afar.  


Joel Berry II G 6-0 195 23 South Bay Lakers/North Carolina
Orlando, FL
Reggie Hearn G 6-4 209 26 Stockton Kings/Northwestern
Fort Wayne, IN
Scotty Hopson G 6-7 230 29 Oklahoma City Blue/Tennessee
Hopkinsville, KY
John Jenkins G 6-4 215 27 Westchester Knicks/Vanderbilt
Hendersonville, TN
DeAndre Liggins F 6-6 209 30 Sioux Falls Skyforce/Kentucky
Chicago, IL
Eric Moreland F 6-10 238 26 Free Agent/Oregon State
Missouri City, TX
Chasson Randle G 6-2 185 25 Capital City Go-Go/Stanford
Rock Island, IL
Cameron Reynolds F 6-8 225 23 Stockton Kings/Tulane
Pearland, TX
Richard Solomon
F 6-11 235 26 Oklahoma City Blue/California
Inglewood, CA
Travis Trice G 6-2 177 25 Austin Spurs/Michigan State
Huber Heights, OH
Juian Washburn F 6-8 220 26 Austin Spurs/Texas El-Paso
Duncanville, TX
Tyler Zeller C 7-0 259 28 Free Agent/North Carolina
Washington, IN
Head Coach: Jeff Van Gundy
Assistant Coach: Mark Fox
Assistant Coach: John Thompson II
Team Physician:Stephen Foley, Sanford Health (Sioux Falls, SD)
Athletic Trainer:Ed Lacerte, ProSports Therapy, Inc. (Waltham and Westford, MA)
Team Scout: Othella Harrington
Video Coordinator: Luke Stanaland


Trice 2/2 10- 22 .455 6- 11 .545 7- 8 .875 6/ 3.0 33/ 16.5 8 0 2
Hopson 2/0 6- 21 .286 1- 6 .167 7- 8 .875 7/ 3.5 20/ 10.0 4 0 2
Randle 2/0 7- 16 .438 3- 7 .429 2- 2 1.000 2/ 1.0 19/ 9.5 2 1 1
Jenkins 2/2 5- 16 .313 2- 7 .286 3- 3 1.000 5/ 2.5 15/ 7.5 1 1 1
Hearn 2/0 5- 16 .313 2- 10 .200 2- 5 .400 5/ 2.5 14/ 7.0 0 0 3
Moreland 2/0 6- 10 .600 0- 0 .--- 0- 4 .000 21/10.5 12/ 6.0 2 3 3
2/2 5- 7 .714 0- 2 .000 0- 1 .000 6/ 3.0 10/ 5.0 0 1 0
Zeller 2/2 3- 9 .333 0- 0 .--- 0- 0 .--- 14/ 7.0 6/ 3.0 0 1 0
Washburn 2/2 2- 3 .667 1- 2 .500 0- 0 .--- 1/ 0.5 5/ 2.5 0 0 1
Berry 2/0 2- 8 .250 0- 3 .000 0- 0 .--- 3/ 1.5 4/ 2.0 1 0 0
Reynolds 2/0 1- 7 .143 1- 3 .333 0- 0 .--- 2/ 1.0 3/ 1.5 1 1 1
Liggins 0/0 0- 0 .--- 0- 0 .--- 0- 0 .--- 0/ 0.0 0/ 0.0 0 0 0
USA 2 52-135 .385 16- 51 .314 21- 31 .667 85/42.5 141/ 70.5 19 8 14
OPP. 2 48-126 .381 23- 62 .371 31- 49 .633 83/41.5 150/ 75.0 36 8 20





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