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USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team

USA vs. Puerto Rico - Things To Know

  • Date:
    Feb 23, 2020

The USA men wrap up the first-window of FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying action against Puerto Rico on Sunday, 3 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+. The game will be the second between the two teams in three days.

The 2020-21 FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying Tournament feature 16 teams from the Americas zone divided into four groups of four teams. The top three finishing teams in each group will earn qualifying berths in the FIBA AmeriCup 2021 (2020-21 AmeriCup Qualifying Results/Schedule).

FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying will consist of three windows, and each window will feature two games. The first window is Feb. 20-24, 2020. The USA will open play against Puerto Rico in San Juan on Feb. 20, then play a rematch versus Puerto Rico on Feb. 23 in Washington D.C.


After February games, the next two windows of AmeriCup qualifying play are Nov. 26-30, 2020, and Feb. 18-22, 2021.


The USA in window two will host the Bahamas on Nov. 27 and Mexico on Nov. 30 in Washington, D.C. And, the Americans will close out FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying play in window three, playing at the Bahamas on Feb. 18 and at Mexico on Feb. 21.

Here are some things to know about Sunday's USA-Puerto Rico FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying game.


The 2020 February USA AmeriCup Qualifying Team (USA Roster):
Former NBA head coach Mike Fratello is serving as head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s AmeriCup Qualifying Team. Longtime NBA and college assistant coach Andy Greer and former NBA and USA Basketball athlete Othella Harrington are serving as USA assistant coaches.


USA Leads Start to Finish, Downs Puerto Rico 83-70 in AmeriCup Qualifying Opener
The 2020 USA Men's AmeriCup Qualifying Team (1-0), which led from wire-to-wire, sprinted to a 27-point halftime lead and held off Puerto Rico (0-1) in the second half to take a 83-70 victory on Thursday night in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The Americans were led by a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds from Jalen Jones (Capital City Go-Go/Texas A&M). Also scoring in double digits were James Webb (Iowa Wolves/Boise State) with 13, Justin Anderson (Long Island Nets/Virginia) added 11 points and Jaylen Adams (Wisconsin Herd/St. Bonaventure), who shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and had a pair of 3s, chipped in 10 points. 

"Our team effort in the first half sensational. It was about as good of a first half as you can play. We defended and we shot the ball well," said USA head coach Mike Fratello. "Jalen (Jones) is an inspiration to us. Jalen is a guy who when he is on top and talking, he’s a glue, he brings our team together. And then when he steps up and makes a big shot at the right time, or a couple free throws when we need it, they're the keys to us being able to hang on.


"We have great respect for Puerto Rico, we knew at halftime, and all the players said it, not just me, the players said ‘they’ll come after us’ because they know that’s how Puerto Rico plays. But we had some big buckets along the way, some second shots, we made our free throws when we had to, and this guy (Jalen Jones) was the glue for our defense. So I’m very happy for these young men, very happy for us after a lot of hard work."



Coach Fratello's keys to Sunday's game:

"Both teams have an opportunity now, with a day off in between to travel and then use the next day to put some preparation in after watching the video and seeing what adjustments need to be made. What you’re trying to do is make the game easier for your guys. So we know Puerto Rico will come out with adjustments, we have a few adjustments that we want to make. We want to do well what we did well last game, but we want to do a couple of things that maybe we need to change, that weren’t as successful for us last game.


"We understand that both teams know each other, they know the sets you’re going to run, they know defensively what you’re doing most times. Now, how hard do you play? We’ll both be prepared and I’m sure their staff did exactly the same thing to get them ready, so you have to come out play hard, (have a) single mindedness of what you’re trying to accomplish and get done. You can’t let the bumps that come along during the course of a game to take you out, knock you out of whack. You’ve got stay focused in on what’s going on. Play hard, that’s the key thing, play hard in this next game and we’ll be fine."




Coach Fratello on how it was to be back on the sidelines coaching: 

"It was wonderful. I have quite a good staff who I turn to them for a lot.  During the course of the game, if there is a need I have no hesitation to turn to them and ask them their opinions, their suggestions, they’ve known that from the beginning. If they’ve got something they see, pass it on and let’s do it. It’s going to make us a better team and give us a better chance to win the game. That goes with substitutions, match-ups, what we’re running, it’s better to have four sets of eyes than just one set." 


USA-Puerto Rico Series Boasts of Plenty of History:
USA men's national and junior national teams own an all-time 56-9 win-loss record versus Puerto Rico. The USA defeated Puerto Rico 83-70 Thursday in San Juan. The two men’s national teams also met twice during the 2017-19 FIBA World Cup Qualifying games. The USA recorded 83-75 (2/26/18) and 85-78 (11/23/17) victories versus Puerto Rico in World Cup Qualifying play. 

The U.S. is 5-1 against Puerto Rico in Olympic games; 8-1 in World Cup games and 10-2 in FIBA Americas Championships contests.


Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.:
Sunday's AmeriCup Qualifying game is being played at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C. Opened in 2018, the new state-of-the-art home to Washington, DC’s WNBA Washington Mystics, NBA G League Capital City Go-Go, and as well as the official practice facility for the NBA Washington Wizards. In addition to Sunday's AmeriCup Qualifying game versus Puerto Rico, t
he USA will play AmeriCup Qualifying games at the Entertainment and Sports Arena against the Bahamas on Nov. 27, 2020, and Mexico on Nov. 30, 2020, at the Entertainment and Sports Arena.


AmeriCup Qualifiers Update:

All 16 nations participating in the AmeriCup Qualifier have now played one game. The USA (1-0) took down Puerto Rico (0-1) to earn a Group D victory and Mexico (1-0) defeated the Bahamas (0-1) 75-61 in Guadalajara. Group A action saw Venezuela (1-0) beat Argentina (0-1) on the road 74-68, and Colombia (1-0) nipped Chile (0-1) 60-59 in Valdivia, Chile. In Group B play, Brazil (1-0) won at home defeating Uruguay (0-1) 83-72, while Panama (1-0) claimed a home 82-79 win over Paraguay (0-1). Group C results saw Canada (1-0) run past the Dominican Republic (0-1) 89-72 and the U.S. Virgin Islands (1-0) handed Cuba (0-1) an 80-64 loss in Havana. 

USA - Puerto Rico Game Information:
The game is available via ESPN+
LiveStats: USA vs. Puerto Rico Live Stats 







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