USA Basketball wins bronze at FIBA AmeriCup, Argentina takes gold over Brazil – NBC Chicago
USA Basketball did not come home from the AmeriCup empty-handed.
Gary Clark scored 18 points and the United States rallied in the final minutes to outscore Canada 84-80 in Sunday’s bronze medal game.
The Americans went 26-10 over a 7-minute streak in the final quarter, turning a 63-56 deficit into an 82-73 lead.
“I’m happy for our guys,” USA coach Alex Jensen said. “It was an honor to be a part of it.”
It was the ninth time in 11 appearances at the AmeriCup – the FIBA Americas Region Championship – that the United States won a medal. The Americans have won gold seven times, silver once and now have bronze.
Canada was aiming for a seventh medal in 19 appearances at the event.
Jodie Meeks – an NBA champion who spent 10 years in the league with seven teams – scored what could have been her last three points as a competitive player in this late run of USA Meeks’ only points on day on which he was the victim of a fault. a 3-point try and made all three free throws with 3:31 to go, leading the United States to a 71-71 tie.
Meeks plans to retire and start a coaching career. His teammates sent him off with a medal, and Clark’s layup with 1:43 to play put the Americans ahead for good.
“It was definitely an experience for our guys,” Clark said. ” The weather’s nice. I think most guys were upset that they couldn’t get into the ocean because of the sharks…but we enjoyed our stay here.”
Abu Kigab scored 18 points for Canada, while Kadre Gray and Jahvon Henry-Blair had 15 each.
Zylan Cheatham scored 16 goals for USA, while Craig Sword added 11 and Norris Cole led the team with eight assists.
The medalists’ homecoming, even if it wasn’t a big event like the Olympics or the World Cup, was not trivial for the group of G League players and international players that the United States has brought together for this trip.
“From day one, I felt it,” Jensen said. “You are part of a special group.”
Later on Sunday, Gabriel Deck’s lay-up with 16.1 seconds left allowed Argentina to beat Brazil 75-73 in the gold medal match.
Deck scored 20 points, Nicolas Laprovittola added 15 and Facundo Campazzo had 13 for Argentina. Vitor Benite led Brazil with 18 points, while Marcelinho Huertas and Yago Santos each scored 11.