Friday, October 28, 2011

USA Basketball Pulls Off Stunning Upset Against Brazil

The St. Louis Cardinals weren't the only team to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat last night. Taking on the two-time defending Pan-Am Games Champions Brazil, the U.S. found themselves in a 17-point hole midway through the third quarter down 55-38. But over the game's final 14:51, the U.S. went on an improbable 50-22 run, including a 20-2 run to start the 4th quarter and the Americans pulled off a stunning 88-77 upset. Blake Ahearn led the way with 21 points, Justin Dentmon chipped in 16 and Lance Thomas had 8 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds as the Americans improved to 2-0 in the tournament. Preliminary round play concludes tonight with the U.S. taking on winless Uruguay.
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The USA hasn't won gold at the PanAm games since 1983. That squad was littered with talent as it featured future NBA stars Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Mark Price and Wayman Tisdale. Chris Mullin was also on the roster but fractured his foot in an exhibition game before the tournament began. Not surprisingly, the U.S. went 8-0 en route to the title that year with 20 year old Jordan averaging 17.3 points a game.
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