John Calipari's US squad survives challenge from Germany in U19 World Cup

Ross Houston
July 9, 2017

Team USA lost to Canada on Saturday in the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup semifinal.

Today's Canada/USA game will be streamed online on ESPN3.com. "We just don't. What I'm seeing right now is us pressuring them, and at some point, they will back off". US coach John Calipari said.

United States of America will meet Canada on July 8th with the victor headed to gold medal game. "So, we'll go back and see if we can get something going".


Trailing 12-11 after Isaac Bonga hit a 3 for Germany, the U.S. scored six straight points to regain the lead, and following a basket from Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech) with two seconds remaining the quarter, the United States of America had a 19-13 lead after the first 10 minutes. The red, white and blue pushed its lead to 56-41 at the end of the third quarter for a 23-10 scoring advantage out of the halftime break and won the fourth quarter 25-18 for the game's final.

Future Wildcat P.J. Washington led the USA with 17 points - he leads the Americans in scoring at 14 points per game in this tournament. UAB rising sophomore Nate Darling had 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal for Canada in the win. That spurred a 11-0 spurt by the US, which included five points from Wiley and with 4:39 to go in the period the American men owned a 46-37 lead. Wiley scored seven points in the game-deciding run.

"We guarded", Calipari said. The club had five wins all by double digits, including three games with more than 100 points. In the second half, all those guys that have been starting, played well. Cameron [Reddish] played better in the second half.


The USA's bench outscored Germany by a whopping 39-7 margin. He only had one turnover and one foul in a tournament-high 30 minutes, finishing the day with a team-high efficiency rating of +23.

Kentucky's Tai Wynyard, a member of the New Zealand Tall Backs, scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a win over Mali Friday.

The U.S. got off to a slow start as they trailed 12-11 following a Germany three-pointer.


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