John Calipari leads U19 Team USA to first loss since 2011


John Calipari leads U19 Team USA to first loss since 2011

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Taking a 56-41 lead into the fourth quarter, Germany went to zone defense and the USA opened the final stanza with Payton Pritchard (Oregon/West Linn, Ore.) knocking down back-to-back 3s, which were followed by Edwards adding another 3 as the US pushed its lead to 65-45 and never looked back. US has defeated Canada by 20 or more points in each of those contests, which includes a 109-67 blowout victory in 2013.

The Calipari-led United States squad got a strong challenge from Germany on Friday, but pulled away late for an 81-59 win that put the red, white and blue in the semifinals of the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. "The way we are doing this, when we are playing 10 or 11 kids and they are playing 22 or 18 minutes, you just keep coming at people in waves". Spain and Italy will play in the other semifinal. We don't have any weak links on this team.

Behind a defense that wreaked havoc in the second half, and a 19-point, 10-rebound double-double by Austin Wiley (Auburn), the U.S. battled to the win.

Italy immediately hit back to trailing by just one point at half-time before each team accrued 16 points in the third.

Wiley is averaging 10.7 points and 11.3 rebounds per game in the tournament, making him the event's second-leading rebounder in board per game and leader in total rebounds. The Germans, who outscored the Americans 11-5 at the end of the first half, opened the third quarter on a 6-2 spurt to take a 37-35 lead. In the second half, all those guys that have been starting, played well.

The U.S. defense allowed not only Barrett to excel, but also Oregon-bound wing Agu Kigab (14 points) and 6-10 forward Grant Shephard (10 points).

Along with its offensive prowess in he second half, the Americans limited Germany to just 28 points in the final two quarters. "We had nearly 50 points in the second half and played how we had been playing".

"It was just a real physical game", Wiley said. 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.

Wiley went 4 for 8 from the field and just 3 for 7 from the free-throw line in the loss. Additionally, the USA force Germany into 23 turnovers that led to 20 points.



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