June 12, 2024

Sports activities Information

This loss was a setback, but it surely wasn’t a backbreaker.

Anthony Edwards of america drives in opposition to Rokas Jokubaitis of Lithuania. Yong Teck Lim/Getty Photos

The US misplaced, 110-104, to a Jonas Valanciunas-led Lithuania group Sunday in 2023 FIBA World Cup second-round motion.

After falling behind, 54-37, at halftime, Group USA stormed again to chop it to 6 via three. USA had its possibilities late, however Lithuania preserved one of many greater wins in its nation’s historical past.

Anthony Edwards led all scorers with 35 factors, and Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges added 14 apiece. Seven Lithuania gamers scored in double figures, and Lithuania out-rebounded america, 43-27.

Lithuania additionally shot 56 p.c from 3-point vary and 80 p.c from the road.

Regardless of the loss, america isn’t eradicated from the match and has additionally secured its spot within the 2024 Olympics. After successful each recreation convincingly in spherical one, the U.S. did greater than sufficient to advance.

The US entered Group J, alongside Lithuania, Montenegro, and Greece. The data from spherical one carried over to spherical two, and the highest two groups from every of the 4 teams superior to the quarterfinals.

Group USA beat Montenegro, 85-73, on Friday in a classification recreation, which secured its spot within the quarters. Sunday’s matchup gave Lithuania the upper seed.

The US will face Italy within the quarterfinals Tuesday.

Spain received the 2019 FIBA World Cup after the U.S. was knocked out within the quarterfinals. The U.S. has received all of it 5 instances, with its final triumph coming in 2014.