The result gave Argentina a berth in the Tokyo Olympics. Canada will get another opportunity to book a ticket for the Games at a qualifier this fall. Captain Katherine Wright had the lone goal for the 18th-ranked Canadians, who generated few opportunities against their third-ranked opponents. Midfielder Natalie Sourisseau found a loose ball but her shot sailed wide.
The answer was yes, and they'll have a special memento to show for it. Team USA on the bronze-medal podium. Heavy pre-tournament favorite Argentina won the gold medal with an defeat of Puerto Rico, a team that included former Monmouth University big man Chris Brady.
Everyone doubted us, but we kept at it. We played with confidence. Hall junior wing Myles Cale also saw time off the bench.
Powell, who is a surefire preseason All-American, averaged Do other things to win the game. You are a winner. Powell also forged a bond with Cooley, saying "words can't even explain," how much he respects the Providence coach. Seton Hall Athletics How tough was the competition?
The collegiate-led U. The previous two contingents also earned bronze medals. Those squads were hodgepodge collections of collegians with some pros sprinkled in.
This marked the first time USA Basketball asked a college conference to field the entire team. This is an impressive accomplishment. There were ups and downs, but it means something to win a medal for your country. Throughout the tournament, they represented America well.
Take a bow, Big East. Setting aside the runaway opener against a non-competitive Virgin Island squad, the second half against the DR was their best half of basketball, especially on the defensive end. The starters came through with a medal on the line.
Gillespie and Samuels showed you why Villanova has so much potential this year.
Powell made the most of his opportunities and was unselfish to the core. Diallo continued to impressive with his versatility.
Groselle was the most pleasant surprise this week; he held down the post like seasoned pro, with little relief. This experience will be something these guys can draw on later. The bonds formed, the ability to adapt on the fly, the grit developed going against grown men, and the feeling of representing your country are intangibles of incalculable value -- Cooley appropriately called it a "life opportunity.
For college hoops junkies, this was fun. That was pros vs. There probably is no combination of college players that could have won this game, but the Big East roster, which is so thin on true bigs and point guards, had virtually no chance.
On the flip side, a loss to the DR and a medal-less return would be a disappointment and leave the perception that the league dropped the ball. Despite the blowout, the junior wing played just 14 minutes vs.
Argentina and shot 0-for Shame on ESPN. Fans have been left with four straight nights of a Spanish-language online feed. Conspiracy theorists, have at it. Against the U. In PR's semifinal win over the Dominican Republic, Brady logged 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 10 minutes.
He tallied 8 points and 3 boards in Mexico's win over the Virgin Islands in the 7th-place game. For the DR, former St. He tallied 4 points and 2 boards in the DR's upset of Argentina.
He went scoreless in four minutes of Saturday's semifinal loss to Puerto Rico. Colossal meltdown by the United States, blowing a point lead.
Guard play in particular struggled mightily. The technical foul that disqualified Myles Powell was a horrendous piece of officiating. See the replay below.
Does Powell have to do everything for this team? So the Americans have to take the hard road, meeting pre-tournament favorite Argentina in the semis.
Wonder if ESPN will cut away from the game to show boxing again, or perhaps fencing or ballroom dancing. In the fourth quarter, when Venezuela pulled within five, the senior guard slung team USA on his back and carried them across the finish line. Powell found a gear few others can reach, and on the international stage that is awfully impressive.
Collin Gillespie and David Duke combined for just one assist. The ball movement in general was poor after a strong passing effort in the opener.
Lots of one-on-one. This had a road-game feel for the U. The arena looked pretty crowded and the crowd clearly was pulling for the South American squad.
The perimeter defense seemed somewhat improved from the loosey-goosey opener, but Venezuela also could not throw the ball in the ocean. The victory clinches a spot in the medal round for the USA, which is and will take on Puerto Rico in the final game of group play Friday at 10 p.
The loser likely will draw pre-tourney favorite Argentina in the semifinals. Side note: Seton Hall's Myles Cale played just one minute, although he did strum some impressive air guitar on the bench when Powell canned the 4-pointer.
The U. Puerto Rico. Three games in three days with two more coming. Jermaine Samuels Villanova 16 points on FGs, 4 rebounds. Collin Gillespie Villanova 11 points, 3 assists in a team-high