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US suffers worst finish in Fiba World Cup

Beijing, China—Outgoing champions the United States won their final match at the Basketball World Cup—but it was still their worst finishing place in the tournament’s history.

US suffers worst finish in Fiba World Cup
Jaylen Brown (9) of Team USA protects the ball in the paint against Team Poland during the 2019 FIBA World Cup Classification 7-8 at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China. AFP
Team USA defeated Poland 87-74 in a low-key “classification” game in Beijing to take seventh overall, their lowest position since the competition began in 1950.

Gregg Popovich’s team at least managed to avoid a third defeat in a row, but it was an anti-climactic denouement to their title defense.

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists.

This US roster is missing the NBA’s elite names, but the Americans were still fancied to at least reach Sunday’s final in China.

However, they were dumped out in the quarter-finals by France, then lost their subsequent classification match to Serbia, in what was billed as the title game that never was.

The US have at least qualified to defend their Olympic title in Tokyo next summer. 

Sunday’s World Cup final is between Argentina and Spain. 

Topics: Basketball World Cup , Team USA , Poland , Donovan Mitchell
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