Tuesday, July 3, 2012

US Hammers France, Tyus Jones Drops Out of Starting Lineup

The USA 17Us clobbered France 86-50 to go 4-0 in the preliminary round of the World Championship play in Lithuania. USA led just 16-13 after 1 period, but stretched it to 40-24 after 2 and 60-32 after 3 to win easily.

And they did it while shooting poorly. USA shot 39 percent from the field to France's 31 percent, and just 17 percent on 3-point attempts versus France's 20, and 52 percent from the FT line to France's 50. But USA dominated the possession game, snaring an unreal 28 offensive boards to France's 15, and forcing 30 French turnovers while committing 16 of their own.

USA was led by Jahlil Okafor with 21 points and 13 boards. Justise Winslow added 7 steals.

Tyus Jones, Apple Valley, MN, led USA with 5 assists despite losing his starting spot. Coming off the bench, he played 21 minutes, scored 8 points on 2-of-6 shooting, with 5 assists and 4 steals. Jones continues to lead USA with 18 assists in 4 games, and his 7 steals are #3 among the Americans. He is shooting 5-of-11 (.524), 4th best on the team.

USA closes out the preliminary round tomorrow (Wednesday) vs. China/ The quarters, semis and finals  are scheduling for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Now 4-0, it would be a shocker if USA settled for anything less than a world title.

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