Why the USA remains to be alive within the World Cup after shedding to Lithuania

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

Anthony Edwards of the USA drives towards Rokas Jokubaitis of Lithuania. Yong Teck Lim/Getty Pictures

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, Staff USA stormed again to chop it to 6 by way of three. USA had its probabilities late, however Lithuania preserved one of many larger 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 the USA, 43-27.

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

Regardless of the loss, the USA 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 information from spherical one carried over to spherical two, and the highest two groups from every of the 4 teams superior to the quarterfinals.

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