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USA Basketball went into a bubble and emerged with a berth in the 2022 FIBA AmeriCup. Yante Maten scored 21 points, Josh Maggette added 19 and the U.S. topped Mexico 94-78 on Monday, moving to 4-0 in Group D qualifying and securing a spot in the tournament that serves as the championship of the 44 teams in the FIBA Americas zone — comprised of nations from North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. “It means a lot because I get to represent for my country,” Maten said. “I think everyone can represent in a different way and I represent mine through basketball. I’m very honored to be here and to be able to say that I helped accomplish something big.”
Patrick Mills: Well that’s awks. Not the ultimate award I was after, but I was told by @BasketballAus on the bus post game that I made the All-Star Five. Nek Minute… ??????? Throw it on the fire ?? WE’LL BE BACK #Tokyo2020 @AUSOlympicTeam

Storyline: World Cup
After winning gold medals with USA Basketball at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup, R.J. Hampton has withdrawn from the USA U19 World Cup team, his father told ZAGSBLOG. “Being a professional, he’s got to have an insurance policy,” Rod Hampton said Thursday by phone. “We haven’t gotten the insurance all set, you know if he gets hurt. And that’s all it was.”
The United States made a stirring rally to erase a 20-point deficit and win the gold-medal game of AmeriCup 2017, but Hawks swingman Nico Brussino performed brilliantly for Argentina in defeat. The 24-year-old scored a game-high 26 points on 8-for-11 shooting from the field, while also adding 6 rebounds and 6 assists. His ability to make baskets from a full step beyond the three-point line and his skill for finding open teammates in position to score kept the United States defense on edge for the full 40 minutes of the top international competition among countries of North and South America.
USA Basketball‏: FINAL: 🇺🇸 #USABAmeriCup 81, 🇦🇷 Argentina 76. What. A. Win. The USA erases a 20-point second half deficit to claim #AmeriCup2017 gold!