Team USA trailed Serbia late in the fourth quarter but managed to battle back for a 80-78 win to advance to 2-0 in FIBA U19 World Championship group play. Michigan sophomore Tim Hardaway Jr. had an up and down game, making just one of seven three point shots, but hit the game winner with 47 seconds remaining. Hardaway finished the game with 11 points, a team high four assists, two steals and one rebound in 22 minutes.
Joe Jackson (Memphis) led Team USA with 19 points while Patric Young (13) and Tony Mitchell Jr. (11) also reached double figures. Team USA made 25 of 27 free throws but connected on just 1 of 13 three pointers. (Box score)
Through two games, Hardaway is averaging 9 points and four assists while shooting 42% from the field. Quotes and notes after the jump.
Here are some quotes from Tim Hardaway Jr. (via USA Basketball) on the game:
Talk about tonight’s game:
It came down to some big plays. We didn’t hold our head down, we all came together as a team and I think this W proves to everybody that we are playing together and we are getting better, and at the same time we’re not holding our heads down or fussing or fighting even though we were down five with 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter. We all came together and said, ‘let’s huddle up and get the W’ and it paid off.
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