Wright, USA Move to Semis
July 31, 2004Halifax, Canada - Indiana junior guard Bracey Wright scored two points as the USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team (3-0) pushed past Puerto Rico (2-1) 92-79 at the 2004 FIBA Americas World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Tournament on Friday night.
"We're getting better, we were better tonight than we were last night," said USA and University of Oklahoma head coach Kelvin Sampson. "That's the important thing in this tournament, you have to keep getting better. The next two games will be tough opponents."
Played in front of 1,500 fans at the Halifax Metro Center, Sean May posted his second double-double in as many games with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Hassan Adams and Adam Morrison contributed 13 and 11 points, respectively, to the win.
Defending champions at this event, Argentina (3-0) remained undefeated after cruising past Canada (2-1) 76-70, while Brazil (1-2) earned its first victory after vanquishing Venezuela (0-3) 76-68 and the Bahamas (1-2) finished off the Dominican Republic (0-3) 82-79.
With the win, the U.S. advances to the semifinals as the top seed in Group B and will face Canada, which finished second in Group A, at 8:00 p.m. on July 31. The first semifinal, featuring Group A No. 1 finisher Argentina and Puerto Rico, the No. 2 team in Group B, will tip-off at 6:00 p.m. The gold medal game will be contested at 8:00 p.m. on Aug. 1, preceded by the 6:00 p.m. bronze medal contest.
The top three finishing teams at this tournament qualify for the 2005 FIBA World Championship For Young Men. However, because Argentina earns an automatic berth as host country of next summer's event, all four nations in the semifinals are assured of advancing to the 2005 Young Men's Worlds.
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