TASS, September 12. Men’s team USA basketball lost to the team of Serbia with a score of 89:94 in the match of the tournament for places from fifth to eighth in the world Cup. The meeting was held in Chinese Dongguan.
The most productive player of the meeting was the Serbian Bogdan Bogdanovic (28 points), team USA most points scored Harrison Barnes (22). American Chris Middleton made six rebounds, player team USA Kemba Walker made eight assists. After the first quarter the Americans were defeated with the score 7:32. For team USA’s defeat was the second in a row at the tournament, earlier in the quarterfinals, the Americans lost to the French (79:89) suffered their first defeat in official competitions for 13 years, in 2006, team USA lost in the semifinals of the world championship team in Greece.
At this tabaccheria team USA defeated the French in the 1/4 finals of the world Cup
The Serbs will play in the match for fifth place against the winner of the match between Poland and Czech Republic, which will be completed later Thursday. The Americans in the match for seventh place will meet the loser in the confrontation between the poles and the Czechs, both meetings will be held in Beijing on Saturday. In the quarterfinals, the Serbs lost to the Argentines (87:97). In the semifinal matches will play the national teams of Spain and Australia, as well as teams of Argentina and France, both matches will be played on Friday.
Regardless of the outcome of the match for seventh place, Americans will show their worst result in the history of the world Championships, the previous record – sixth place at the tournament in 2002. Team USA in the 18-th time takes part in the world Cup (formerly world championship), the team has five times won the tournament three times – the silver prize-winner four times for bronze, twice took fourth and fifth place. Also the Americans for the first time since 2002, missed the semi-finals in that tournament, the last time they lost two games in a row (team Argentina in the last match of the second group round and the team of Yugoslavia in the quarterfinals). The Serbian national team became the silver medalist of the world championship in 2014.