Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Two Big East guards led their teams to victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand on July 4.
Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs had 18 points and 6 assists to lead the U.S. to a 112-55 rout of Egypt. Gibbs is leading the team in scoring at 12.7 points per game.
The Americans are 3-0.
Shelvin Mack had 14 points and 4 assists, while forwards John Shurna and Howard Thompkins scored 13 points.“We handled things well today,” said USA head coach Jamie Dixon. “We knew this was a game that we should win. What I was impressed with was the focus and determination we showed today. One of our goals was to finish the preliminary round with our group’s No. 1 seed and we achieved that today. Another goal of ours is to continue to improve throughout the tournament and over the last two games I think we have, especially defensively.”Rutgers guard Mike Rosario dropped 28 points for the second straight game to lead Puerto Rico to an 86-49 rout of Angola.Rosario is the second-leading scorer in the tournament through three games at 24.3 ppg.
Puerto Rico is now 2-1.
(Photo courtesy FIBA)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.