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.
USA Routs Canada to Reach Final Four; Rosario, Fontan Combine for 45 in Loss; Cobbins Injured at Reebok
Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 20 points and Seth Curry and Howard Thompkins had 12 apiece as the U.S. routed Canada 93-73 in the quarterfinals of the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand.
Tyshawn Taylor and John Schurna added 10 points apiece for the Americans (7-0).
The U.S. set a record for most 3-point field goals made and highest single game 3-point shooting percentage, making 14-for-26.
“We didn’t play well in our last game and that may have been understandable as it was our sixth game and we had our spot (into the quarterfinals) clinched. But I thought today we played with a real sense of focus and urgency, especially offensively. I thought we were unselfish,” said USA and University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon
Texas-bound wing Tristan Thompson led Canada 18 points and 8 boards.
The U.S. will face Croatia (6-1) Saturday.
Croatia downed Puerto Rico 91-78 despite Mike Rosario’s 25 points and 7 rebounds and Jio Fontan’s 20 points, 4 assists and 3 steals.
“We gave our all,” Fontan said. “Croatia’s a tough team to play and they run good sets, their big guys shoot the ball from the outside and finish on the inside, so they’re a real good team and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take out the gold medal.
Greece (5-2) will face Australia (7-0) in the other medal semifinal game Saturday. Winners of the semifinal match-up advance to Sunday’s 7:30 p.m. gold medal game.
COBBINS INJURED AT REEBOK
It was tough to see Michael Cobbins, a 6-9, 210-pound big man from Amarillo, Texas, laid out on the floor at the Reebok All-American Camp.
Cobbins injured his knee cap and was taken away on a stretcher to Temple University Hospital. His father and camp director Chris Rivers are with him.
“We’re sitting here waiting for a prognosis from the doctor,” Rivers said.
The game involving his Baller Circuit team was suspended.
We hope he’s OK but it didn’t look good.
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.