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.
One day after Rutgers guard Mike Rosario dropped a career-high 54 points on France, the U.S. held him to 11 points in an 82-61 victory in the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand.
Howard Thompkins (14 points, 9 rebounds) and Gordon Hayward (11 points, 7 rebounds) led the way for the USA, and Duke guard Seth Curry (pictured) scored 9 points. Pitt guard Ashton Gibbs and Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor, both New Jersey natives, added 8 points apiece.
Fordham guard Jio Fontan led Puerto Rico with 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting and dished 4 dimes.
Rosario went 4-of-15 from the field, but struggled mightily with the tough U.S. perimeter defence.
“Puerto Rico’s a good team and we really wanted to step up to the challenge of guarding (Rosario),” Hayward said. “He is a great player and scored 54 the night before so we really didn’t want to let that happen again.”
With a 5-0 record, the USA is already into the quarterfinals, and cannot lose top position in Group E regardless of their clash with Lithuania Wednesday at the North Shore Events Centre.
Puerto Rico has three wins, and can move through to the quarters with a win over Egypt tomorrow morning at ASB Stadium.
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.